Rocky Top

Rocky Top is an upbeat tune referring to the hills of Tennessee. It is one of the state’s ten official state songs. Wikipedia describes “Rocky Top is a subpeak of Thunderhead Mountain, which overlooks Cades Cove, and is traversed by the Appalachian Trail. Rocky Top appears on maps of the western Smokies as early as Read More

Little Rock

One of the more popular songs about Arkansas is the 1994 country song, Little Rock. The song focuses on an alcoholic man striving to put his life back together in Little Rock, Arkansas. Wal-Mart, which was founded in Little Rock, Arkansas, is also mentioned. The song was written by Tom Douglas and recorded and released Read More

Profile of a Performer: Patsy Cline

I have several friends that are huge Patsy Cline fans, so I thought it would be fun to take a look at her life and career. Wikipedia says, “Cline was known for her rich tone, emotionally expressive and bold contralto voice, and her role as a country music industry pioneer. Along with Kitty Wells, she Read More

Behind the Song: I Will Always Love You

I Will Always Love You was a signature song for Whitney Houston, after she performed the song in her movie, The Bodyguard. However, the song was written by another big known star, Dolly Parton.  This would become the biggest song of her career as both a performer and songwriter. The song was the second single Read More

Profile of a Performer: Gene Autry

Gene Autry gained fame as a singing cowboy, when his career began in the 1930s. He was born Orvon Grover Autry on September 29, 1907 in north Texas.  He would work on his father’s ranch while he was still in school. After leaving school, his talents singing and playing the guitar led to the opportunity Read More

The Untold Story: The Dance

The Dance is Garth Brook’s signature song. The song was written by Tony Arata and Henry Drysdale-Wood. Arata says on his website the inspiration for the song was a scene from the movie Peggy Sue Got Married. He writes, “Kathleen Turner discovers she can’t alter one aspect of her past without affecting the rest. No Read More