Appalachia Music

Chickens Crowin’ On Sourwood Mountain

Chickens Crowin' On Sourwood Mountain

Tipper your post has me singing this morning…

Chickens crowin’ on Sourwood Mountain
Hey da ding dong diddle all day
So many pretty girls I can’t count em
Hay da ding dong diddle all day…

Fun to see this song was first collected by Olive Campbell:

Wishing I was at the folk school with you all today!

~Mary Rutherford October 2012


It’s been a couple of years since Mary left the comment above-but before you know it October and the John C. Campbell Folk School’s Fall Festival will be here. As always we’ll be playing on day two of the festival (Sunday). Be on the lookout for the exact time of our performance and for a ticket giveaway.

Check out the following links to hear the song Mary was talking about by a variety of performers:



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  • Reply
    August 26, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Henry-thank you for the comment! I haven’t noticed an earlier fall coming. Hopefully some Blind Pig readers will chime in with things they’ve noticed if any : )
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Celebrating and Preserving the
    Culture of Appalachia

  • Reply
    Rev. RB
    August 22, 2015 at 12:53 am

    Chickens be crowing and clucking around our house every day too. All Henry’s (the Rooster) hens died about a year ago. We wanted to get more rare Feyoumi’s like him (they won 1st prize at the NC State Fair about 3 years ago), but were unable to find anyone that would sell us less than 25 of them, so we gave up and got him three run of the mill pullet hens from a farmer down the road. The bloodlines of the chicks won’t be pure Feyoumis which is said, but Henry’s happy as can be now and that’s what mattered to us most.
    God bless.

  • Reply
    Ed Ammons
    August 21, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    I hope it was only the roosters crowin but nowdays who knows.

  • Reply
    August 21, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    I hope you don’t mind but I called
    WKRK today and talked with Donna
    Lynn to ask for a song request.
    When I asked if she could play,
    “You Ought to be Here with Me”.
    She asked who it was by and I told her The Pressley Girls and I said you know them by their names, but I’m going to tell you their Pin names Chitter and Chatter. The
    next thing I knew the song was
    playing on the Radio. As it went
    off the radio woman said “that
    was by Chitter and Chatter…The
    Pressley Girls.”
    Wish you all well and folks are
    in for a real treat tonight at

  • Reply
    August 21, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    I love seeing all the honey-making trees in early Spring. Those white things you see on the mountain sides ain’t just dogwood, they’re
    Sourwood mostly and honey bees
    love ’em. Course they gather nectar from lots of things.
    Everyone I know is excited about
    the JCCFS Fall Festival, it’s our biggest thing in early October…Ken

  • Reply
    August 21, 2015 at 11:52 am

    Okay, so now I am addicted to the song! Thanks, I think!
    Happy chickens to all!

  • Reply
    Henry Horton
    August 21, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Got a question for you, Tipper. Do you feel an early fall comin on or am i just not re-acclimated to 4 seasons? Any body know any signs other than the ‘woolly bear’ tradition…see em early and something about the width of their stripes???

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    Eva Nell Mull Wike, PhD
    August 21, 2015 at 9:55 am

    Well Tipper: Again we miss the girls performing again. WISH THEM THE BEST OF STUDIES WHEN THEY RETURN TO THE YHC AGAIN!
    Eva Nell
    OOPS! Almost forgot! The SEDONA group will be performing this evening on the STRIP on Cumberland Avenue UT! AND WE HAVE A GRACIOUS INVITATION!

  • Reply
    Henry Horton
    August 21, 2015 at 8:13 am

    Well, Tipper, Darlin,
    you done it agin.
    Sent this old billy
    (hill that is) from other hills
    a traipsing down a byway
    i never never knew before
    …went to check out them chickens
    a crowin on Sourwood mountain
    courtesy o Clifton Hicks
    one song leadin t’ another
    ending up in tears
    at testimony;
    what happened in Iraq.
    Oh we are all in this together,
    the good, the bad, the ugly
    as we stubble on our way;
    starring in a movie we were cast in
    with out our will or knowin why
    and the only question
    left t’ answer
    before we live our years
    and come for to die
    are we gonna win an oscar
    or we gonna jest
    give it a half a try?
    hh – all rights reserved 😉

  • Reply
    Sheryl Paul
    August 21, 2015 at 7:53 am

    I remember that song from somewhere, I think possibly my mother used to sing it.

  • Reply
    Miss Cindy
    August 21, 2015 at 7:31 am

    I liked the Clifton Hicks song best too especially liked his gun rack in the background!
    Is fall really coming, guess it is since the girls went back to school. A little relief from the heat will be nice too.
    The Folk School Fall Festival is always the highlight of the season.

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