Turn Up the Country This Thanksgiving
If there’s anything Tennessee is known for globally, it’s the music. From the gritty, soulful blues in Memphis to the twangy steel guitars that wail in Nashville, having some good tunes on tap is a must for any occasion. Whether you’re driving clients around showing properties next to Dolly Parton’s Brentwood house, hosting a socially-distanced open house, or having some family over on Turkey Day, we’ve put together a few country songs that you can mix into your playlist for a little extra Thanksgiving flavor.
Released in 1987, this lesser-known Merle Haggard song conveys a grateful tone with lyrics like “The love I've been needin' I just found in your heart...And I'm thanking the good Lord for you” and an easy-going tempo, making it perfect for Thanksgiving.
For the religious folks, it doesn’t get better than a sincere Johnny Cash spiritual. Heck, for anyone who loves country music, it doesn’t get better than Johnny Cash. And speaking of the Man in Black, his former Tennessee lakefront estate just sold for an impressive $3.2 million.
Besides being Shania Twain’s all-time favorite song, Dolly Parton masterfully conveys a powerful feeling of gratefulness that perfectly captures what this holiday is all about. She would know, too. Dolly Parton grew up in a one-room cabin with ten other siblings along the banks of the Little Pigeon River in Pittman Center, Tennessee. Today she may live in a 3,300 square-foot Brentwood home that she purchased in 1999 for $400,000, but she has never forgotten her roots.
This one is for the travelers out there. Since many of you will be traveling by car this Thanksgiving, we thought it would be appropriate to include one of the best road trip songs of all time. Written by the legendary songwriter Roger Miller, “King of the Road” will stick in your brain like superglue.
One of Hank’s best-known songs, with lyrics like “Hey good lookin’, what ya got cookin’” is fun for everyone. Kids love the catchy melody, and adults can relish in its inference. Either way, it’s a good song to have on hand.
The Williams’ Nashville house is also worth noting. Sitting at 4916 Franklin Pike in Nashville is a structure that has seen the likes of cultural icons like Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Fats Domino to name a few. In 1992, country legend Tammy Wynette purchased the house for $422,500 and lived in it until her death in 1998. Today it’s owned by a Nashville book publishing executive who purchased the house for $1.3 million in 2000. Could you imagine having Thanksgiving dinner there?
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