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Nellen Dryden has never been to Tullahoma but the name still served as inspiration for her new, web-exclusive song that can be heard on The Boot.

It’s not the first time someone has written a song about Tullahoma, but Nellen Dryden’s newest single called “Tullahoma” is the most recent of the city in lyrics.

Singer-songwriter Nellen Dryden dropped her new song “Tullahoma”, exclusively for readers of The Boot. The song is a “vintage-inspired ode to a uniquely named Tennessee town,” according to the website.

Dryden said she wanted to look outside of the city of Nashville, which has been the name-sake for many tunes, for lyrical inspiration.

“Gotta get outta here / Everybody I know is in a band, dressed up in that country-fried gear,” she sings in Tullahoma. “There’s a place unknown, it’s not too far / Well, it could be boring, but, baby, I could be a star.”

“I kind of see “Tullahoma” as a state of mind, because technically I’ve never been there before,” Dryden told The Boot. “I wrote it about escaping the daily grind, getting out of town and fantasizing about chasing dreams somewhere else. Maybe where everyone is not trying to do the same thing, like Nashville.”

With its old-school country and roots-rock influences, Dryden’s sound will appeal to fans of Bonnie Raitt, Alabama Shakes and the Highwomen. “Tullahoma” is her first single from an album that’s in the works. Produced by Josh Hahn, the project was recorded live to tape at the Bomb Shelter in East Nashville.

A release date for Dryden’s album has not yet been announced, but fans can expect it “soon.” “Tullahoma” was available on all streaming platforms Sept. 27. You may visit NellenDryden.com for more on her music and upcoming performances.

To read about Dryden and the song and to listen to it online go to https://theboot.com/nellen-dryden-tullahoma-song/?utm_source=tsmclip&utm_medium=referral.

According to local historian Dot Watson, there are a few other songs that contain Tullahoma in their lyrics. One was released in the 1970 called The Tullahoma Dancing Pizza Man and was about the first pizza restaurant in town. In 1952, when President Harry Truman came to dedicate AEDC, local musician Alan Gray Campbell wrote Welcome to Tullahoma, Mister President and sang the song at the dedication ceremony.

Information used in the story courtesy of The Boot.

Duane Sherrill may be contacted at dsherrill@tullahomanews.com

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