Appalachia Music Pap

At the Name of Jesus

Original music by Pap Jerry Wilson
Pap picking on Granny Gazzie’s front porch – Ranger, NC

Pap has written tons of songs over the years.  I always liked the songs he wrote, but as I got older the songs took on a brighter meaning for me because I knew each word described what was in Pap’s heart and mind.

At The Name Of Jesus is among my favorite songs penned by Pap. From the first time I heard it-I loved it. The song has a lonesome sound to it. The tune is reminiscent of the ballads Appalachia is so often associated with.

I liked the song so much, that when the girls first started singing with Pap in church I begged (then forced) them to learn it. At that young age, they thought the whooo part was embarrassing and they never did do the song more than once or twice.

We did eventually play the song together as a group. Chitter’s fiddle seemed a perfect fit for the melody. I used to think  it was like Pap wrote it and then for all the years in between the song patiently waited to be played with all the needed instruments.

I hope you enjoyed the video. The song is featured on Paul and Pap’s new cd Shepherd of my Soul.  The cd contains 13 original songs written by Pap, 1 written by Paul, 3 gospel standards, and one Instrumental Reprise of the first song on the cd.  If you’re interested in purchasing a cd you can buy one directly from me (go here for the details) or jump over to my the Blind Pig and The Acorn Etsy shop and pick one up there.



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    Chuck Howell
    September 25, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    “All things shall perish from under the Sky
    Music alone shall live, Music alone shall live
    Never to die”

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    Suzi Phillips
    May 17, 2016 at 11:33 pm

    How bleesed y’all are to have taken the opprotunity to record all these precious memories!

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    Deb Kroll
    May 15, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    Love this! And the fiddle accompaniment is perfect!

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    Rev. Rose Marie "RB" Redmond
    May 15, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    What a blessing to have such talent throughout a family.
    Prayers everyone has a safe and happy week.
    God bless.

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    Ken Roper
    May 15, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    I’m late getting to the shop today (the race at Dover) to feed the Cats, but they didn’t say much to me.
    Pap left a good impression on me, I got a special feeling just knowing him and I love you all’s singing together as many folks do. “At the Name of Jesus” is a powerful statement. Pap had a way with words…Ken

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    Sandy Quandt
    May 15, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    Thanks for posting this, Tipper. The song is wonderful and the scripture is one of my favorites. Everyone is going to bow.

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    May 15, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    Since I went on a trip to the mountains this weekend, it was mid-afternoon before I accessed “Blind Pig” today and hear Pap’s song so wonderfully done by the Wilson-Pressley musicians! Inspired song, for sure! What a treasure you and others have of Pap’s songs. I am so glad you recorded them. Thanks you! And I am so glad he composed words and music when the inspiration came to him! To God be the glory!

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    b. Ruth
    May 15, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    Loved seeing the video and watching and hearing them playing “At The Name Of Jesus” again.
    Awesome! Very thought provoking and powerful song, words and melody!
    Thanks Tipper,
    Have a great day!
    Even though a bit chilly, the sun is warm under the big blue sky!
    I lost count of the many birds feeding and singing round about the yard and landing on the trellises!

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    May 15, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Jack-thank you for the great comments! Yep Paul loves tennis-you have a good eye : ) He plays as much as he can. 

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    Sue Crane
    May 15, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    Pap’s love wraps around all of you in his music – a lasting legacy that the generations are carrying along. What a blessing.

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    anita griffith
    May 15, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    My dad was a baptist preacher in E.KY for 58 yrs.He also loved the old mountain music.He played the banjo,guitar,and fiddle.He called the banjo a banjer.He has been gone for over 5 yrs. I think of him every day.I know I would have loved your pap and his music had I met him.Isn’t it wonderful that the LORD has promised us that we get to meet our loved ones again. PS I was just thinking how much more precious, the time your girls spent with their pap,will become to them in years to come. LG

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    May 15, 2016 at 9:04 am

    Very nice gospel sound. Like the pic of young Pap on the porch at Ranger. Is Paul a tennis player or did he just get a good deal on the shirt?

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    May 15, 2016 at 8:53 am

    We loved the sound and words of “At the Name of Jesus” the first time we heard it. We then listened to it until we thought we had the words and the chords right, wrote you for permission to sing it at church, and have been using it ever since. It is a band favorite and a favorite of several in our congregation.

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    Rooney Floyd
    May 15, 2016 at 8:23 am

    POWERFUL! Is there no end to the “Wilson Treasures”?

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    Miss Cindy
    May 15, 2016 at 7:47 am

    Your right, Chitter’s Fiddle is the perfect accompaniment for that song and it is a lovely song!

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    Eleanor Loos
    May 15, 2016 at 7:38 am

    “At the Name of Jesus” is surely true to Scripture. Your Pap knew His Bible, Tipper. I’m glad to have purchased “Shepherd of my Soul” and have continual access to that selection. Blessings on you all as you glorify Jesus with your musical talents.
    Eleanor L., Columbia Station, OH

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