Appalachia Music

Down The Escalante

Paul Wilson's Music
This week’s Pickin’ & Grinnin’ In The Kitchen Spot features Paul’s latest production- Down the Escalante. Paul wrote the song when he was in high school. He never did anything much with it, other than just playing it every now and then.

Over the past few months he was inspired to pull it out and work out the rough edges.

He used several instruments (all played by him), laid down one track at a time for the recording. The main guitar used is a Recco Classical.

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Paul was pretty young when the bridge on his cheap hand-me down guitar came loose. While visiting Wade Powell (a friend of the family who owned a recording studio) Paul asked if he had a bridge he could have. Wade told Paul he thought there might be one in an old barn down below his house and Paul was welcome to go see.

Paul found the classical guitar. It was old, dirty, and actually had a rat living inside it. He took it back up to Wade and asked if he could have the bridge from it-Wade said “You can have the whole thing.” Paul took it home, and helped Pap clean and fix the guitar. It has an excellent sound to it and Paul has kept it ever since.

He played Pap’s Gibson Dove for the rhythm. Lastly he added the bass and the whistle. I admit I’m always proud of my brother-but this song has totally blown me away!

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Listening to Down the Escalante makes me wish The Deer Hunter and I still had horses so I could…ride off into the sunset.


It also makes me wish I had a fancy car to drive…down a long straight road with the windows down and the music turned up.

Hope you enjoyed hearing Down the Escalante-and please tell me what it makes you feel like doing?

Paul was recently spotlighted at Riffs: Daddy’s Guitar, Paul Jackson Jr., Foo Zeppelin, an article for “Premier Guitar Magazine”-check it out!

One more thing-don’t you all think Paul should let his only sister borrow the Camaro?


This post was originally published here on the Blind Pig in July of 2008.


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  • Reply
    Andrea Allen
    September 3, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    How can one get this song (Down the Escalante” downloaded?

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    Sheila Bergeron
    January 6, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Yes you should be allowed to use the camarro- then I want a turn. It so happens this is my favorite song played by him. I have wondered about how it came to be. In my opinion this is his best.

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    Sandy Satterfield
    January 3, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Paul-let your (young) sister drive your car
    Sandy Satterfield

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    Lonnie L. Dockery
    January 3, 2012 at 11:10 am

    I love that song! I had no idea Paul had written it. I had listened to it over and over on the player before…it’s even better now!
    And, yes, since it’s you, he should let you drive the car. (I’m sure all our opinions will influence him; you think?)

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    January 3, 2012 at 8:56 am

    That song is something!!!! As for the question about the blue car, yes I think he should let you drive it. Actually, if I had had that car and my sister wanted to drive it, I would have had an extra key made for her. I’ll just bet he might do the same for you Tipper. REALLY!

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    Suzi Phillips
    January 2, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Move over, Carlos Santana! Tipper, you are truly blessed with a talented family-&,oh, I think Paul should let ME borrow the car!!

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    Laura @ Laura Williams' Musings
    January 2, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Nice Camero!! I love cars.(yep that’s the tomboy still in me) Love the story and the song.

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    January 2, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Didn’t get my BP today. 8-(
    Praying everything’s ok.
    God bless.

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    B. Ruth
    January 2, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Whoa….I meant the rear of the car in front of you….I think I have Tippers headache…
    Thanks B.Ruth

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    B. Ruth
    January 2, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Great job Paul! Enjoy it on the play list!..
    You have to be careful with those sporty cars with the long fronts….It’s real easy to kiss the bumper in front of the car in front of you..Uhhh, nearly did that thing with my sons car, only got to drive it one time! LOL…
    Other than keeping your distance, I think you should drive the Camero…
    Thanks, Tipper and Paul

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    January 2, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    I am impressed totally, all those instruments and writing the song, a great start to the new year.

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    susie swanson
    January 2, 2012 at 10:40 am

    You tell Paul, that is a beautiful song and the music to go with it.. Yes he should let you borrow the car,, Susie

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    January 2, 2012 at 10:24 am

    I love that song; it’s amazing! What a talented brother. I think he should let you borrow that pretty blue camaro too!

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    Canned Quilter
    January 2, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Paul is a pretty talented man! And yes I do think sis should be able to borrow that car !

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    Miss Cindy
    January 2, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Hey Tipper, I noticed that this song was back up in the playlist. It’s a great piece of music.
    Yes, I absolutely think Paul should let you drive that pretty Camaro!

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