Hometown News was an American country music duo composed of singer-songwriters Ron Kingery and Scott Whitehead. Both musicians alternate as lead and background vocalists, in addition to playing guitar, while Kingery also plays the mandolin. Hometown News has recorded two independently released albums, in addition to charting two singles on the Billboard country music charts. Their highest-peaking single and only Top 40 hit, "Minivan", reached No. 37 in 2002.
Before the duo's formation, Ron Kingery worked as a studio engineer for various country music artists in Nashville, Tennessee, in addition to writing children's music. Scott Whitehead, a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin and formerly a pilot for the United States Navy, was also working a songwriter in Nashville, when he met Kingery at a songwriter's workshop in 1996. In addition, the duo appeared on the Grand Ole Opry, as well as playing gigs at several military bases.
The duo were then signed to VFR Records in 2002, recording their album Wheels that year. The album produced two singles in its title track and "Minivan", the latter a Top 40 hit. Shortly afterward, the duo embarked on a tour of the United States, sponsored by the Ford Motor Company. VFR closed in 2002, however, and the duo was left without a record deal.
Hometown News sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "God Bless America" at game six of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri, marking the last time that the U.S. National Anthem was sung at that stadium.
In 2005, Hometown News signed to the independent Quarterback Records label. Their second album, Hometown News, was released in 2006, although it did not produce any chart singles.
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