Appalachia Music

Moody River


I went way back in the Blind Pig and The Acorn Youtube Channel archives for this week’s Pickin’ and Grinnin’ in the Kitchen Spot.

We posted “Moody River” in October of 2008. Since then it’s been watched almost 8,000 times.

The song was a number one hit for Pat Boone in the early 60s. It was written by Chase Webster who recorded the song a bit earlier than Boone did. According to this page, Boone recorded the song and left the studio headed for home. His producer immediately took the new cut over to a radio station allowing Boone to hear the song on the radio before he reached his house.

Other than Pap and Paul’s, I’m most familiar with Doc Watson’s version of the song.

The song is written in ballad style and tells the sad story of a boy going to meet his girlfriend by the river only to find she has committed suicide because she was cheating on him.

I really like this video. I’ve always been drawn to melancholy songs. I like Pap’s old hat and his flannel shirt. I love Paul’s guitar runs throughout the song which add to the mournfulness of the song.

Hope you enjoyed the old video.


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  • Reply
    Rebel Dunn
    October 27, 2018 at 6:09 am

    When I was a kid, my daddyhad an 8 track tape of Kitty Wells singing this song .

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    lynn legge
    October 23, 2018 at 3:21 am

    ohh tipper I love this one…so mournful…perfect for fall times…it always makes me nostalgic..and yes I love the music…and pap tapping along to the music…
    thank you for sharing..sending big ladybug hugs and love to you all

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    October 21, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    Lovely rendition.
    Heartbreaking song.

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    Ed Ammons
    October 21, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    It’s nice of you to share, with those of us who have lost our parents, your audio and video recordings of yours. I have a very few still pictures of my parents and no voices other than those in ny head. Your Pap reminds me so much of my Daddy. Daddy didn’t play a guitar but he sure could sing.

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    George Pettie
    October 21, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    I just love those Pap & Paul kitchen songs.

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    Bill Burnett
    October 21, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    Very Good job!

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    Annette Casada Hensley
    October 21, 2018 at 11:06 am

    It’s been awhile since I’ve heard this song. Loved it! For me, the instrumental part of this song has always been the best part. Good job, Paul!

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    Gayle Larson
    October 21, 2018 at 9:04 am

    Another great Sunday song. Always look forward to them.

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    Miss Cindy
    October 21, 2018 at 8:51 am

    Yes, Tip, it’s comforting to see Pap in his flannel shirt and cap. They did a good job with this song!

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    October 21, 2018 at 7:36 am

    I am very interested in learning more about the Appalachian history, roots, the people, ways , food and recipes. Could you recommend some of your favorite books that contains this information. Thank you!

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      November 4, 2018 at 6:04 pm

      Andrea – Thank you for the comment! I love the Foxfire Books, anything by Sydney Saylor Farr or John Parris. Wilma Dykeman is also fantastic. As is Harriette Simpson Arnow.

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