My Homeland Tennessee: A Research Guide to Songs about Tennessee

Tennessee State Songs and Anthems

"Smoky Mountain Rain"

On June 9, 2010, Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen signed Senate Joint Resolution 966, adding yet another official state song to the ever growing list. The new addition, “Smoky Mountain Rain,” had been a major, signature hit for singer Ronnie Milsap since the early 1980s. It was written by Kye Fleming and Dennis Morgan after being approached by producer Tom Collins to create a song that would honor Milsap’s home region of western North Carolina. Although inspired by the Carolina mountains, the song has come to stand for a region that embraces Tennessee.

Greatest Hits, Ronnie Milsap - RCA/Victor AHL 1-3772 (RDE-006540)

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