My Tennessee Mountain Home

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My Tennessee Mountain Home
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 2, 1973
RecordedSeptember 1–October 3, 1972
StudioRCA Studio B (Nashville)
LabelRCA Victor
ProducerBob Ferguson
Dolly Parton chronology
We Found It
My Tennessee Mountain Home
Love and Music
Singles from My Tennessee Mountain Home
  1. "My Tennessee Mountain Home"
    Released: February 6, 1973
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideB+[2]
Music Box3.5/5 stars[3]
Uncut4/5 stars[5]

My Tennessee Mountain Home is the eleventh solo studio album by Dolly Parton. It was released on April 2, 1973, by RCA Victor. The house pictured on the album cover was the house in which the Parton family lived during the late 1940s and early 1950s.

Music and lyrics[edit]

Largely a concept album about her childhood in rural East Tennessee, the album began with a recitation of the first letter Parton wrote to her parents, shortly after moving from her hometown of Sevierville, Tennessee to Nashville in 1964. Most of the songs were fond reminiscences of her youth and family, though in one song, "In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad)", Parton candidly admits that though she is grateful for the lessons the poverty of her childhood taught her, she is in no hurry to repeat the experience. The final cut on the album, "Down on Music Row", recounts her first days on Nashville's Music Row, scrambling to get a record deal, and thanking those who helped her along the way (making specific mention of Chet Atkins and RCA's Bob Ferguson).


Though neither the album nor the title single were huge commercial hits for Parton — neither cracked the top ten on the U.S. country singles or albums charts — they remain fondly remembered by her fans; the My Tennessee Mountain Home album is among the most critically praised albums in Parton's catalogue. The title track became one of Parton's better-known compositions.


In later years, Parton has used the song "My Tennessee Mountain Home" as something of a theme song for her Dollywood theme park.

In 2009, "Eugene, Oregon" and Parton's original recording of "What Will Baby Be?," two outtakes from the recording sessions for this album, were released on the 4-disc, career-spanning box set "Dolly." Parton would later re-record "What Will Baby Be?" for inclusion on 1992's Slow Dancing with the Moon.

In 2010, Sony Music reissued the 2007 CD My Tennessee Mountain Home in a triple-feature CD set with Coat of Many Colors and Jolene and they have never been out of print.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Dolly Parton.

Side one
No.TitleRecording dateLength
1."The Letter"September 5, 19722:03
2."I Remember"October 3, 19723:42
3."Old Black Kettle"September 5, 19722:32
4."Daddy's Working Boots"September 1, 19722:52
5."Dr. Robert F. Thomas"October 2, 19722:36
6."In the Good Old Days (When Times were Bad)"October 2, 19723:26
Side two
No.TitleRecording dateLength
1."My Tennessee Mountain Home"September 1, 19723:05
2."Wrong Direction Home"September 1, 19722:28
3."Back Home"October 3, 19722:44
4."The Better Part of Life"October 3, 19723:13
5."Down on Music Row"September 5, 19722:58



  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: P". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 10, 2019 – via
  3. ^ Music Box review
  4. ^ Wolk, Douglas (April 13, 2007). "Dolly Parton". Pitchfork. Retrieved March 10, 2019.
  5. ^ Alastair McKay Uncut, May 2007, Issue 120

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