My Homeland Tennessee
Compelling stories of famous and noteworthy Tennesseans
In Tennessee you can hike shady mountain trails in the morning, and by evening be stomping your feet in Nashville at the Bluebird Café or walking Beale Street in Memphis looking for the ghost of Elvis. Tennessee’s poetic pioneers created nearly every form of American music– rock and roll, blues, soul and country, to name a few. Singer and songwriter Dolly Parton shares childhood memories that she calls her “Smoky Mountain DNA” in the introduction to this incredible book about the celebrities, visionaries, business leaders and companies that call the Volunteer State of Tennessee home.
456 full-color pages
Fascinating profiles of famous personalities who proudly call Tennessee their home, including:
Roy Acuff–singer, songwriter, Maynardville, James Agee–writer, poet, Knoxville, Eddie Arnold–singer, Henderson, Chet Atkins–guitarist, Lutrell, Kathy Bates–actress, Memphis, Pat Boone–singer, Nashville, Dixie Carter–actress, McLemoresville, Johnny Cash–singer, Memphis, Kelly Cash–Miss America, Memphis, Kenny Chesney–singer, Knoxville, Davy Crockett–frontiersman, Green City, Billy Ray Cyrus–singer, actor, Nashville, Miley Cyrus–singer, Nashville, Sam Davis–confederate soldier, Smyrna, Lester Flatt–bluegrass musician, Overton City, Shelby Foote–novelist, historian, Memphis, Tennessee Ernie Ford–singer, Bristol, Nathan Bedford Forrest–civil war general, Bedford County, Megan Fox–actress, Oak Ridge, Morgan Freeman–actor, Memphis, Aretha Franklin–singer, Memphis, Nikki Giovanni–writer, poet, educator, Knoxville, Al Gore–politician, author, environmental activist, Carthage, Al Green–reverend, vocalist, producer, Memphis, Red Grooms–artist, filmmaker, Nashville, Alex Haley–author, actor, Henning, George Hamilton–actor, Memphis, W.C. Handy–musician, composer, vocalist, Memphis, Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway–NBA player, Memphis, Isaac Hayes–composer, Covington, Samuel L. Jackson–actor, Chattanooga, Michael Jeter–actor, Lawrenceburg, Casey Jones–railroad engineer, Jackson, B.B. King–musician, singer, songwriter, Memphis, Jerry Lee Lewis–musician, Memphis, Nashville, Landra Locke–actress, Shelbyville, Jim Mabry–football player, Memphis, Coach Johnny Majors–head UT coach, Lynchbury, Wink Martindale–disc jockey, television personality, Jackson, Cormac McCarthy–writer, Knoxville, Tim McCarver–Major League baseball player, broadcaster, Memphis, Patricia Neal–actress, Knoxville, Robert Neyland–UT winningest coach, Knoxville, Roy Orbison–musician, songwriter, Hendersonville, Dolly Parton–singer, actor, Sevierville, Minni Pearl–singer, comedienne, Centerville, Chad Pennington–NFL player, Knoxville, Carl Perkins–singer,songwriter, guitarist, Tiptonville, Sam Phillips–record producer, Memphis, Elvis Presley–singer,actor, Memphis, Dave Ramsey–financial wizard, Antiock , Otis Redding–musician, Michael Ramirez–pulitizer prize cartoonist, Memphis, Charlie Rich–singer, songwriter, Memphis, Oscar P. Robertson–Olympic Gold Medallist, Charlotte, William Rudolph–gold medalist, track, Nashville, Cybil Shepherd–actress, Memphis, Dinah Shore–actress, singer, Winchester, T.S. Stribling–writer,novelist, Clifton, Pat Summitt–UT head basketball coach, Henrietta, Quentin Taratino–director, actor, producer, Nashville, Rufus Thomas–blues singer, Memphis, Justin Timberlake–singer, Memphis, Tina Turner–singer, Nutbush, Reggie White–NFL player, Chattanooga, and Reese Witherspoon–actress, producer, Nashville.
Plus personal biographies of noteworthy Tennesseans, including:
Edward “Boss” Crump, Peter C. Doherty, Alan Lightman, Ida B. Wells, Fred Smith, Clarence Saunders, Kemmons Wilson, Richard Halleburtin, Benjamin Hooks, Mark Dean, Ann Dallas Dudley, Buford Pusser, Julian Bond, Nancy Ward, Robert Reed Church, Abe Plough, Arnold Perl, Barbara and Pit Hyde, Jim Ayers, Mike Curb, Tommy Frist, Dave Ramsey, William B. Dunnavant, Thomas Boggs, Patrick Neely, Jack Belz, Alter Beach, Alvin York