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Tennessee and Kentucky

Reginald D Hunter begins his road trip through the American south by visiting the home of country music and tackling the tradition of blackface minstrelsy.

In the first of a three-part road trip, Georgia-born but London-based Reginald D Hunter returns home to explore the American south both past and present through its world-famous songs. Reg begins by exploring the sounds of Kentucky and Tennessee and the disturbing tradition of blackface minstrelsy.

Hunter is led through the south by its signature songs, including Dolly Parton's My Tennessee Mountain Home, Knoxville Girl, Blue Moon of Kentucky, Chattanooga Choo Choo and minstrel songs such as My Ol' Kentucky Home and Old Folks at Home.

On his voyage Reg visits Dollywood, a slave plantation in Bardstown, Nashville - the home of country music, a moonshine distillery in Gatlinburg and a string band festival in Mount Airy.

Featuring Dolly Parton, The Handsome Family and Del McCoury.

58 minutes

Last on

Fri 11 Jan 2019 23:30

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Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • Elvis Presley

    An American Trilogy

  • Gladys Knight & The Pips

    Midnight Train To Georgia

  • R.L. Burnside

    Goin' Down South

  • Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys

    Man Of Constant Sorrow

  • Arrested Development


  • Keith Billik & Derek Smith

    Dueling Banjos

  • Dolly Parton

    Tennessee Mountain Home

  • Dolly Parton

    9 to 5

  • Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs

    Foggy Mountain Breakdown

  • George Jones

    White Lightning

  • Lefty Frizzell

    Long Black Veil

  • The Louvin Brothers

    Knoxville Girl

  • The Handsome Family

    Knoxville Girl

  • Bob Dylan

    Nashville Skyline Rag

  • Charley Pride

    Kiss An Angel Good Morning

  • Dolly Parton

    Coat Of Many Colours

  • Patsy Cline

    Walkin' After Midnight

  • The Marshall Tucker Band

    Can't You See

  • Bill Monroe

    Uncle Pen

  • JD Wilkes

    Country Blues

  • The Del McCoury Band

    Blue Moon Of Kentucky

  • 00:00

    Elvis Presley

    An American Trilogy

  • 00:30

    Nina Simone


  • Duane Eddy

    Theme From Dixie

  • Roy Orbison

    Beautiful Dreamer

  • Al Jolson

    De Camptown Races

  • The Handsome Family

    Old Folks At Home

  • Stephen Foster

    My Old Kentucky Home

  • Hurray for the Riff Raff

    I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

  • Johnny Cash

    Orange Blossom Special

  • Glenn Miller Orchestra, Paula Kelly, Tex Beneke & The Modernaires

    Chattanooga Choo Choo

  • Elvis Presley

    Mystery Train

  • The Allman Brothers Band

    Ramblin' Man

  • Dom Flemons

    Po Black Sheep


Role Contributor
Presenter Reginald D Hunter
Series Producer Ben Whalley
Executive Producer Mark Cooper
Participant Dolly Parton
Participant The Handsome Family
Participant Del McCoury


  • Sat 21 Feb 2015 21:00
  • Sat 21 Feb 2015 22:00
  • Sun 22 Feb 2015 00:30
  • Wed 7 Oct 2015 23:45
  • Thu 8 Oct 2015 00:15
  • Fri 21 Jul 2017 22:00
  • Sat 22 Jul 2017 01:35
  • Fri 11 Jan 2019 23:30

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