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Saving Stories: Kentucky-Born Storyteller Tom T. Hall Talks Songwriting, Life In A Small Town

Nunn Center

In this edition of WUKY’s Award Winning History Segment, Saving Stories Alan Lytle and Nunn Center for Oral History director Doug Boyd highlight an interview with the singer-songwriter Tom T. Hall who died recently at the age of 85. 

 This interview, which also featured his wife, Dixie Hall, was recorded in 2009 and is part of the Nunn Center’s project partnering with the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum. Hall, who composed “Harper Valley P.T.A.” and sang about life’s simple joys as country music’s consummate blue collar bard was known as “The Storyteller” for his unadorned yet incisive lyrics. He composed hundreds of songs and had several No. 1 hits as a singer. Born in Olive Hill, Kentucky Tom T. Hall wrote his first song by age 9. Throughout the ’70s, Hall became one of Nashville’s biggest singer-songwriters. His hits included “I Love,” “Country Is,” “I Care,” “Week In A Country Jail,” “I Like Beer,” and “Faster Horses (The Cowboy and The Poet.)”


Access the Nunn Center’s full interview with Tom T. Hall and Dixie Hall online:


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