Country singers like to tell stories. Sometimes, the stories are based in fact.
Sometimes they’re based in myth. Either way, these tales, myths and legends have a home. Here are eight places that hold a special place in country music lore.
Pigeon Forge/Sevierville, Tennessee – Dolly Parton
In her seminal hit “My Tennessee Mountain Home,” Dolly Parton conveys everything you need to know about her native Sevierville. Parton’s larger-than-life personality is embodied in Dollywood, an amusement park in Pigeon Forge, which is about seven miles south of Sevierville. In addition to a slew of rides, the park also features Dolly Parton’s Stampede, a four-course family dinner event filled with horse stunts, musical productions and comedy. The entire genre is celebrated at Country Tonite Theatre, which offers live country and comedy and dance performances.
A Dolly Parton statue in Sevierville’s downtown
Folsom, California, and Dyess, Arkansas – Johnny Cash Trail and Boyhood Home
The history of one of the Man in Black’s most well-known songs, “Folsom Prison Blues,” is told through the Johnny Cash Trail, which begins and ends with 7-foot guitar picks at Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park and Folsom Lake in the town of Folsom, about a half-hour east of Sacramento, California. One notable stop is the Folsom Prison exhibit – 15-foot bars with an image of a young Cash that can be seen from only one angle. More than 2,000 miles away, in Dyess, Arkansas, is Cash’s boyhood home, which was featured in the 2005 film “Walk the Line.” The home has been restored and preserved and is a must-see for any die-hard country music fan.