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Mountain mama! John Denver's 'Take Me Home, Country Roads' was inspired by Maryland, not West Virginia

Mountain mama! John Denver's 'Take Me Home, Country Roads' was inspired by Maryland, not West Virginia

Next time you hear John Denver warbling “Take Me Home, Country Roads” — or hear the group Spank perform it in the trailer for the video game Fallout 76, a version that has become a hit and an earworm over the past year or so since it came out — keep in mind that it wasn’t anywhere in West Virginia that inspired the massive hit, but rather a road in Montgomery County. Songwriter Bill Danoff, in a 1997 article he wrote for The Washington Post (in tribute to Denver, who’d just died), said he had begun writing the song while driving to a family reunion along Clopper Road, near Gaithersburg. He...

April 17, 2019
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