Ryman Auditorium unveils statues of Jimmy Dickens, Bill Monroe

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Ryman Auditorium unveiled statues of Little Jimmy Dickens and Bill Monroe Wednesday morning.

Brad Paisley did the honors for Dickens while Ricky Skaggs introduced the statue for Monroe.

“Jimmy was a man who realized he had a different set of attributes to offer country music,” Paisley said. “And this was a life lesson in using God’s gifts when sometimes they don’t seem like gifts. If he had been 6 feet tall, he would have still been successful, but we would have been cheated out of one of the greatest acts in the history of our format.”

Dickens died in early January 2015 at the age of 94. Monroe died in the fall of 1996 at 84 years old. Both men are both members of the Country Music Hall of Fame.