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Songs I Grew Up On with Whitney Duncan

Last Tuesday, we talked to singer-songwriter Whitney Duncan during our latest segment of Songs I Grew Up On. Raised in Scotts Hill, Tennessee, halfway between Memphis and Nashville, Duncan cites five iconic country songs from her childhood – several of which were performed by female artists – as her greatest inspirations while writing her own music. We had a lot of fun accompanying Duncan as she took her trip down memory lane.

1. “Fishin’ in the Dark” by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (1987)

Duncan claimed this song represented the “summers of [her] childhood” growing up in the country. “It’s one of those timeless songs. It’s a classic!” she said. Duncan has also covered this song herself many times.


2. “Strawberry Wine” by Deana Carter (1996)

This song holds a special place in Duncan’s heart because of its truthful depiction of a young love she herself has experienced. “It hits home for me because I remember being 17…being young and in love. It’s the perfect song,” she mentioned. “It’s impossible to cover and do it justice. [Deana Carter’s] so perfect for that song. I never felt like I could make that song mine. It’s just a perfectly written song.”