Appalachia Music

On The Jericho Road

As we travel along the jericho road

In 1928 Don and Marguerete McCrossman penned the song As We Travel Along On The Jericho Road. The title is often shortened to The Jericho Road. A few years later, in 1933, the song was copyrighted by the Stamps-Baxter Music Company.

The Mudcat Cafe is my favorite source for old song information. According to the great contributors on the Mudcat website, the song was first released in 1934 by the Propes Quartet. The Chuck Wagon Gang recorded the song in 1941. Other performers you might have heard sing the song: Jim and Jesse, Elvis, and Merle Haggard. We’ve all become slightly obsessed with Haggard’s version-its really good.

Most folks who do the song perform it in a gospel quartet style-so Pap and Paul’s duet is different than what you usually hear-if you’re familiar with the song.

Hope you enjoyed the song-it sort of sticks in your head so you may be enjoying it for the rest of the day!

Tipper

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13 Comments

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    Kerry in GA
    January 19, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Love it.:)

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    Sue Crane
    January 19, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Great job! Each voice is so distinctive. Pop shines – as does Paul! I’ve heard this song for about as long as I can remember and it’s still uplifting.

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    Ken Roper
    January 19, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Tipper,
    It’s nice to see Pap doing the lead
    for a change. All of you do a great
    job with that song.
    Today Dolly Parton will be 68, so
    Happy Birthday, Dolly. She’s just a
    tad older than me but I remember her
    way back yonder on the Caz Walker
    Program, and she’s never changed…Ken

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    Mary Rutherford
    January 19, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    The Jericho Road makes me think of the parable of the Good Samaritan. It is always one of the bible stories I loved hearing about as a child. The pictures of the Jericho Road looked just as twisty as as our roads but there were no beautiful green trees to bring comfort to the harsh landscape. We definitely have the scenic route to take on our journey!

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    Dee Parks
    January 19, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Tipper, I enjoyed Paul and Pap singing this old gospel song. I love gospel music. I remember the FIRST time I heard this gospel song I was about 12 (in the 1950’s). As this song came on the radio, I was walking across the living room floor at my grandparents home down south, and stopped immediately as the quartet started to sing. I just stood frozen and listened as I had never heard a quartet sing gospel music. To my ears, it was the most beautiful singing. Of course, it wasn’t long till quartets were coming up north and we would hear more gospel songs. My grandmother played the piano and I remember seeing that song in one of her books too. It is a song that will stay in your head. Thanks for reminding me of a special moment in my childhood.

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    Jane Bolden
    January 19, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Liked it! If I listen to it one more time, it will be stuck in my head.

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    dolores
    January 19, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Wonderful! Nicely performed! Happy Sunday!

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    ldockery
    January 19, 2014 at 9:25 am

    That’s definitely one of the best.

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    TimMc
    January 19, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Job well done, if that don’t make your toe tap, your foots broke…

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    Miss Cindy
    January 19, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Very nice! That song requires both Pap and Paul to reach a little than farther in their range.

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    Eva Nell Mull, PhD
    January 19, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Tipper: That was a perfect performance and a great beginning for a sunny Sunday morning! The Jericho Road was one of my Mama’s favor right songs. Thanks a lot.
    Eva Nell

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    Sheryl Paul
    January 19, 2014 at 7:59 am

    I always enjoy hearing Pap and Paul play.

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    Judy Mincey
    January 19, 2014 at 7:40 am

    Awesome! Love the way they switch leading! Tricky. You need to find a way to get in the video. What a great start to a cold Sunday morning!

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