Tom T. Hall promotes Kentucky talent competition

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Country music great Tom T. Hall is touting his home state and the talent in communities along an eastern Kentucky highway that have produced some of Nashville's top stars.

Hall gushed about Kentucky producing the best bourbon whiskey, fastest horses and most beautiful women, a spin on lyrics to one of his best-known songs.

But "The Storyteller" also bragged about the talented musicians in promoting the Country Music Highway Road to Fame talent contest that begins next month to showcase the musical abilities of eastern Kentuckians.

The Country Music Highway, which runs through the mountains of eastern Kentucky, got its name from the long list of Nashville stars who grew up along the route, including Loretta Lynn, Naomi Judd, Billy Ray Cyrus, Patty Loveless and Ricky Skaggs.

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