Chris Stapleton and Sturgill Simpson are a pair of Kentuckians that have taken the music industry by storm, but they probably aren’t even the most popular musicians from the state.
‘True to Self,’ the second album by Louisville’s Bryson Tiller, debuted as the No. 1 album in America, ahead of Kendrick Lamar and Drake on the Billboard charts. He celebrated his first No. 1 album by revitalizing the basketball courts down the street from his childhood home.
A product of Iroquois High School and the Hazelwood neighborhood, Tiller teamed up with Nike to create the three best outdoor basketball courts in the Commonwealth. “It’s Possible Here” adorns each baseline. Even though people told Tiller, “You can’t make it out of Louisville,” he’s proof you can and he wants the community to know anything is possible.
“Not everybody can be Bryson Tiller. Not everybody can be Muhammad Ali. But everybody can do good,” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Wyandotte Park, located near the Watterson Expressway and Taylor Boulevard, is usually pretty crowded, but I’ve never seen anything like this. Approximately 2,500 people gathered to see their local hero and watch some basketball.
The crowd’s reaction when Tiller arrived.
– Nick Roush (@RoushKSR) June 7, 2017
– Mayor Greg Fischer (@louisvillemayor) June 7, 2017