Monday's Music Moves Me

Hometown, USA songs

I grew up in McDowell county in southern West Virginia. This is home of the Rocket Boys from Homer Hickam’s memoirs portrayed in the 1999 motion picture October Sky.


Are you ready to boogie? Lace up your blue suede shoes. It’s time to dance. This week’s theme is “Hometown, USA” Tell us where you are from and post your hometown bands, artists, or songs.

I have been away from home for 35 years. Needless to say, I do not know what local musicians are getting their groove on, but here are few artists/songwriters I grew up with who are still doing what they love!


To learn more about Clinton, click here.

Tony Vance was in DH’s graduating class, just like Clinton. You may remember me telling you Tony sang at our wedding. He has a singing style very similar to David Gates. Here he is singing solo.



A couple of years back, I shared that Tony plays with the contemporary Christian rock group The 5 Man Jesus Band, if not take a listen to these boys jamming for the Lord!

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There are other musical talents from back in the day, but these two are the only ones I know who are keeping the music alive. I would love to hear from friends telling me what’s going on with who!

Here’s an interesting tidbit for ya! Did you know, according to Wikipedia Christian pop artist/songwriter Michael W. Smith and Country music singer Brad Paisley are from the wild, wonderful state of West Virginia? Not me! Isn’t that cool?

One of my all-time favorite songs about wild, wonderful West Virginia is from a Rocky Mountain high folks artist. Come on sing along with me….

Before I go, I wanted to say, although I didn’t grow up in Knoxville it’s very much my new hometown after 35 years. That being said, allow me to introduce to you local talent Jason Terry.



Did you have a good time on the dance floor? I did. Why not show some blog love? Invite your friends to join the 4M crew now. There’s always room for one more!

On behalf of the lovely Dancing Queen,  Marie and her Solid Gold dancers ~ Callie, Stacy, Michelle and I thank you for joining us for another week of Monday’s Music Moves Me.

Now, it’s time for you to ask us to step out on the dance floor with you. By linking your musical post below you are inviting the 4M crew for a boogie down to your tunes. Remember to hop over to dance with our Spotlight Dancer at #1.

Next stop… your place!


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I born and raised in the Appalachian mountains of southern WV. I was a child bride when I married my high school sweetheart in 1979. We moved to Knoxville, TN to begin our life. Determined to prove nay-Sayers from our community wrong, I completed my education and went on to earn an A.S. in computer programming. From 1983-1987, I worked as a computer system’s manager. That’s a glorified title for someone who trouble shoots and maintains system back-ups. After the birth of our first child in 1988, I took early retirement. What have I been doing for the last 25+ years? I am proud to say, I am a SAHM and for most of those years I home-schooled our three children from K-12. Now, the nest is empty.


  • Rorybore

    oh so much love for John Denver!! I love singers like these you’ve shown, who can REALLY sing. that just have pure voices that you can listen to all day.

  • edshunnybunny

    I’m a John Denver fan since way back when! I’m not familiar with the other artists mentioned, except for Brad Paisley. I’ve never been to West Virginia, but would love to go sometime.

    We have several country musicians, who hail from Georgia. Among them, Alan Jackson, Trisha Yearwood, Billy Currington, Luke Bryan, and Jason Aldean. Cole Swindell is our newest local talent.

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog this morning, and leaving a comment! I love meeting new people! Do visit again, and I’ll do the same 🙂

    • Cathy Kennedy

      West Virginia is a beautiful state, especially in the northern parts. In our little neck of the woods, I never saw it so much as beautiful growing up. It wasn’t until I moved away that I grasped a new appreciation for my home. I, especially loved where my DH grew up on top of Bradshaw Mountain. From my in-laws porch looking across the plot of land where they once gardened, you get a small glimpse of a scene perhaps like the very one that inspired John Denver to write his song.

    • Cathy Kennedy

      Yeah, I figured this would be the case. The first thing that came to mind when I found out hometown artists was our theme is local unknowns. WV doesn’t have too many famous artists or at least not many I know, so I was happy to give old friends a little face time on my blog.

  • ImagesByCW

    Didn’t know a single one of them, except for John ‘Deutschendorf’ Denver 🙂 Back in the days when I used to play guitar and sing along, there were a few of his songs, of course, including the one you chose in my repertoire – LOL
    Have a great week, Cathy!

  • Naila Moon

    Of course John Denver! He was one of my favorite singers.
    I love the other musicians you have here too. I think it is great that many are still keeping the older music alive for a new generation who is loving it!

    Rock on my friend.

  • Haupi Justice

    Great West Virginia singers. Thanks for introducing me to them – since the only one I knew is John Denver. Talent is all over this country and that’s what this blog hop is all about. Learning about new talent. Great being out on this virtual dance floor with you. You really rocked the house this week. Thanks!

  • XmasDolly

    Whoa Girl, some real cool tunes, and your friend really sings great. Luvin’ the five man Jesus band too. They really rock! I really enjoyed the tune, and who doesn’t love John Denver! Way ta go girlfriend!!! Thanks for puttin’ the boogie in my soul!

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