Four Decades Later, Country Artists Return To 'Fox Hollow'

Aug 17, 2011

While a lot of rock musicians have recorded music for families recently, far fewer country musicians have done so. But a new release pays tribute to a Nashville kids' record that's nearly 40 years old.

In 1974, the children's album Songs of Fox Hollow by Tom T. Hall charted at No. 3 — not on the kids' music charts, but on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. Hall drew inspiration from his farm, penning lyrics about baby ducks, one-legged chickens, and root-beer-drinking snakes, with a gentleness that calmed and reassured little kids.

Last summer, a number of country and Americana musicians made a pilgrimage to Hall's farm outside Nashville to record those songs once more. The remade version, featuring contributions from Patty Griffin, Duane Eddy and others, is titled I Love: Tom T. Hall's Songs of Fox Hollow.

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