KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A new country song that debuted on the University of Tennessee's student radio station Friday pays a three-minute homage to the university's logo — the Power T.
It's called "Big Orange T" and was performed by a country music band based in Nashville named Old Crow Medicine Show. The song played over the university's airwaves at around 12 p.m. Friday. Benny Smith, general manager of the radio station, also said that some students helped prepare the music video.
The video shows the band singing about the Power T while they painted it on the side of a building. They lyrics focus on its prominence in East Tennessee, and they sing about how it's often painted on barns, decorated on cars and adorned on buildings throughout the state.
"We're all one hillbilly family, and we spell Tennessee with a Big Orange T," they sing.
Old Crow Medicine Show has also shared their Vol Spirit on social media, congratulating Tennessee on making it to the top of the College Football Playoff ranking.
The band is known uses string instruments to create a rustic and traditional sound. They started recording in 1998 and were later inducted into the Grande Ole Opry. They also won two Grammy awards, one for best folk album in 2014 and another for best long-form music video in 2013.