Appalachia Music

How Pap’s Doing and Comedy from The Pressley Girls

The Blind Pig Gang and The Pressley Girls 3 part harmony 3 generations

More than a few of you have recently asked how Pap’s doing these days. He’s doing great! He’s back to his pre-hip break/heart attack health.

Back in August he took the stage with us again for the first time. We were playing at the Hiwassee Dam Opry and he came on stage to sing 2 songs. He didn’t feel like playing a guitar that night but since then he’s joined us on stage 2 times to do some picking and singing just like he did before his accident.

Here’s a video from the show back in August. It starts out with a little humor from The Pressley Girls as a discussion about which microphone Pap should use is going on.

I hope you enjoyed the video. Just so you know I credit Pap’s good health to all of you who said a prayer for him and sent good thoughts his way. I’m still awed by the overwhelming show of support you showed us.

I’m hoping Pap feels up to playing with us next Sunday October 4 at the John C. Campbell Folk School. We take the Festival Barn Stage at 2:00 p.m. If you make it to the show please come up and say HELLO we’d love to talk with you! We usually congregate just to the left of the stage as you go out the back of the barn.



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    December 5, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    Precious video

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    October 3, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    Love that song!
    So, so glad to hear Pap is doing well!!

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    Nina Chastain
    September 28, 2015 at 9:28 am

    It is wonderful to hear your Pap singing with you ! Happy he is doing well . Keep up the good work !

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    September 28, 2015 at 2:18 am

    Just beautiful. Pap really adds to the group. They are all blessed with such heart felt talent..

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    Ed Ammons
    September 27, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    I’m a little late wading in today. Yes wading! Today is the third day of rain here. There has been a low pressure system parked off the coast North Carolina and the moisture has been coming at us from the southeast. When it reaches the southeastern facing slopes of the Appalachians and starts rising into the cooler air, the moisture starts to condense and fall back down. We are getting the rain we have been lacking for four months. Our forecast is for a good chance of rain through Thursday. From watching the weather maps it doesn’t look like you have been getting much of this soggy stuff. Sorry! Maybe you’ll get your share as snow later on.
    I’m glad your dad continues to improve but I will not forget to include him in my prayers as well as the rest of you.

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    George Pettie
    September 27, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    Three generations delighting in making inspiring music –nothing could be better.

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    September 27, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    I love the harmony and music to
    Rock of Ages. Looks like Chatter
    is sporting some long ear-rings
    this time. Wonder who that “shy”
    girl is hiding behind Paul? …Ken

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    Bob and Inez Jones
    September 27, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    Tipper- With joy in my heart and tears in my eyes I was overwhelmed when I listened to the gang this morning. It is plain to see Pap and the rest sing what they believe and believe what they sing! What a blessing! If hugs would fly through space like these words, you all would be getting a huge one. We thank God for answered prayer. Keep the music coming. Pray your Sunday is a blessed one and all your days in the future. Bob & Inez Jones

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    Sanford McKinney Jr.
    September 27, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    Hope you can put this on the playlist.
    Thank you.

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    September 27, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    Good to see he is doing so well, and Awesome job on the song.. The Old Hymns are special to me..

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    September 27, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    This is a great representation of family togetherness and love. I hope Pap continues to improve and the girls can keep rattling his cage. So beautiful! Prayer is a powerful help, especially for those in need.

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    Wanda Devers
    September 27, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    Glad to hear such good news!

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    Mary Rutherford
    September 27, 2015 at 11:07 am

    Prayer and a loving family is a winning combination. Watching the video, I see you hiding back there Tipper. You provide that constant bottom line of support in the band and with your family. A strong foundation is a blessing.

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    Sheila Bergeron
    September 27, 2015 at 9:52 am

    So sweet and precious….I love it when all of them sing.

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    Patty hall
    September 27, 2015 at 9:31 am

    good to hear he’s doing better!

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    Ron Stephens
    September 27, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Twice in my life I have been surrounded by the power of prayer. I wish everyone could experience it.
    Rock of Ages is a great beginning for a Sunday. And if fits with your Dad’s recovery.
    The story I have read about how it came to be written is that Augustus Toplady was walking and got caught in a thunderstorm. He took refuge in the crack of a great rock. There he was inspired to write the song while the storm raged outside.
    Have a blessed Sunday you all.

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    September 27, 2015 at 9:06 am

    Pap looks and sounds good as ever. Prayers have been answered!

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    September 27, 2015 at 8:57 am

    I ‘spect Pap’ll play next time, he didn’t know what to do with his hands in this video. I cannot express how I feel about seeing him doing so well.

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    Bill Burnett
    September 27, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Great to hear Pap’s harmony and see him up and about.

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    Sheryl Paul
    September 27, 2015 at 8:34 am

    I am so happy to hear the Pap is improving and that he has felt like singing agaun.

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    September 27, 2015 at 8:11 am

    Wonderful! I said a “thank you” for Pap’s recovery as they sang “Rock of Ages!” So good to hear him with the Blind Pig Gang again. I wish you well for the John C. Campbell appearance on October 4! I’d love to be there!
    Have a wonderful Lord’s Day–today and next Sunday, too!

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    Jim Casada
    September 27, 2015 at 7:48 am

    Tipper–What a fine way to start out my Sunday morning–a rainy, grey one but we desperately needed the moisture. It ought to put my kale plantings from Sow True Seed into overdrive.
    It’s grand that Jerry continues to recuperate and you need to get a guitar back in his hands. If you pay attention to his hands in the video, they are as busy as a cat’s tail in a room full of rocking chairs.
    Jim Casada

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    Miss Cindy
    September 27, 2015 at 7:24 am

    It’s so good to see Pap well and singing with you all. He has the sweetest voice ever!

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    Garry Ballard
    September 27, 2015 at 5:01 am

    I hope I get to the US again, if I do I would love to come and hear you play. Your hymns really bless me and Pap’s high voice is so nice to listen to!

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