Appalachia Music

It’s Christmas In My Car

Christmas CD by The Blind Pig Gang

It’s Christmas in my car. 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. After over a year of recording, mixing, re-mixing, and re-mixing we finally got the finished cd in our hands about 3 weeks ago and since then-I’ve been listening to it pretty much nonstop. It was totally worth the wait-the cd is outstanding.

The new release of the Songs of Christmas cd has 7 additional songs on it-for a total of 15.

  1. Joy to the World
  2. It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
  3. O Little Town of Bethlehem
  4. Away in a Manager
  5. Good Christian Men Rejoice
  6. Silent Night
  7. The Little Drummer Boy
  8. The First Noel
  9. What Child is this?
  10. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  11. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  12. The Friendly Beasts
  13. Jingle Bells
  14. We Three Kings
  15. Oh Come All Ye Faithful

Do I have a favorite? It’s too hard to choose! Even in the 8 songs from the first cd it was tough to pick a favorite-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 the two of them make Away in a Manger sound like a lullaby.

The 7 additional songs are just as hard to choose from as the first 8. 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 (some 2 ones) from my family played every instrument and sung every word. If you don’t believe me-listen for yourself-

Wish you had one of the cds?

You can go here-Pap and Paul’s Music to purchase a cd.


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    Alica @ Happily Married to the Cows
    November 5, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Oh my…it’s hard to pick a favorite…I like so many of them! It’s not a carol, but I think I’d have to choose “Mary Did You Know”. It gives me chills every time.

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    Lola Howard
    November 5, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    My favorite song and I can almost hear Pap and Paul and maybe you and your daughters sing ….Beautiful Star of Bethlehem.
    Please make a video with you all singing it.

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    Gary Powell
    November 5, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    I love the selections. I have been disappointed that our church choir doesn’t sing as many of the traditional Christmas songs. Our music director like the more modern music.

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    November 5, 2013 at 9:41 am

    My favorite Christmas Carol is included in this CD – Joy to the World!!

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    November 5, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Lise-you can go here to see the cd details: for the comment!
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Celebrating and Preserving the
    Culture of Appalachia

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    November 5, 2013 at 9:09 am

    You can go here: see the cd details. Have a great day!!
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Celebrating and Preserving the
    Culture of Appalachia

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    William Dotson
    November 5, 2013 at 7:18 am

    My favorite Christmas song is Silent Night but I love all the old Christmas songs.

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    Ferne K
    November 5, 2013 at 2:22 am

    I love all the Christmas songs. However, my favorite has to be “The Friendly Beasts.” It’s not well known and not played very often, but I always remember my musical cousins singing it and all of us sitting around with tears running down our cheeks. I’m looking forward to getting a copy of your CD and listening to it again. Thank your guys for taking the time and effort to make this new CD.

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    brenda s 'okie in colorado'
    November 5, 2013 at 12:19 am

    Pap and Paul sound incredible! So well done. I can imagine how amazing the other songs sound. I love all Christmas songs, but as a child I loved Silver Bells. Now I love listening to Mary, Did You Know? I love Christmas and what the holiday represents. I hope everyone will join me in praying that more people will stand up for our religious freedom of celebrating our Lord, Jesus Christ.

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    Judy Mincey
    November 4, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    Excellent rendition of one of my favorites. Love minor.

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    Julie Hughes
    November 4, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Tipper, I used to have a CD called A Tejano Christmas. On it was a song called Mama’s Boy by Joel Nava. It was the most beautiful song. It made me cry. I have not heard it in year. I think I will try and replace that CD. I think that is my favorite song other than traditional Silver Bells and Joy to the World. Great music this morning to get us in the mood.

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    Linda Johnson
    November 4, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Have to say that Silent Night is my favorite.

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    Basel Hildreth
    November 4, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Tipper, I ordered the 1st cd last year and really enjoyed it. Is the price for the additional cd the same?

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    November 4, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    That’s the best I’ve ever heard anyone do of We Three Kings, but they always do a great job.

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    November 4, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    WOW!! Pap and Paul are just awesome as usual. That has to be the best version of We Three Kings I have ever heard. Can’t wait to get a copy of this CD for my family. I love all Christmas music and believe it or not, start playing in it in September. I never grow tired pf hearing it and O Holy Night and What Child Is This are among my favorites. After listening to Pap and Paul today, I’d have to say this might be my favorite Christmas song of all!

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    Phyllis S
    November 4, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Little Town of Bethlehem has
    been my favorite for many years.

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    Glynda P. Chambers
    November 4, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Beautiful Christmas song, love all Christmas songs but one I love to listen to over and over is Little Drummer Boy.

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    Ken Ryan
    November 4, 2013 at 11:42 am

    i’ve got to go with Silent Night

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    Susie Swanson
    November 4, 2013 at 11:38 am

    I love them all Tipper. I also like to start listening to them early on. It gets me in the spirit. My favorite is O Holy Night. Something about that song that sets it apart. I know you’re a busy, busy lady but I’m ready for the interview anytime you are and I’m not pushing you cause i know you’re bound to be stressed for time. Just when you can. I hope you’re enjoying the book and thank you so much for everything and most of all for your great posts.

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    November 4, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Silent Night

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    November 4, 2013 at 11:16 am

    I like a lot of them. I probably stop what I’M doing and listen closer to ‘What Child Is This?’ and ‘Mary Did You Know?’ My wife’ favorite is ‘O Holy Night’.

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    November 4, 2013 at 11:10 am

    My favorite is an old one, “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem.” For no reason than it was my mother’s favorite and I have so many memories of standing beside the piano and singing it with her. I have bookmarked the post with the Pressley girls singing it.

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    November 4, 2013 at 10:53 am

    I usually start listening to Christmas music in September, by November I am really into the spirit of the meaning of the season. And yes, my favorite place for listening is the car. I love the harmony of the sample, We Three Kings. Diane

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    Joy Newer
    November 4, 2013 at 10:50 am

    The Little Drummer Boy, My first born has passed on,but this was his favorite,can recall him singing that over and over,brings back precious memories to me, after he passed i heard in my head i will be home for Christmas, so that now is my favorite. Love all of your music,and have adopted your family into my life.
    Grandmother Joy.

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    November 4, 2013 at 10:38 am

    My favorite is Away in a Manger…but love all the songs listed…

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    Ken Roper
    November 4, 2013 at 10:15 am

    I can state for a fact that Paul
    and Pap’s Christmas CD is one of
    the best out there! A few years ago
    I purchased a couple of their CDs,
    one is of the picture above and
    it’s great. My favorite song of
    their’s is Away in a Manger…Ken

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    November 4, 2013 at 10:13 am

    These songs are great. When my daughter was just a toddler the song “Away In A Manger” would make her tear up and this was before she was old enough to talk. Isn’t that strange? You know, somehow I think she was saddened by something in that beautiful song. I will always believe she understood somehow about the words, “NO crib for a bed”. But, of all the beautiful songs of Christmas, none is comparable to “Silent Night”. To me the melody and words make it the signature song of Christmas. In my backwoods opinion, I feel the melody of that song has never been equaled. It is the only song that can stop me in my tracks when I hear it. Would love to have this CD; it is so well done.

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    b. Ruth
    November 4, 2013 at 10:07 am

    I also meant to tell you that some of my favorite music is the Irish Christmas CD’s…featuring celtic harp, fiddles, whistles, bagpipes, etc.
    Manheim (sic) Steamroller is another (strong big band sound) favorite…
    I guess I will have to agree with others…”Silent Night” is my very favorite Christman song. Very hard to choose…from so many favorites.
    Also, dulcimer and hammered dulcimer Christmas songs are just wonderful…the old familiar sounds of the instruments are just intoxicating…
    I could say without a doubt that I love Christmas Hymns of praise and carols….
    Thanks Tipper,

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    Patti Tappel
    November 4, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Christmas songs . . . oh to pick a favorite, let’s just say Joy to the world gets played a lot around here. After looking back I see it’s listed as number one on the track too!
    Happy Holiday just a little early.

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    Kimberly Burnette
    November 4, 2013 at 9:54 am

    I love Christmas music and I am sure that this CD will be fabulous! I am going to have to order it.

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    Kerry in GA
    November 4, 2013 at 9:53 am

    I can’t pick a favorite. I like them all. 🙂

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    Amanda Bowers
    November 4, 2013 at 9:47 am

    My has always been “Away in a manger” but, I remember when I was a child, our family sang it differently than everyone else and I always prefer that arrangement better. I’m not sure where or when it started and I haven’t been able to find any artists that sing it like we did. But nevertheless it is still my favorite!

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    November 4, 2013 at 9:43 am

    My tradition is to begin playing Christmas music the day before Thanksgiving when we are traveling to see my family. I continue to play through Dec 31, at which point my husband gives thanks that the New Year has arrived. It’s hard to pick a favorite song, but the one that comes to mind right now it Go Tell It On The Mountain.
    We Three Kings sounds amazing! Thanks for the chance to win a CD…if I’m not the lucky winner, where can it be purchased?

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    Rooney Floyd
    November 4, 2013 at 9:41 am

    All of the selections in the CD are great. Also, I like the “Cherry Tree Christmas Carole”. I didn’t know it growing up, but Mrs. Campbell used it as the theme for a Christmas padgeant for many years at the Folk School. I am particularly drawn to the story.

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    Susan C
    November 4, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Tipper, My favorite Christmas Carol is “What Child is This?” I love the Christmas season, so I’d like to wish everyone a very Merry CHRISTMAS.

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    November 4, 2013 at 9:27 am

    I’m having trouble with getting the song but my favorite would be Silent Night. My dad used to sing it in German when we were children. Then he would sing it in English. Both my Mom and Dad had learned the German version when they were children as they were brought up in an orphanage. Good memories of Christmas for me.

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    November 4, 2013 at 9:22 am

    I ordered this CD a few years back and I love it!

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    Annette Hensley
    November 4, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Wow! I have goose bumps. What a rendition of We Three Kings. Wonderful instrumentation and vocal harmony. Thanks for sharing.

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    November 4, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Starting this season off great with those lovely songs! I really like We Three Kings!

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    November 4, 2013 at 8:41 am

    My favorite is Silent Night. The guys did a fabulous job on We Three Kings, as was expected. When I hear Christmastime’s A Coming, I almost always cry. It’s not a sad song, but it brings back sad memories.

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    steve in tn
    November 4, 2013 at 8:30 am

    i like little town…i bet all are good. christmas music is difficult to play…nice work. i guess if it was not good we would have never heard it.

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    Eva Nell Mull Wike, Ph.D.
    November 4, 2013 at 8:07 am

    Such a wonderful choice of Christmas favorites. But how can I choose? They are all very special.I will just go ahead and decide on “What Child is This” as my favorite. Congratulations!
    I hope to see you at my “Fiddler” signing down in Murphy at the “Curiosity Book Store” from 4:00 to 6:00 on 11-6-13 OOPS! In two days. SPREAD THE WORD!
    I can hardly wait. It will be my first ‘local’ NORTH CAROLINA SIGNING. Then I will signing in Hayesville during the HISTORY OF CLAY COUNTY celebration on the 15th & 16th. Put it on your calendar!
    Hope your day is sunny!
    Eva Nell

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    Ken Kuhlmann
    November 4, 2013 at 8:06 am

    That would be Silent Night or Oh Come all Ye Faithful or Jingle Bells. I see what you mean. They are all good.

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    November 4, 2013 at 7:49 am

    My favorite would have to be “Away in a Manger.” This brings back memories of a play from my childhood, and my first knowledge of Baby Jesus.
    Great voices, and I love that song.

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    Ray P. Algee
    November 4, 2013 at 7:42 am

    The Little Drummer Boy

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    Bob and Inez Jones
    November 4, 2013 at 7:35 am

    Tipper- That is a beautiful arrangement of “We Three Kings”. I love all the Christmas music but I think Silent Night has to be one of my favorites, It evokes such a picture in my mind of a crystal clear night with the world being so calm and then the manger with Baby Jesus and the cattle and animals standing and watching,chewing on their cud with steam coming off them because of the cool of the night. Can’t you see it all? Inez Jones

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    Nancy Wigmore
    November 4, 2013 at 7:33 am

    My husband’s favorite is O Come All Ye Faithful…Mine is Joy to the World…I just love all the songs and I’m with you Tipper on Jingle Bells…every time I hear it my toe can’t help but tap along…it brings back so many fond memories of my daddy playing the banjo and us kids singing along. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderfully blessed day. Prayerfully, Nancy and her husband Skip too!

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    Ed Ammons
    November 4, 2013 at 7:26 am

    I have to agree with Miss Cindy. I’ve never heard We Three Kings done better! By anybody! Ever!

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    b. Ruth
    November 4, 2013 at 7:25 am

    Love the post this morning!
    Yes, Christmas is on it’s way!
    I also like to fill the truck and car with Christmas CD’s…
    Sometimes they can be “perky” just right for a shopping mood enhancer. Sometimes, a CD for reflecting on the year. A CD to remind one of the importance of family and the reason for the season! Christmas CD’s that make you pray for those faraway that can’t get home for Christmas, those always make me cry!
    Whatever you do don’t put one of those romantic, warm, snowy winter wonderland lovey dovy CD’s on while driving home from a rush hour, tired from the Christmas shopping trip! You need to stay awake while driving, keep you eye on the road and not drift and dream of sugar plums dancing in your head!
    There is time for that when you get home and snuggled in your bed!
    Well then, all that nonsense stated…Sign me up! I would just love me some more Christmas music…especially from the group that seems like family! I am so blessed to know some real music players and singers…Am I braggin’? Doggone tootin’ I am!
    Thanks Tipper,
    PS…There was a little tinge of red sky in the West this morning!
    The amazing thing, a golden glow was hitting the side of my kitchen window shades…Yep, it was the light reflecting off those big old golden leafed hickorys in the back yard…LOL
    I missed the Chili Cookoff, no worry, the daughter-in-laws and I stayed home, and let the men go and scorch their stomachs…they were wise enough not to enter the hot pepper eatin’ contest! LOL
    The better half is having a new non-toxic chili recipe sent to me by a health group that entered. He said it was delishous…Something called Verde!

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    November 4, 2013 at 7:21 am

    Hauntingly beautiful! Listened to it 3 times straight. Remember the one about the little child who thought the first line of the song was “We three kings of OREY and TAR”???

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    Sheryl Paul
    November 4, 2013 at 7:19 am

    Silent Night has always been my favorite.

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    Miss Cindy
    November 4, 2013 at 6:20 am

    Tipper, that’s the best We Three Kings I’ve ever heard! Paul is really getting fancy with his mixing. I predict this will be the best Christmas ever!

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