“Take Me Home, Country Roads” has been heard in Irish pubs, near the Great Wall of China and in Thailand. Now it’s an official West Virginia state song, and the focus of a new documentary in Europe.
Dreama Denver, of Little Buddy Radio, who helped launch the effort to make “Take Me Home, Country Roads” one of the state’s official songs, spoke about the song and its story Friday when a Dutch film crew paid the radio station a visit.
“They were from the Netherlands,” Denver said. “Actually, what they called it was a mini-documentary. They have a television show that’s also a radio show. It’s called Top 2000. They let their listeners vote on the top 2,000 songs of the year.”
Once the world’s top 2,000 songs are chosen, the list is featured on the Nederlands 3 network.
“They called me about two weeks ago and I didn’t believe it at first,” Denver recalled. “They wanted to do a story about me spearheading the effort to make it a state song, so I invited Delegate Marty Gearheart (R-Mercer) and Sen. Bill Cole (R-Mercer), and we were all here for the interview.”
While the film crew interviewed Denver and her local guests, she interviewed the Dutch on Little Buddy Radio. Mercer County and the “Country Roads” story was just one stop on the film crew’s schedule.
“It was really, really fun,” Denver said. “They had just talked to Eric Burdon from The Animals, and today it was me, and tomorrow it was Bruce Hornsby. And then on Monday, they were interviewing Neil Sedaka. I think that was pretty good company to be in.”
The effort to add “Country Roads” West Virginia’s list of official songs started in 2012 after the subject came up on the Little Buddy Radio 93.1 FM show “Sunny Side Up.”
Denver, who is no relation to singer John Denver — whose real last name was Deutchendorf — enlisted the help of Mercer County’s representatives in the Legislature to help make the idea a reality. The song joined the list of official songs in March.
Denver said she owned “a huge thanks” to Gearheart, Cole, and Delegate Joe Ellington, R-Mercer, for their help.
“Take Me Home, Country Roads” is now on the list with “The West Virginia Hills, the tune “West Virginia, My Home Sweet Home,” and “This Is My West Virginia.”