Look at that Old Glory Mountain

two girls sitting outside with fiddle and guitar

The Webster Brothers were an influence on Pap’s music. Although not as popular as some of the other brother duets of the 40s and 50s their music was outstanding.

You can find a few Webster Brothers songs on Youtube here.

When the girls first started singing with Pap and Paul at performances they only had a handful of songs they could sing and one of them was a Webster Brother’s original “Glory Mountain.” Pap and Paul taught them the song and they’ve been singing it ever since.

You can go here to see a video we filmed of the song way back in 2009. The girls didn’t have instruments and they couldn’t sing harmony yet.

I hope you enjoyed the song. Its not one many people do. In fact a quick google will bring up only a few videos of the song and the girls are one of them.


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    October 16, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    Love that, so agree we’ve just got to keep on climbing till we reach that Mountain Top, that ole Glory Mountain in the sky

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    Ed Ammons
    October 13, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    You know I’ve been to Glory Mountain but it wudden called that. Everybody called it Charlie Gap then. When you go up Wiggins Creek the first stream of any size on the right is Charlie Branch. Several families lived up in there before the dam threat and buyout which would have cut them off from the rest of the world. From the time I can remember to the time I moved away nobody lived there. There was one house and a barn still standing. Both were well built as I remember. It was called the Luke Winchester Place. The house was built of sawn lumber and covered with tin. The barn was built from logs and the roof covered with white oak shakes. Several homesteads in other areas still had fallen down houses and outbuildings.
    Some flatlander had bought up some of the land above the water line and established a Christmas tree farm. When it failed to prosper he (I never knew who the owner was. Coulda been a she or they for all I know.) subdivided it and started putting in vacation homes. That’s when it became Glory Mountain.
    Charlie Gap was a landmark. A gap in the mountain where back in the time when there were few roads people could cross from Needmore on the Little Tennessee over to the Nantahala without walking all the way to Almond. It was still a steep climb but for a much shorter distance.
    Time has forgotten the man for whom Charlie Gap and Charlie Branch was named as has the Wiggins who gave his name to Wiggins Creek. But people be forever befuddled as to why a gap was renamed Glory Mountain. Where’s the glory? Where’s the mountain?

    I did listen the Girls version of Glory Mountain and was really impressed. The camera work, the background and their choices of voices all worked in harmony to create a top notch video.

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    Ken Roper
    October 13, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    I like The Webster Brothers, so I asked Donna Lynn at our Christian Radio Station at Murphy to play, “My God’s Everywhere.” …Ken

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    betty stephenson
    October 13, 2019 at 1:42 pm


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    Ken Roper
    October 13, 2019 at 10:49 am

    I don’t think I ever heard The Webster Brothers before, but I like them, almost as well as The Louvin Brothers or Jim and Jesse McReynolds. You can hear Paul and Pap in their music, if you listen closely. They sing with such clarity, like your bunch.

    Chitter and Chatter have really come along, I’ve watched them since they were little things. I thank God every day for you and your family, for having the presents of mind to Video these songs. …Ken

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    October 13, 2019 at 10:22 am

    I really enjoyed the song.

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    Gayle Larson
    October 13, 2019 at 9:49 am

    I always look forward to your Sunday songs. Good job.

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    aw griff
    October 13, 2019 at 9:27 am

    I liked both.

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    Rick Shepherd
    October 13, 2019 at 8:54 am

    Thank you Tipper…..Seeing and listening to the Pressley Girls sing this beautiful song is a fine way to start a Sunday morning!

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    Miss Cindy
    October 13, 2019 at 7:08 am

    Nice song and good job! There is a world of difference in this song and the 2009 recording. The girls have grown and matured and their singing has certainly grown and matured! In fact…they look like glamour queens is this video!
    Good job!

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