Down the Old Road

Welcome to this page. I have updated the songs so that they may be purchased. Each one has a base price of 99 cents. However, if you wish to donate more, you can set your own price during checkout. 100% of the money will go to Dolly Parton's charity, My People Fund.  Update: Dolly has allocated and given out the funds from her project, and is now referring all  donations to Mountain Tough. Click on Mountain Tough to learn more. We will also forward donations their way. Thank you. #PrayersForGatlinburg  #SmokyMtnStrong

On November 30th, 2016, I posted a song I wrote in sadness over the horrific wildfires in the Great Smoky Mountains and Gatlinburg regions. My roots are in the area. My Papaw was from Metcalf Bottoms, as well as many other family members. As a child we went to the mountains almost every weekend, vacationed there and it is like a second home to me. My heart hurts from the losses this area is experiencing. The loss of human and animal life, and the the loss of so much history and environment. When I posted my song, it was more me crying aloud, trying to mentally deal with it I suppose. Not surprisingly, I was not alone. Many other wonderful artists and friends asked if they could record my words. I have agreed as long as it is a work of the heart, to bring comfort to us all. The song can be used to raise money for the charity effort, but never for profit. I am so humbled by the hundreds and shares and comments the song has received. A sincere, teary eyed thank you to everyone who is a part of this project and to those who support it. The East Tennessee area is strong, resilient and will overcome this tragedy through the love and support of one another. If you would like to record the song, please contact me. Thank you!  


Click below to read this amazing story of what a Dollywood employee found

Dollywood employee finds lone Bible page while cleaning up during fires


Down the Old Road

Oh, won’t you come to Tennessee 
Though I may not be the same 
One night the wind took hold of me 
And I fought the damning flames 
But I will sit here by this creek 
And if I allow my eyes to close 
I’ll remember the way it was 
The way the old road goes 

There is a mountain that I know 
Down the old road..... 
And the creek flows as it goes 
Down the old road... 
And the trees whisper my name 
Though I may never be the same 
After I take a walk 
Down the old road... 

The bridges have been burned 
But the faces still remain 
They’ve been my neighbors 
Through the fire and rain 
It’s an old road I’ve known 
I’ve walked it all my years 
But today has been the first 
I’ve ever walked it in tears 

There is a mountain that I know 
Down the old road..... 
And the creek flows as it goes 
Down the old road... 
And the trees whisper my name 
Though I may never be the same 
After I take a walk 
Down the old road... 

Granddaddy was raised up 
In Little Greenbrier 
I wonder what he’ld say 
About all these fires 
I can imagine a tear 
Falling from his eye 
And he was not the sort of man 
Who would up and cry 

There is a mountain that I know 
Down the old road..... 
And the creek flows as it goes 
Down the old road... 
And the trees whisper my name 
Though I may never be the same 
After I take a walk 
Down the old road... 

©November 2016 Beth Sutton/Sutton Aquarius

The first talented artist to record the song is Gene Blair. If you would like to learn more about Gene and his music, you can visit him at this link:
Gene Blair
The next version we have to share is from Perry Bonck, Scott Neubert and Steve Holland. These talented gentlemen have worked really hard to create this great song.
You can learn more about Perry at this link:
Perry Bonck 
/
  1. 1 Down the Old Road 03:56 Info Your price In cart

    Down the Old Road

    Track download

    Please choose a price: $ USD ($0.99 or more)

    Please pay at least $0.99

    or close
    /
David Hawkins was the next great artist I received the song from. You can learn more about him by going to this link:
David Hawkins
Heidi Monika Johnson is the next wonderful artist working on the song. She has this version she recorded as she was outside...natural and unedited...She is working on a version with piano. To hear more of her work, please visit her at: Heidi Monika Johnson
The next emotional, amazing recording is from Sande Sue Riggs. Sande Sue works hard on keeping bluegrass 'alive,' as a gift to her late father. You can learn more about her at:  Sande Sue Riggs 
Learn more about how to help or receive assistance through Dolly Parton's "My People Fund." You can also visit this link:
Dollywood Foundation
Please add your links to other news stories, music, poetry, pictures, events or your comments below. thank you for visiting this page.
Add message

Add your message

  • Beth

    Beth

    [quote=Perry B] Beth has truly captured the heart and soul of the Great Smoky Mountains. It was an honor to be part of this project. Please give what you can or at least share this site. Together we can bring the charm and peacefulness back to the Smokies. [/quote] Perry, Thank you for your kind words, but you and the other artists made this entire project a reality.. May all those affected by the fires be blessed by your hard work.

    Perry B wrote:

    Beth has truly captured the heart and soul of the Great Smoky Mountains. It was an honor to be part of this project. Please give what you can or at least share this site. Together we can bring the charm and peacefulness back to the Smokies.

    Perry, Thank you for your kind words, but you and the other artists made this entire project a reality.. May all those affected by the fires be blessed by your hard work.

  • Kent

    Kent Chicago

    Beth you are a True Treasure

    Beth you are a True Treasure

  • Perry B

    Perry B

    Beth has truly captured the heart and soul of the Great Smoky Mountains. It was an honor to be part of this project. Please give what you can or at least share this site. Together we can bring the charm and peacefulness back to the Smokies.

    Beth has truly captured the heart and soul of the Great Smoky Mountains. It was an honor to be part of this project. Please give what you can or at least share this site. Together we can bring the charm and peacefulness back to the Smokies.

  • Jerry

    Jerry Sevierville, TN

    These songs are good.

    These songs are good.