Appalachia Music

Long Way Home


Last Sunday I told you about the Christmas dvd the girls’ made for Paul. It’s hard to say which song I enjoy more.

Will There Be Any Stars?” is fantastic, but right up there with it is a cover they did of Dwight Yoakam’s song “Long Way Home.”

I’m awful partial to Dwight Yoakam’s music. And since the girls were raised on a steady stream of his tunes they like him pretty good too.

Although the song isn’t literally about being a long way from home, as I write this post the girls are literally a long way from home.

They’re having a wonderful time in Michigan. Making music with great friends, seeing family they hardly ever get to see, dancing jigs and snow-shoeing through the peninsula of Michigan means they’re having a ton of fun. Not to mention the excitement of flying and going so far away from home without momma or daddy for the first time.

I hope you enjoyed the song!


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    Miss Cindy
    January 6, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    That’s a beautiful song and two beautiful girls. Can they really be grown, I thought for sure they were still teenagers.
    I sure am proud of the fine grown, though young, women!

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    Mary Lou McKillip
    January 6, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    Tipper, I am proud with you . Those two had take t passed down through the genes Good Lord I fell loves all sort of music but County music I feel is on high on His lists and those two gals can sing sing and play it

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    Ron Stephens
    January 6, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    Can’t let this oost pass without commenting on your “awful partial to” phrase. I almost missed it because it is so awful familiar. When I caught it, I had to smile. I believe you posted about that use of “awful” once. Thanks for the good cheer.

    And Jim’s post runs a close parallel with my life. When I ventured out into the big world I was green as a gourd. But, as he says so well, incredibly blessed. I’m still green, thankfully.

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    January 6, 2019 at 11:31 am

    This is just beautiful! I love the guitar and fiddle runs, and the girls did a wonderful job, as always. I can only imagine how much Paul treasures the DVD they made for him. May God bless and protect them while they are away from home and bring them safely back to you. It is sad to think of how quickly our children grow up, and how fast the years fly by. I trust God will always keep them and our own dear son close to His heart and in love with Jesus and away from the ways of the world. We do all we can to lay that foundation and have to trust that God will keep them safe in His ways the rest of their lives. Sending much love and Happy New Year greetings to all of you today!

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    Jim Casada
    January 6, 2019 at 10:25 am

    Tipper–I somehow find it heartening that the girls are only now, and only on a temporary basis, leaving their nest in their highland homeland. My initial thought was, my, they’ve led a sheltered life, and that immediately was followed by realization of two things–first, that shelter will be a lifelong blessing, and second, my own experiences by that point in my life were even more circumscribed.
    I never saw the ocean until well into my 25th year; I never spent a night away from home, other than with relatives, camping, or with friends, until I was in college; I never spent a night in a motel until I had finished college; had never flown on a plane; by the time I finished college had only set foot in five states and Washington, D. C. (senior trip); and had not eaten a sit-down meal in a restaurant (unless you counted Dent’s Cafe in Bryson City) when I finished high school. I was green as a gourd, naive as a new-born babe, and blessed beyond belief. Getting really solid grounding in the place of your roots is a lifelong blessing, and it is one the girls have and will also enjoy.
    Jim Casada

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    January 6, 2019 at 9:17 am

    Those beautiful smiles don’t look one bit nervous to me. I’ve got a feeling this will not be their last flight, especially after the transplanted Appalachians up North get a taste of The Pressley Girl’s music.

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    Kay Dallas
    January 6, 2019 at 8:52 am

    Love their rendition!

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    January 6, 2019 at 8:29 am

    That was good! It looks like they took the picture on the plane. You can see from their faces they are excited about this trip. First thing I did when I saw their faces was say a little prayer for them as they are away from home. It did make me feel better to know that they had some extended family up there. The wonderful thing is they have each other and are not traveling alone. I’m sure they will have a lot of stories to tell you when they get home.

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    Ron Stephens
    January 6, 2019 at 8:23 am

    I have the feeling it is a bittersweet thing for you all for the girls to be in Michigan. I know you two are proud of them and glad they have the opportunities. But a parent’s heart yearns for their children who are far away. We raise them to be able to leave us – and then they do.

    But I’m also sure their hearts will always be in western North Carolina. Your whole BP&A blog shows us the deep roots they have. As parents we always hope our children have the roots that will hold them steady in the most fierce storms of life. And they do.

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    Gayle Larson
    January 6, 2019 at 7:54 am

    I remember telling the girls years ago they should get a bus and take their show on the road. Now they have taken a plane with lots more invitations to come I am sure. I am so proud of them and they have come such a long way
    I know you must be busting with pride. They soon will be jetting all over the US.

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