Tennessee Stud

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Tennessee Stud is a song written by Jimmy Driftwood. It was released in 1959 by Driftwood[1] and tells the story about a man, his horse and their travels in Tennessee, Arkansas, Texas, and Mexico in 1825. It has been covered by various musicians including Chris LeDoux, Eddy Arnold, Chet Atkins, Doc Watson, Meat Puppets, Jerry Reed, Hank Williams, Jr. and Johnny Cash.[1] "Tennessee Stud" is considered to be Driftwood's most recorded song.[2]

Eddie Arnold's version of the song was nominated for a Grammy in both country and folk categories in 1959.[2]

Doc Watson recorded the song on his 1966 album Southbound.[1] Interest in the song was revived in 1972 when he recorded the song with Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in their groundbreaking rock/country crossover album Will the Circle be Unbroken. Watson again released the song on his 2003 album of the same name.


  1. ^ a b c Koch, Stephen; Brantley, Max (March 17, 2005). "Tennessee Stud". Arkansas Times. Retrieved 24 May 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Stone, Peter. "Jimmy Driftwood". Cultural Equity. Association for Cultural Equity. Retrieved 25 May 2015.