Country Music Influence on The Pressley Girls

The Pressley Girls 2021

The Pressley Girls after a recent performance

When I think about the influences on the girls’ musical endeavors my mind always goes to Pap and Paul. And while it’s true Pap and Paul were a huge influence on the music of The Pressley Girls, they certainly weren’t the only one.

Over the years the girls have been interviewed by various folks about their music and they always make a point of talking about the fact that there was always music in the background of their lives.

Sometimes that was literally Pap and others making live music right where the girls were. Other times the sound came from time spent at John C. Campbell Folk School. Most often the sound came from the stereo in the living room, my car, or their daddy’s truck.

In a recent video Chatter talked about the music her daddy played as he drove them to and fro and sung one of her favorite songs from that time.

I hope you enjoyed the country song from Chatter.


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    Miss Cindy
    August 30, 2021 at 6:53 am

    Nice job! I think the girls soaked up all the music they were exposed to…and that was a lot. They grew up in a musical family and had some great teachers. They took ALL that they were exposed to and synthesized it into The Pressely Girls.
    That’s my granddaughters and I think they are great!

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    Don Byers
    August 29, 2021 at 5:33 pm

    Good job!! About 1952, my next door neighbors were Monroe and Dessie Burnette. They were gospel singers and Monroe wrote some gospel songs that were published best I remember. Their son, Billy, played guitar and sang with them…he also did a lot of Flatt & Scruggs songs himself. He taught me C, F and G….then how to play “Spanish Two-Step”, and of course, “Wildwood Flower”. One note at a time….Ole Billy had patience! He married Frankie Chastain from Martin’s Creek. Both are gone now, but I had the honor of doing one of my original gospel song’s at Billy’s graveside service a few years back. A lot of memories flew through my mind that day. Thanks to Billy and others like my cousins, Ray Mauney and Jr. Mauney(he taught me thumbpicking), I was able to see most of the free world doing something I love. Thanks again for helping keep our traditions alive and well!!

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    Ron Stephens
    August 29, 2021 at 9:41 am

    Your post and the song are the halves of one whole. The girls listening to country music growing up is a memory “that won’t ever end”. I guess in some manner or other our lives have a soundtrack, be it talking waters, birdsong, music or whatever.

    I had never heard that song. I have some memories though that haven’t ended yet.

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    Sharon Cole
    August 29, 2021 at 9:41 am

    Your girls bring me such joy!! Their music is pure. God given gift. God bless!

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    Dennis M Morgan
    August 29, 2021 at 8:58 am

    I like that song too. This is a good way to start my Sunday morning. Thanks for the music.

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    Margie G
    August 29, 2021 at 8:57 am

    I like Dwight Yoakum and The Streets of Bakersfield with Buck Owens is my favorite Dwight’s song. Chatter sang her heart on that one and it was really good! I also see her engagement ring which is a shiny sparkler! I remember listening to country as a child each and every day. You tore it up, girl!!! I liked the picture of the gals in front of the old pickup- it’s adorable!!!

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    August 29, 2021 at 8:44 am

    Dwight would be right proud of the way Chatter did his song. I hope he is listening to her beautiful voice this morning.

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    Denise R
    August 29, 2021 at 7:26 am

    Great job Corie, love Dwight Yoakum! My husband also sings several of his songs when we perform out. Have a wonderful day!!

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    Julie-Appalachian-Blue Ridge and Shenandoah Valley Living
    August 29, 2021 at 6:35 am

    That album sparked alot of hits (I had it too ) But the ones on “Side B”, the ones that get overlooked, are often times the best and this is one of ’em! What a beautiful sound in my kitchen on a foggy “Sund’y” mornin’ while I’m tending the garden green beans for today’s supper! Have a blessed day, Mrs. Tipper and Family!

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