Appalachia Music

Christmas is Coming!

Christmas is Coming

Christmas is coming! I’m sure you’ve already noticed the decorations in the stores. The girls and I have been in Christmas crafting mode for a few weeks now.  While we were crafting yesterday I said “We ought to listen to some Christmas music.” I told the the girls I’d check the tv and see if the Christmas music channels had been turned on yet. Sure enough they had, so we crafted to the sounds of the season.

I found the crazy photo of Chatter from last Christmas. I have no idea what she was doing under the tree nor do I remember taking the photo…which makes me wonder what in the world her and her sister were up to that day.

Christmas Music from the Blind Pig Gang in Appalachia

A couple of years ago, Pap and Paul put out the cd Songs of Christmas-a few of you probably remember it. The cd was a huge success-it completely sold out.

The first cd had 8 songs on it; Paul never felt like that was enough. After the success of the first cd, he decided he wanted to produce another Christmas cd, but instead of starting completely over he added more songs to the original cd for a total of 15 songs.

Hard to believe it’s been two years since Paul produced the second issue of the cd Songs of Christmas. It’s also hard to believe there are only 7 Sundays between now and Christmas-and that’s counting this one! Christmas will be here and gone before we know it.

I’ll be sharing songs from the Songs of Christmas cd for my weekly Pickin and Grinnin in the Kitchen Spot from today until Christmas in an effort to enjoy every last minute of Christmas this year.

Here’s the cut of Silent Night from the cd.

While I was digging around in the basement for crafting supplies I found 4 cds from the first issue of the cd. I’ll be giving them away starting today.

Do I have a favorite song from the cd? It’s too hard to choose! O Little Town of Bethlehem has always been one of my favorite Christmas songs; Good Christian Men Rejoice has such a hopefulness about it; and Pap and Paul make Away in a Manger sound like a lullaby.

What Child Is This? gives me chills every time I hear it; Jingle Bells makes me pat my foot and think of Christmas morning; and We Three Kings is breathtakingly beautiful in a way that makes me disbelief someone (2 someones) from my family played every instrument and sung every word.

For a chance to win one of first issued cds leave a comment on this post and tell me what your favorite Christmas song is. *Giveaway ends Wednesday November 11, 2015.

If you’d like to buy a copy of the second issue of Songs of Christmas go here.


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    November 9, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Silent Night is my all-time favorite Christmas carol. I must have five different versions in my Christmas music folder but there’s always room for one more.

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    Janet Pressley
    November 8, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    “What Child is This” is one of my favorites. Janet Pressley

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    November 8, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    Hi Tipper,
    Love your post. One of my favorites of all time is, “What Child is This?” Another is, “Mary’s Boy Child.” I love all the classics, like Silent Night and Little Town of Bethlehem.
    Thanks for posting. Hope you and the girls are enjoying the Christmas music.

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    Cheryl Soehl
    November 8, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    This is a link to a song that my choir sings at Christmas, Mary had a Baby. The interesting thing is that this is an African American spiritual sung by and East Indian choir!:

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    Rev. Rose Marie "RB" Redmond
    November 8, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    Am looking forward to hearing CHRISTmas carols playing on the radio and in the stores. We generally play them on Sirius on tv when they start, but I don’t like to start too early, or I think we get tired of them before CHRISTmas even arrives.
    Now that the stores are putting out CHRISTmas decorations and gifts right after Halloween (and sometimes even before), we find the magic of the Season almost gone by the time the day arrives, with stores often sold out of it all the week before, and that’s so sad to me.
    God bless.

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    Pamela Danner
    November 8, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    Oh no, don’t say it. I just finished my Thanksgiving cards and I’m going to start my Christmas cards tomorrow. I have a lot of things to make too. It’s coming too fast.
    Just to let you know we love Pap and Paul’s Christmas CD! Thanks again for having them sign it!

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    Janet Ernst
    November 8, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    So hard to pick a fav Christmas song, cause I love them all!!!!! Would have to put SIlent Night as # 1 tho.

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    Judy E
    November 8, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    I love “Away in the Manger”. But there are just so many, it really is hard to say just that one, I love listening to Christmas music!

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    libby rouse
    November 8, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    Have so many favorites, but the very special one is Silent Night. It is such a comforting song, love Pap and Paul’s version. Thanks for sharing the Christmas songs with us!

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    b. Ruth
    November 8, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    I love Christmas music. Every day should be a holiday…Although I have had the “creeping-crud” this week, I managed to finish a jewelry Christmas tree. It was so hard deciding which pieces to use where but the work kept my mind occupied while I ate Cinnamon hard candy for my cough and drank iced Pepsi.
    My favorite Christmas number is all of them. It is hard for me to think of nary a Christmas song that I don’t like…ha
    I like Sarah McLachlan’s Christmas songs…mercy, that beautiful soprano voice…gives me the chills!”
    “Go Tell It On The Mountain” sung with deep men’s voices and gospel Southern soul.
    I love “Carol of the Bells” the melody and lyrics gives a ringing rush to tell that Christmas is here and everywhere!
    “Away In The Manger” will always be my very favorite, as I remember both my boys preforming the song every Christmas in the school Christmas programs…Nothing sweeter than small children singing this song.
    “Silent Night” is the one I love to hear after 11:00 PM on Christmas Eve…when everyone is finally in their homes and the bustling has quietened down. I love to go outside just before midnight as well and just listen to the quiet peaceful reason for the season….
    Thanks Tipper,

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    Sue Crane
    November 8, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    I love them all! It’s too hard to pick a favorite, but I do love the lullaby- types.

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    November 8, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    So Hard to choose a favorite Christmas song by the BP Gang, we love them all.

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    Phyllis S
    November 8, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    My all time favorite is Silent Night but I love them all.

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    Rooney Floyd
    November 8, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    All are good but I suppose Silent Night is my all time favorite. I would like to know more about “Cherry Tree Christmas Carol”. I’ve seen the words and the Folk School used to act it out in Mrs. Campbell’s day. I have never heard it sung to music but would like to–that’s a request. Some say it is Appalachian, but others say Old English. Intriguing story for sure.

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    November 8, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Silent Night always makes me think of my great-grandmother singing it at candlelight service. She like to sing full throttle but this she sang in almost a whisper with her eyes closed.
    Joy to the World was often sung as we exited the building on Christmas day.
    Each Christmas Carol has a precious memory or two attached –
    I particularly like to sing Mary Did You Know – I always feel like I’m talking to Mary and really do wonder how much she did know about who her son was and how influential he would be to the world in life, in death, and in resurrection.
    It is wonderful that you and your family share a musical bond and then share it with others.

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    Edwin Ammons
    November 8, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    Chatter looks like she is working on a transmission. Maybe the shift linkage is stuck. I hope she got a creeper for Christmas. It is easier on your back.

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    J.E. Rush
    November 8, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    The Geezinslaws
    “Santa Claus is back in town”
    These boys been singing around here for better than 40yr. Your girls are the best!! they remind me of the Kyle Sisters who sing around Austin Tex. They were all born and raised here in the music Capitol of Texas. JR

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    Glynda Chambers
    November 8, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    I’m with you Tipper. I love Christmas and I love all of the old Christmas carols but would have to say Silent Night is my favorite .

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    November 8, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    I don’t know that I have a favorite. If there’s a banjo or guitar or both involved I like most all of them. I especially enjoy hearing the little children sing anything.

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    Ken Roper
    November 8, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    I love all those Christmas Songs Paul and Pap and the Gang does. I suppose Silent Night is the favorite. A few years ago I bought a couple of CD’s, but last year Pap gave me one of the Pressley Girls CD’s and I play it a lot too. On your Playlist, starting with #101 thru #109 are some Great Christmas Songs. One time you sent me an e-mail with the girls singing Beautiful Star of Bethlehem, and I loved that. Thanks…Ken

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    Edwin Ammons
    November 8, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    I can only echo Sandy Rees. Mary Did You Know, written by goofy old Mark Lawry and Buddy Greene, is and has been my favorite since I first heard it. It is the best Christmas song that has come along in decades. Maybe centuries! Maybe Ever!
    Even Clay Aiken couldn’t mess it up.

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    November 8, 2015 at 11:57 am

    “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” is my favorite!

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    C. Ron Perry, Sr.
    November 8, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Oh, Little Town of Bethlehem

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    Sheila Bergeron
    November 8, 2015 at 11:00 am

    Seeing that picture of Chatter made me laugh. One year my uncle went out and came home so drunk he was staggering.He staggered. Into the Christmas tree and knocked it on top of himself,knocked him out cold. Aunt Aline took a picture that was enjoyed for many years.

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    November 8, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Yikes! It is time to think about shopping and, oh! I’m on my way to my first online store. All kidding aside, I love Christmas and I really enjoy listening to your CDs. Maybe Chatter was looking for the pickle ornament. Humm! You might need to research and inquire.

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    Annette Casada Hensley
    November 8, 2015 at 10:36 am

    It’s hard to pick a favorite because I love them all. However, if I have to pick, at least for today it would be “Sweet Little Jesus Boy.”

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    Margaret Johnson
    November 8, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Christmas is upon us for sure, and that is a good thing! “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem” is near the top of my list as a favorite Christmas song. I never tire of hearing this song during the Holidays.

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    Craig Lawhorne
    November 8, 2015 at 9:43 am

    Hi Tipper, my favorite Christmas song is Oh Holy Night. This is a great picture and a good reminder that children are wonderful gifts from God.

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    Ron Stephens
    November 8, 2015 at 9:27 am

    Crafting to Christmas music with your girls and they with their Mom. That’s priceless aand will only become more so. I’m glad you three are blessed to do it.
    I love ‘Joy to the World’ sung with feeling by those who know its meaning for themselves. But I also like “We Three Kings” because it is almost the exact opposite, kind of brooding and dark but by that emphasizing why we should be joyful.
    Our church goes caroling around Christmastime. One year while we were singing a dog added its howls. Don’t know just how to take that. Hope it never happens to the BP&A gang !
    I pray that all you all will have a blessed Sunday.

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    Chuck Taylor
    November 8, 2015 at 9:18 am

    Such a very talented family. The way that version of Silent Night sounds. It reminds me of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans singing. Very beautifully done.

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    November 8, 2015 at 8:55 am

    I’ve always loved “Silent Night”. Thank you for this offer!

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    November 8, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Pap and Paul can sing any song and make it sound good. Their CD was the most played Christmas music in my house last year. Away In A Manger is my favorite.

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    Sheryl Paul
    November 8, 2015 at 8:40 am

    I love the spirit of Christmas, the decorations and most of all the gathering of family

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    November 8, 2015 at 8:24 am

    Silent Night is my favorite. Sending sunshine from middle TN.

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    Gina S
    November 8, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Away In A Manger remains my favorite.

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    Barb Wright
    November 8, 2015 at 8:10 am

    I would be hard pressed to pick a favorite..I purchased this cd from you last year and it is all great! Anyone who hasn’t heard it is in for a treat!! I am also doing Christmas crafts..I wish it would snow!

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    November 8, 2015 at 7:51 am

    There are so many, but I think one of my top favorites is Beautiful Star of Bethlehem .. Years ago we had a Christmas program at Church and the kids were to sing a few songs. Well, after a couple clicked off this little feller about 4 yrs old, spoke out and said, “I want to sing Jingle Bells Shot gun Shells”.. Well,, the Church lost it,, it was so funny out of the blue like that..

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    Mark Selby
    November 8, 2015 at 7:39 am

    My favorite Christmas song is, “I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day.”

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    Sandy Rees
    November 8, 2015 at 5:34 am

    I’m not positive of the name but I believe it’s Mary Did You Know. I love that song.

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