Appalachia Music

Back In The Hills

Back In The Hills

By the time you read this post today, me and the girls will be headed back in the hills for a very special day. We’ll be somewhere along the fast moving creek you see in the photo-and of course I’ll tell you all about it before too long.

For now-enjoy one more song from our recent performance at the Union County Historical Society in Blairsville, GA.

Hope you enjoyed the song!


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    September 10, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    I love that you’re passing your heritage along to your girls. And I love the fact they are so interested!

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    September 10, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    can’t wait to hear rest of story!

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    anne d.
    September 10, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Even though I am tardy posting, could I be included in the running for the CD collection of special songs? (was away from computer or wouldn’t have missed by daily “heart dose of Blind Pig treasures”.
    Is there a CD of the Blairsville performance?
    Since we are close to making our road trip to Clay County, which cd’s would you reccommend we get to listen to on our way up? What a grand way to get into the mountain mind set..listening to your family sing their hearts out!!
    Please tell your girls that every time I listen to them play their instruments or sing, my heart is blessed by their love of keeping mountain music alive..and that they have chosen to live close to their family and be shining stars of lights in their community..How delightful..

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    September 10, 2012 at 11:31 am

    When WNCW is being more than it’s usual whacky (we get only that station), I click over to Blind Pig so I’m glad you’re being extra musical. I can’t listen in w/out Charlotte asking to watch the girls in Undone in Sorrow. Glad to see in in #1!- Vanessa

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    September 10, 2012 at 8:19 am

    I am not sure you will even see this post since it is Mon am.. was away at an historical show spinning and educating about the spinning of hemp—but I’d sure like to hope I could be in the running of that cd—I would have to give it to my dad since this is his kind of music as well as mine.

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    Harold Ammons
    September 9, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    The Way Back in the Hills performance was excellent.
    How about treating us to some acapella.
    Many in the younger generation do not even know what harmony is. I think you are helping to change that.

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    Dale Anderson
    September 9, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Enjoyed the Blind Pig Gang’s music. Looking forward to my annual trek back to Western N.C. in October and an opportunity to “get back in the hills”. Enjoy yourself and your family on your day there.

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    Ferne K
    September 9, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Your beautiful creek looks a lot like those we have out here in Oregon, only ours have Douglas fir alongside. Have a wonderful day in the mountains.

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    trisha too
    September 9, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Hey, Tipper!
    Thank you for sharing the song, your girls a delight! Did I ever tell you my daughter plays violin? And guess what, I’ve started taking viola lessons, what a joke! Got it, a bow, and the case at a garage sale for $35!!
    Anyway, hadn’t stopped by for a while, and wanted to say hey to you!

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    Tim Mc
    September 9, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Beautiful, Wow, that was a wonderful arrangement with the fiddle and guitars, just beautiful.. got to learn this one..

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    September 9, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    I enjoyed getting to see and hear
    “The Blind Pig Gang” performing at
    the old Blairsville Courthouse.
    Just imagine, all that wonderful
    music, and Free…thanks to the
    Union County Historical Society!
    And if I could recall a few years
    that stream looks just right to
    float a redworm in, or a slightly
    baked wasper larvie. Hope you all
    have a good time ‘outing in a cool
    mountain stream’…Ken

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    September 9, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    I’m envious for me, but joyful for you and yours with the scenery and the tunes 🙂

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    Paula Rhodarmer
    September 9, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Talking about things “musical” I just finished attending the 122 annual Old Folks Day and Shaped Note Singing at Morning Star Methodist Church in Dutch Cove. It was wonderful!

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    susie swanson
    September 9, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Love this one..They did an awesome job..Hope you have a nice Day Back In The Hills.

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    Stephen Ammons
    September 9, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Tipper and B Ruth
    I wouldn’t worry about the “Rock-Fish-Lobster-Thingy” which I can also see because if it does come to life it looks like it will be content laying there with it’s head against that tree.It could also be a giant tadpole but can you imagine the size the frog would be.
    What I trying to figure out is what is that crossing the creek in the top of the picture. To me it looks like it is Decagon or Dodegagon shaped bridge,footlog, or pipeline. There also appears to me a old board sign nailed to the tree facing away from the camera. Just curious. Thanks 🙂

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    Sheryl Paul
    September 9, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    I wish I could join you. We won’t be headed up your way til November this year. No tickets for JCCF for me, I would love to be entered into the cd giveaway though. Love the music.

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    Mrs. K
    September 9, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Interesting photo… spirit of the land making itself known??? ; )

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    Jim Casada
    September 9, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Tipper–Thanks to inside knowledge, I reckon I know what you and the girls have in store today. It should be a wonderful occasion, harkening back to days of yesteryear in the most meaningful of ways and through the most moving of traditions, and the weather promises to be perfect.
    Now, I know about this mystery, but did you ever reveal the other one related to your vegetative buddy growing close by the house? If so, I missed it, although that’s possible given the fact that I’m in the short rows of finishing a book and have deadlines facing me everywhere I turn.
    Anyway, point me to the answer if you’ve given it; if not, it’s high time you did so. Inquiring minds want to know.
    Jim Casada

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    September 9, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Thanks for this. Music is a heart-to-heart gift!

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    September 9, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Wishing you and your girls a wonderful family day in such a peaceful place.
    A couple of weeks ago, my big-kids and I decided we needed a get away day down by our little creek. We left the cellphones and modern conveniences, and spent hours together just catching salamanders and crayfish and digging up shiny rocks and laughing and sharing just like our good old days, 20 years ago when they were my little-kids.
    Families need to catch those memories while we can.

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    September 9, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Oh a fun day ahead I’m sure!!! I’ll be going on a river adventure tomorrow with my 2 best friends. Taking a picnic lunch along of course and spending the day exploring the Chattahoochee river near Helen! Tourist have thinned out so now it’s our time on the river, such a cleansing feeling to let the water rush your cares and concerns of the past and bring hopes for the future.

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    September 9, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Your very special day has me curious. What could be so special to make the girls get out of bed so early? Hmmm…A photo shoot? Fishing? Regardless, it sounds exciting!

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    September 9, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Enjoyed the clear, beautiful sounds of your girls voices and the perfect accompanying music.
    Even tho I am pushing 80 years, I am still playing the accordian my parents gave me when I was 14 and
    am part of a little music group that gets together for pure fun
    and our attempts for sweet sounds.

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    Garland Davis
    September 9, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Love the picture. Have always been fascinated by creeks and rivers. I can sit and watch the water for hours.

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    Mary Rutherford
    September 9, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Beautiful day to be roaming about and making good memories together. I can’t wait to read about your adventures. The girls really sound great on this one! When I visit my daddy I play Blind Pig tunes for him on my cell phone. I can’t wait to play Back in the Hills for him – as it is just where he is longing to be.

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    September 9, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Love the hiking Way Back in the Hills. There are too many bear now. I bet you girls will have some tales to tell when you get back.
    I love the rock formation. Years ago my uncle had trouble identifying where the old Homeplace once stood. He got his landmarks from the rocks which are the only thing that does not change.

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    Ed Ammons
    September 9, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Is that the same old rickety bridge we crossed last fall? or is it a footlog?
    I would hate to meet the monster that broke the end off that huge boulder! I’ll bet he broke off a piece to throw at an even bigger critter.
    I really like that picture. Is there any way you could send it too me to use as a wallpaper on my PC? It loses too much resolution if I just steal it off here.

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    Sallie Miller Covolo
    September 9, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Tipper, That is a scary looking rock. I noticed there was a rock foot path above the creek. I loved the musical performance by your girls at Blairsville Historical Society. They are so talented.

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    September 9, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Looks like a beautiful creek, can’t wait to hear more about your special day!

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    September 9, 2012 at 9:57 am

    A beautiful woods and a clear stream to go play by. . .Ahhh, sounds wonderful! Just the kind of place to let the imagination recharge and the soul quiet down long enough to hear the voice of the Ruach HaKodesh through the breeze. Have a wonderful time ladies!

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    Ed Ammons
    September 9, 2012 at 9:49 am

    I tried to play a fiddle once upon a time without much success. In fact, I have one stuck up under my bed. Anyone who has heard me play knows it needs to stay there.
    Do you know them thangs ain’t got no frets, keys, valves or slides. They are only a wooden box with four metal strings (previously made, I think, from cat’s gut) a bow made from the hair of a horse’s tail and a chunk of sticky stuff you can find on the side of an injured pine tree.
    You have to hold it with your chin and make your hands do two different things at the same time. Kinda like rubbing your head and patting your belly at the same time. Or is that patting your head and rubbing your head.
    Most instruments are mostly mechanical, so about anybody can, with enough practice, learn to play. A fiddle/violin is the different. You have to have an “ear” first. Then you can start to learn the mechanics. If you don’t have the ear, no amount of practice will make you sound good.
    I think that’s why a violin is held the way it is. You have to be able to hear it over other instruments. Your ear is right down there next to it, plus you can “hear” it through your chin and the bones in your head.
    My, ain’t I been mouthy today!

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    Lonnie Dockery
    September 9, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Sounds like a fun day along the creek. Now I’m homesick!

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    September 9, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Don’t know where that place in the photo is but, that is just where I would love to be! I would wade in that water till I got the sore throat. Bet there is a big trout in there somewhere. Great photo Tipper!

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    September 9, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Hi Tipper,Wish I was on such a fall drive as you 3 girls,I do miss so many things our Mainland has to offer that we don’t have here in Hi.This is a beautiful place,but there no place like home. God bless all. Jean

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    Ed Ammons
    September 9, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Tell them girls, I said, that was beautiful. This is the first time I have heard them harmonize by each sounding her part, where before they seemed to be trying to sound the same. I don’t know the musical jargon, but one drops down in pitch. I might have said this before but when they learn that the best way to harmonize is to try to make the other one sound her best. Each is trying to compliment the other produces the best result. I saw that today!
    Tell Chitter her violin solo was spectacular. Now that is the way a fiddle is supposed to be played. There has been some disagreement on here about that. How can anybody listen to the music today and tell me I am wrong?
    Chitter’s voice today also shows much improvement. The only thing I saw wrong is, she didn’t stand close enough to the microphone, so parts got drowned out by the other musicians.
    Give them girls a couple more years and they are going to be somebody. Notice I said “somebody,” not somebody else.

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    Jane Bolden
    September 9, 2012 at 9:05 am

    My great grandfather played the “fiddle” and “harp”. He and my great grandmother traveled around Gwinnett Co. Ga. for buck dances in the 1800s. My grandmother,Ida Johnson Wages told me about them. I would have loved to have seen that. I love your family’s music. My other grandmother, Mary Stonecypher Whitlock’s family was from Franklin Co. Wish I could have been there. Jane Whitlock Bolden

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    Gary Miller
    September 9, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Is that the Hiwassee River? I was trying to think of fast moving rivers in the mountains near Brasstown and that’s what came to mind.

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    B. ruth
    September 9, 2012 at 8:06 am

    PPS…Don’t walk in the creek close to those mossy clawa! Ewww, hope it don’t rise up outta the water…
    What is wrong with me!
    Could it be this very cool, foggy morning with a slight wind tossing a few fall leaves around..
    Halloween lurching forward!

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    B. ruth
    September 9, 2012 at 8:02 am

    I hope that prehistoric “rock-fish-lobster-frog-thingy” does’nt come alive while you’re hiking…YIKES!
    Otherwise, have a good day!
    Thanks Tipper,
    PS…Was the tree in the background designed to be its tail on purpose…Great Picture!
    Of course I always love the music as well….

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    September 9, 2012 at 7:47 am

    i can’t wait to hear where that creek is, it looks very much like Clear Creek that our house stood 10 feet from the water in Pineville KY

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    dolores barton
    September 9, 2012 at 7:12 am

    Hummm! Sounds like something mysterious might be in store for you and the girls today. Perhaps, you will be looking for some special scenes, maybe having a girls only picnic, or just enjoying the beginnings of fall. Enjoy your adventure!

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    September 9, 2012 at 5:52 am

    Sounds like ya’ll are going to have a fun day. Wish i could go along. Enjoyed listening to the song. The girls have such talent.

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