Whether or not you first heard the track round a campfire at summer season camp, in a bluegrass circle throughout your highschool years, or being sung a cappella by six orphaned miscreants behind Brewster Baker’s (aka Kenny Rogers’) Winnebago within the film Six Pack, the track “Rocky High, TN” most likely hit you in some particular approach. The long-lasting bluegrass track written by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, and first launched as a single on Christmas Day, 1967 by the Obsorne Brothers has gone on to develop into one of the vital well-recognized bluegrass songs in historical past. The Atlanta Journal-Structure as soon as ranked “Rocky High” quantity seven on its record of “100 Songs of the South” and the Tennessee Common Meeting has voted within the track as an official State Track regardless of it by no means being an enormous hit, and regardless of there not truly being a Rocky High, Tennessee …. till now.
“Rocky High, TN” was written by the Bryant writing duo (finest recognized for writing lots of the Everly Brothers’ hits) after they have been in search of a change of tempo after writing a bunch of sluggish songs. It took the duo solely ten minutes to put in writing “Rocky High”, and although the precise location of the Bryant’s Rocky High is assumed to reference the barren 5,440-foot “Rocky High” summit within the Nice Smoky Mountains close to the Tennessee / North Carolina border, not removed from Gatlinburg the place the track was written, there’s no individuals or neighborhood there like there’s within the track.
Nevertheless one enterprising city in East Tennessee known as Lake Metropolis just a bit north of Knoxville noticed the place the shortage of a real Rocky High, Tennessee might be a possibility. Seeking to increase tourism to the city of round 2,000, Lake Metropolis’s metropolis council voted on November seventh, 2013 to petition the Tennessee State Meeting and have the city’s title formally modified to Rocky High. The thought was partially impressed by a enterprise partnership that advised if the city modified its title, they might construct a theme park there.
It gave the impression of a good suggestion to the town council, however the path from Lake Metropolis to Rocky High could be rocky by far. The Home of Bryant, which owns the copyright to the “Rocky High, TN” track and a number of logos related to the title put up a combat, and mentioned the city’s title change violated mental property legal guidelines. On Might twenty ninth, 2014, The Home of Bryant sought a preliminary injunction to bar the city from altering its title, however a district decide denied the request. On June twenty sixth, Lake Metropolis legally modified it’s title to Rocky High, and for the primary time, Rocky High, Tennessee turned an precise place.
One of many nice issues in regards to the track “Rocky High, TN” is that regardless that it could have by no means been about an actual place, it speaks deeply about our sense of residence and luxury, and regret a couple of altering world. Solely becoming that “Rocky High” now formally has a house of its personal.