Appalachia Music

Celebrating Appalachia With Song

Blind Pig and the Acorn celebrates Appalachia


No Appalachian Celebration would be complete without some picking and grinning. The very word Appalachia brings music to one’s mind. I’ve been beyond blessed to grow up in a musical family and passing that musical heritage on to my girls has made me beyond happy.

Appalachian celebration the pressley girls sing


The Pressley Girls – Photo by Lonnie Dockery

On Saturday night we had music from The Pressley Girls and from the whole Blind Pig Gang. The girls did a rousing version of one of my favorite songs There Is A Time. Many of you will recognize the song from The Andy Griffith Show.

Chatter and Chitter have been singing the song for years. It was one of the very first songs they learned. I like to look back to the videos from days gone by and compare their voices and musical know how to what they’re doing today.

This is the last video from the event. I hope you’ve enjoyed taking a peek into the night.


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    Bill Burnett
    May 8, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Great job, I can close my eyes and see Charlene and the Darlings.

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    May 7, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    What a blessing for a family to have so much wonderful music in it – sure does make for a happy home.
    God bless.

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    May 7, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    My granddaughters (5 & 6) and I just enjoyed listening to this fabulous music! They kept asking for more videos and clogging 😉

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    Rooney Floyd
    May 7, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Great job! But why wouldn’t it be? Your use of the phrases “beyond blessed” and “beyond happy” ministered greatly to my unworthy soul.

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    b. Ruth
    May 7, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    So glad you played this video today. Sorry we missed this one, it must have been one of the first songs you played. I loved the rendition of “There is a Time”…by the Blind Pig group!
    The girls are just doing wonderful with their playing and singing…My thoughts are that the girls should get their own show, for with their singing, playing and clogging ability and the great backup, a whole series could be based on Brasstown and the surrounding characters…What a hoot n’ holler great show that would be!
    Thanks Tipper,
    Loved this post, you’all are just great!

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    Ron Banks
    May 7, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Great song and a great job from the Pressley girls!!

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    May 7, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    You know my family loves the BP Gang’s music. It amazes me how much talent there is in your family, and your girls have progressed amazingly! I do hope they continue to use their gift as they start the next phase of their lives. Still hoping that they may choose to study music in college. Whatever major they choose, I know they will be great!

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    Ed Ammons
    May 7, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    I think your darlings do just as good as Briscoe’s!
    Who does the girls’ pigtails (pun intended) and are they braided or plaited?

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    May 7, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Thanks,Tipper, for “thinking up” Blind Pig & the Acorn, and for being so faithful to post it day by day. We’ve learned much about our Appalachian heritage–but at the same time we’ve “grown” along with Chitter and Chatter! They have developed from the cute, beautiful girls they were to the accomplished, assured young ladies we hear, see and appreciate today! I have yet to see them “in person,” as I’ve not been (mile-wise) able yet to get to one of the announced performances. I hope I can do that right away! As they go to college, I wish the very best for them, and hope they will continue to have many opportunities to use their talent. There is a good place for it at college–and beyond! My love and very best wishes!

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    Ken Roper
    May 7, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    I’ve watched and listened to you all
    perform for years, you’ve got a
    right to be proud. And Chitter and
    Chatter’s harmony is as good as I’ve
    ever heard…Ken

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    Mike McLain
    May 7, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Good stuff! Your mention of the Andy Griffith Show reminds me of a quote from one of my favorite philosophers, Briscoe Darling (from the Andy Griffith Show):
    “If you got time to breathe, you got time for music.”

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    May 7, 2014 at 9:55 am

    The girls sound wonderful!
    Such a lovely song. . . .

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    Ken Ryan
    May 7, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Wow! What a great job. I’ve always loved that tune since the first time I heard it (on the Andy Griffith Show). The acoustics of that auditorium were fantastic for the video.

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    May 7, 2014 at 8:30 am

    It is wonderful that the girls have been given the opportunity to sing and play music. They have given your readers wonderful entertainment. As they start the next phase of their life, I hope they will continue their gift. I have really enjoyed their progress as well as your extra special stories.

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    Granny Sue
    May 7, 2014 at 8:28 am

    So good to hear this song again this morning. Their voices are unique, Tipper. And you’re right–growing up with music like this was truly a gift.
    I wanted to thank everyone all for their comments yesterday. Rindercella is a fun story to tell, one of the few that required me to memorize the lines until it flowed easily. I told Tipper when we did the video that this was Granny Sue without her hair brushed or her makeup, so talk about a raw take! Ken, it was lovely to meet you and have time to talk. And b. Ruth, you too! Such a wonderful smile you have. The thing I love about storytelling is its variety: that evening we went from tall tale to a deeper story to a ghost story, winding around the tales with ballads. Fun to do, especially with such a good audience. Thanks again!

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    Eva Nell Mull Wike
    May 7, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Tipper: The ‘peeks’ were perfect. Wish we could have been there. Chitter and Chatter are sounding very strong in their performances! Can’t wait to see them LIVE again!
    We’ll be at Clay’s Corner this Friday night along with David & Donna! Wish you could make it!
    Eva Nell

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    Jim Casada
    May 7, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Tipper–For me, like many of the Blind Pig followers, it has been a joy to see and experience, even though vicariously, the ongoing evolution of the girls as musicians and as individuals.
    Jim Casada

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    Sheryl Paul
    May 7, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful night with us. I wish I could have been there.

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    Miss Cindy
    May 7, 2014 at 7:22 am

    Tip, the girls and the Blind Pig Gang did such a wonderful job at the festival. I enjoyed every song they did. The song the girlsclosed the show with, Brasstown, was very touching. It’s hard to grasp that Chatter co-wrote that song.
    From a purely Grandmother perspective I couldn’t help but notice how the girls talents are maturing and evolving. In both their singing and their instrumentation they are both showing quite a bit of progress since the last time I saw them perform.
    Now I find myself wondering what you will have for us at the next festival…..and please include a task specific video camera operator. LOL!

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    May 7, 2014 at 5:00 am

    Looks like you all had fun, and the girls did a really good job on the song…

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