I read in the Enterprise that as of this week a new law has made Bluegrass
the official music of the state. That is great news and it is about
A lot of the music was fast and toe tapping but the most heart rendering
portion of the entire program was Terry Muncy and New Mountain.
Unfortunately 2 of their members could not appear so it was actually Terry
Muncy, formerly of Yancy, and John Gilbert, formerly of New York but now
living in Leslie County, performing Terry's songs. I have talked about him
before but I want to tell you again if you haven't listened to him and his
home grown songs, you have missed a real treat. His voice and his words
reach down inside and touch your very being. They come straight from his
heart and when you hear them, they go directly to your heart. He writes
about everyday life and problems all of us face, the painful and the
pleasant sides of real life. His rendition of his song Daddy's Home, about
a mine disaster and the relief when his own dad came out safely brought
tears to my eyes as well as many others I am sure. I saw people leaning
forward in their seats to hear him better. I saw others actually moving
their chairs closer to the stage so as not to miss a word as his voice is
soft and soothing and since he followed the rambunctious Bluegrass
Brothers, his voice sounded even softer.
Sandy Long - Chatterbox column (Jun 30, 2007)
"A Harlan Thang"
That's the title of singer/ songwriter Terry Muncy's new CD! "More Mountain Flavor Than Ever..." is the way I'd have to describe it. The original idea of a video about growing up in a coal camp in Harlan County sparked the verses of the song "Harlan Thang", and before the video was completed, Terry was getting lots of air play on Harlan radio and surrounding areas. Terry paints a musical "Portrait" of the lives of "Coal Camp Kids" growing up in lean times and waitin' for Daddy to come home from the mines. There's also a new cut on "Black Ice On Pine Mountain" and some never before released compositions that will take you on a musical journey full of down home Mountain Country Blues! "Who is this guy" you might ask... well, his new CD will give you a glimpse of who he is and what he's all about.There's a "New Mountain Flavor" in the hills of Kentucky, and the recipe is all Muncy. This album CD "Harlan Thang" is 'cookin'! Dobro, Banjo, Harmonica, and Terry's unique style of vocals, make "A Harlan Thang" his "Best Yet"! Visit Terry's website where his CD is available and call your local radio station and request some Muncy music...it'll do you good! Terry's website is www.terrymuncy.com
John Gilbert - Kentucky Mountain News (Feb 1, 2007)
>by Sandra Long
> I recently was privileged to hear Harlan County
>native Terry Muncy`s recently released CD
>``IT`S A HARLAN THANG``. This is a must have CD
>for anyone who lives or ever lived in Harlan County.
>His songs bring back memoies of a time when life was
>pleasant and relaxed. His memories are those a lot of us
>share and his voice has a haunting , soothing , sound
>that adds to your enjoyment of his songs. You can find
>it at Jewelcraft in Harlan or contact Terry at
>email@example.com or listen to it at
>www.cdbaby.com/terrymuncy2. Terry`s website is www.terrymuncy.com
Sandra Long - Harlan Daily Enterprise (Feb 4, 2007)
"...Kentucky, Kentucky, it's all about the music. Alot of artist have originated from the Kentucky hills. Alot have wrote songs about the mountains and bluegrass. The newest artist to do both is Terry Muncy. His music is straight from his life, which is straight from Harlan County in Southern Kentucky.
This is country music that covers subjects like faimly, cars, coal miners and the life that once was.
...Terry Muncy is sure to be a hit among those who can remember the life in the hills of Kentucky and among country music lovers alike."
R. Parks - Mountain Morning News
"...I listened to Kentucky Chrome and every song on the album several times and what I got was 'mileage'! Yup, mileage. Lots of mileage...you see for the price of approximately 4 gallons of gas these days(100 miles max...on the highway), you could take a musical journey through the countryside, to the big city and back home again with Terry Muncy! 'Swing By' and get Annie on the way pass the 'Halfway House to Heaven'. watch out for some 'Rocky Ground', not to mention the 'Black Ice on Pine Mountain' and several other pleasant surprises on this musical adventure.
...I liked it a lot; I would recommend it to my music lovin' friends around here, especially since Terry is a 'home boy'! Born in 1937 in Warbranch, KY and growing up in nearby Harlan makes him one of our own."
John Gilbert - Thousandsticks News -Volume 107 Number 35
For the full article go to the links section and click on the Harlan Daily link.
Jennifer McDaniels - Harlan Daily Enterprise
"...His latest song is probably is best yet, and he sings it himself. It is called "It's a Harlan Thang." If you went to the Going Back to Harlan Bluegrass Festival, you heard him singing it. It is a wonderful story about life in the coal camps as many of us remember it. Just listening to it brings back so many memories, it's almost like being there. ..."
Sandy Long - Harlan Daily Enterprise