Earlier this week in Lawrence County, Arkansas, construction began on the Guitar Walk, a monument that will honor rockabilly pioneers such as Elvis, Johnny Cash, Conway Twitty, Jerry Lee Lewis, Sonny Burgess, Billy Lee Riley, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Wanda Jackson and others.
The Lawrence County area includes a stretch of US highway 67 from Newport to Pocahontas. This area was rife with honky tonks and small clubs where many artists cultivated their sound in live performances. The Guitar Walk is intended to commemorate the area’s contribution to rock and roll music.
The Guitar Walk plaza will be 100 feet long and 40 feet wide in the shape of a guitar (of course!) It will include life-sized silhouettes of legendary performers on the inside of the guitar with guitar strings cut into the concrete over frets made from brass.
The monument will also feature a recorded audio tour in which the great rockabilly pioneer, Sonny Burgess will tell stories about the honored performers including personal stories of working with and among other rock and roll legends as they invented the genre.
Officials hope to have the monument complete and open for visitors by this coming September.