Appalachia Music Pap

Our Legacy of Traditional Music in Western North Carolina

The year 2019 was declared the “Year of Music in North Carolina” by the Governor.

The North Carolina Arts Council created the campaign “Come Hear North Carolina” to celebrate the year of music.

A few month’s back the NC Arts Council invited me to write a piece about our family’s music to be featured on the “Come Hear North Carolina” website. You can go here to read it.


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    Paula Rhodarmer
    June 6, 2019 at 11:42 am

    Tipper, I absolutely loved your piece on your traditional musical legacy in WNC. You are a wonderful writer and caught the essence of how music was a part of your and your family’s life. The pictures were great, too. Well done!

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    larry tolley
    June 5, 2019 at 10:33 am

    Really enjoyed the arcticle. Love the old time music. I wasn’t surrounded with it in my family. I just had to pick it up myself. My dad played the banjo till he was converted and became a Christian, I n those days, most churches considered the banjo unchristian, so dad quit playing, This was quite a few years before I was born, so I didn’t have that legacy to look to. I might have been a banjo player instead of a guitar player. However, I have acquired a bajo and hope to learn clawhammer style. I am a pastor of a small country church in Scott County, Va. We have a mandolin player, banjo player, six guitar players, bass player, drums, and piano. the drummer, bass, and two guitar players are under 18 years of age. I have encouraged the young people to learn an instrument and play it in church. At one time, we had two young fiddle players.

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    Ken Roper
    June 4, 2019 at 10:37 am

    I Love the way you talk about the towering Mountains and deep Dark hollers. You could imitate John Parris and it makes me Proud to know you and your Family. Pap once told me that you learned the Bass quicker than anyone he had ever known. That’s a pretty good compliment, coming from a Daddy.

    Chitter and Chatter are Great gals that come out of that musical Family. With their love of music,
    I know the tradition will continue. …Ken

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    Ed Ammons
    June 4, 2019 at 9:25 am

    I see where The Pressley Girls helped provide the music for Crandall Moffitt’s funeral yesterday. I started to say “performed” but that’s not the appropriate word for a funeral, is it?
    I know Crandall was Paul’s predecessor but was he also your teacher or principle?

    Fine bit of writing by the way!

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      June 4, 2019 at 10:26 am

      Ed- Mr. Moffitt was my teacher, and my Principal at one time. He was a fine man. I hope to share a little about him in the days to come.

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    Gayle Larson
    June 4, 2019 at 7:40 am

    Great article. Keep on keepin on as they say. We all love your family and the music you share with us.

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    Miss Cindy
    June 4, 2019 at 7:37 am

    That’s a very good article you wrote, Tip, and quite an honor to be asked to write it! I like the pictures too. Music is such a big tradition in your family, it will be interesting to see what the next generation does with it.

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    Ron Stephens
    June 4, 2019 at 7:26 am

    Excellent article, Tipper. Good for us as an overview of your family’s music heritage. Interesting to me that Pap’s friend was from Church Hill (?), TN. If it is the one I think it is, it is southwest of Kingsport, TN and not far from Bristol, VA/TN where the earliest country music recording was done.

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    June 4, 2019 at 5:51 am

    You did a really good job with that, Pap is proud right now, you all are so blessed. I really miss being able to show our Daughter what little I know about music.

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