My Homeland Tennessee: A Research Guide to Songs about Tennessee

Tennessee State Songs and Anthems

"Tennessee", by John R. Bean

John Bean’s gentle tribute to the state,“Tennessee,” is a song that is stylistically quite different from the rest of his work, which could be characterized kindly as being in the jokester/prankster mode. Songwriter Stephen Hunley started the campaign to have “Tennessee” recognized as a state song, and in May of 2011 the State Senate voted to adopt “Tennessee” as the newest official state song.

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