Entertainment Music Country Trisha Yearwood Road Trips Back to Her Georgia Hometown to Celebrate Her New Album Trisha Yearwood went back to her Georgia roots on Labor Day weekend to retrace the drive she took to Nashville every weekend to follow her dreams before she became a country superstar By Melody Chiu Melody Chiu Instagram Twitter Melody Chiu is a Senior Editor for PEOPLE. She has been with the brand since 2009, editing, writing and reporting across all entertainment verticals. She oversees PEOPLE's music and events coverage and has written cover stories on Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Melissa McCarthy, Blake Shelton and Sandra Oh. The Los Angeles native graduated from the University of Southern California and has appeared on Extra!, The Talk, Access Hollywood and Good Morning America. People Editorial Guidelines Published on September 10, 2019 02:30 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos 01 of 12 "It's really cool to go back home to Monticello and just drive through and see everybody and remember driving those streets. You know, I got my learner's permit in that town and I can show you the stretch of road where I did my driving test." 02 of 12 Courtesy Trisha Yearwood "People have 'Welcome Home, Trisha' in all the storefronts, which is the way it has always been when I’ve gone back for events in my hometown." 03 of 12 Courtesy Trisha Yearwood "This is a place that really does claim me as theirs and they’re family. They’re family for me.” 04 of 12 Courtesy Trisha Yearwood “It’s funny that we park this huge 'Trisha Yearwood Every Girl' bus on the town square because growing up, the square was a place where we were not allowed to hang out and my folks told me if I ever got caught on the square, I’d be in trouble!" 05 of 12 Courtesy Trisha Yearwood “I had to go by the Dairy Queen. There’s always a 'WELCOME HOME TRISHA' sign. My grandmother worked there when I was in high school. We were not allowed to get ice cream after school. If I went in, sometimes she would let me have it, but she would decide. She’d go, 'I know we’re having dinner tonight and you’re not gonna get anything!'" 06 of 12 Courtesy Trisha Yearwood “One of my favorite things about this Every Girl Road Trip was having my sister, Beth, with me." 07 of 12 Courtesy Trisha Yearwood "She’s my person. And she’s the person that I have shared all my ups and downs with so to have her experience it with me was such an honor. I’m just so grateful that she went with me on this trip.” 08 of 12 Courtesy Trisha Yearwood “Also, it was her birthday on the last day of this trip and that’s another reason that I’m so grateful that she came with us. We had a cake waiting for her at the Country Music Hall of Fame to say ‘Happy Birthday’ and that was really cool.” 09 of 12 Courtesy Trisha Yearwood “And the whole team, the whole team that just did whatever it took. This was a crew that, we brought one guy who did video but he didn’t have a lighting person or a sound person. So, everybody on Team TY just jumped in to help and we had fun.” 10 of 12 Courtesy Trisha Yearwood “It’s just been an amazing weekend and I just feel really grateful that I got a chance to say 'Hi' and 'Thank you' to so many people and to hear their stories about what Every Girl means to them." 11 of 12 Seeing Southern Photography "I know what it means to me [to meet my fans at home] and this has just been a great trip!” 12 of 12 Courtesy Trisha Yearwood Yearwood's latest album Every Girl is available now..