- Tobacco Road, London, Kentucky, United States
- A song written and recorded by John D. Loudermilk in 1960
- A 1932 novel by Erskine Caldwell
- The tobacco-producing area of North Carolina
Tobacco Road, the song written and recorded by John D. Loudermilk in 1960, was a hit for The Nashville Teens in 1964, becoming a standard across several musical genres since. Framed originally as a folk song, "Tobacco Road" was a semi-autobiographical tale of growing up in North Carolina, particularly the town of Durham. It was released on Columbia Records and was not a hit for Loudermilk, only achieving minor chart success in Australia. However, other artists immediately began recording and performing the song.
The 1932 novel, 'Tobacco Road', was written by Erskine Caldwell in 1932, about Georgian sharecroppers. Dramatized for Broadway by Jack Kirkland in 1933, it ran for an at-the-time-astounding eight years (a whopping 3,182 performances). A film version appeared in 1941, and was deliberately played mainly for laughs, the story line being considerably altered as John Ford took up direction duties.
Tobacco Road also refers to the tobacco-producing area of North Carolina. It is often used when referring to sports - particularly basketball - played among rival North Carolina university rivals. The phrase actually originated as the title of Erskine Caldwell's aforementioned 1932, but naturally migrated to North Carolina because of the primacy tobacco production in the state.