Appalachia Music

I’m in the Way


The Blind Pig’s 10th birthday is coming up quick. The event has had me thinking back to the first posts I published on the blog. “The Gloryland Way” was among the first videos we filmed for my Pickin and Grinnin in the Kitchen spot back in 2008. The song has had over 21,000 views on youtube. To see why so many folks like it, all you need to do is give it a listen.

J.S. Torbett wrote the song. To read a very interesting article about Torbett’s life and how he wrote the song jump over to this page.

Things I like about the video:

Paul and Pap’s amazing harmony
Pap’s shining tenor voice
Paul’s awesome flat tip picking
How young my nephews Ben and Mark were
The way Paul looks at Pap as though looking at him will make the harmony better
The way Paul nods at Ben asking him if he’d like to take a break
The way Pap lines out the song for Paul-giving him the first few words of the verses
The way Pap looks up on the last verse when he says soon I shall see him in that home above

Hope you enjoyed the video too!


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  • Reply
    March 5, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    Congrats on 10 years, may you have many, many more!! I continue to be amazed & in awe of the talent of your family!
    So blessed to have found your site!!
    Thank you & God Bless!

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    March 5, 2018 at 10:45 am

    Love this, Tipper. Thank you for sharing your family!

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    lynn legge
    March 5, 2018 at 5:31 am

    thank you so much for this blog tipper..i love you all…and those voices are so beautiful to me. I can imagine OUR BLESSED LORD and the angels smiling down listening too.

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    Leon Estes
    March 4, 2018 at 11:02 pm

    Yes, I have listened to this presentation several times. Good singing! Thank you for posting it again!

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    Anne D
    March 4, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    Ten years of blessing untold numbers of people with songs from the heart!
    And the love of family And the love and respect for your home mountains !
    From my heart to ya’lls ~ thank you for everything and for every minute I have spent Here with Joy, some happy tears, and some sharing of sorrows.. I pray we have years more.
    Tipper, your words have been used to balm on one old battered soul!

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    George Pettie
    March 4, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    One of their very best renditions.
    Every day for ten years–a Herculean task! My hat goes off to you, Tipper.
    I wish I ‘d come across Blind Pig & the Acorn earlier than about three or four years ago, when research for a book led me to the site–the specific I was looking into was Appalachian Mountain funerals.

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    March 4, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    I really enjoyed the song by all the Boys. It’s hard for me to understand how you can write about your Family this way. I miss Pap too. Pap always gave “words of Wisdom” to me.

    One time you and Pap was in my Garden and I asked Pap if he thought I should add more stakes to the Green Beans. He said “if I were you, I’d put at least one more stake in between these five that
    you got because when they’re ready to pick, they’ll be real heavy.” I did that the very next day! I had them about 18 to 20 feet apart, so I added stakes to where they we only 8 to 10 feet apart. Pap was right, I had so many beans, I gave over 9 bushels away. …Ken

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    betty stephenson
    March 4, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    so beautiful thanks for your great music have a great week

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    Bill Burnett
    March 4, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    Great harmony on a great song, they do it the way it should be done.

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    March 4, 2018 at 11:17 am

    Oh, so beautiful, and makes me remember why my husband was SO excited when he found you all on youtube so many years ago. We sure do miss Pap, but so thankful you all are continuing on and keeping these dear, old hymns and Gospel songs alive. We hope you never change. God bless you all. 🙂

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    March 4, 2018 at 11:07 am

    I enjoyed this video so much. I’ve never heard this song but I like it, and the harmony is what made it.

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    March 4, 2018 at 6:35 am

    Congratulations on your up coming Anniversary ,I was trying to remember when I ran across the Blind Pig and cannot bring it to the front, but it’s been a while, the song was very well done and your so fortunate to have these videos, and Wow, how fast 10 yrs can click off. The book of James 4:14 (KJV) describes life as a vapour, and the older I get the more it seems that way.

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