Wax attraction Madame Tussauds will open its newest location in Nashville this spring, but it is already honoring one of Nashville’s own.
Brad Paisley joined to pay tribute to Grand Ole Opry legend Little Jimmy Dickens during Saturday evening’s (Dec. 17) Opry at the Ryman show, via the unveiling of the late singer’s wax figure to the sold-out crowd. Paisley also performed Dickens’ hit “Out Behind The Barn.”
The life-like figure, which portrays Jimmy from the 1960’s, is adorned with one of Dickens’ signature rhinestone-studded suits designed by his original tailors, a “JD” ring, cowboy boots and cowboy hat. His figure’s friendly, relaxed expression was decided upon by his wife. His figure will be perched on a stool, playing a personalized guitar in a broadcast setting within the attraction.
“I’m floored at the likeness,” said Paisley. “Jimmy gave the Opry the personality it deserved. He was the kindest to new artists of anybody. He was never judgmental and he was always extremely supportive. He was a man who loved everyone and I’m honored to sing one of his songs (“Out Behind the Barn”).”
Little Jimmy Dickens is famous for his humorous novelty country songs and his small 4-foot-11-inch stature. He is credited for introducing rhinestone-studded outfits to live country music performances. Dickens is member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry more than 60 years ago. Dickens was the oldest living member of the Opry before his death in early 2015.
Additional figures hitting the stage at Madame Tussauds Nashville include Carrie Underwood, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Minnie Pearl and Johnny Cash. More artists will be added to the bill within the coming weeks.
Guests can save $5 off the regular price by purchasing early bird tickets to the attraction. The tickets can be redeemed anytime following the grand opening until the end of 2017. Purchasing early bird tickets will provide guests with the opportunity to be one of the first to experience the attraction. These limited-time-only tickets are $19 for adults and $14 for children ages 3-12. Prices will return to regular attraction price following the grand opening. Ages two and under are free.
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