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Paul Got Interviewed!


Several months back Cheryl, a Blind Pig reader and a friend of the family, interviewed Paul about his music for a magazine she contributes to called SGN Scoops. You can see the edited interview in magazine here.

Cheryl was kind enough to publish the entire interview on her blog Homespun Devotions. I hope you’ll jump over and read it. The interview really gives a peek into Paul’s thoughts on music and how it ties in to our lives and to the Blind Pig and The Acorn.

And if you just can’t stand a Sunday morning without a song from the Blind Pig Gang, don’t worry Cheryl shares several of our videos throughout the interview.


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  • Reply
    Ed Ammons
    September 23, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    You know, there have been and still are a bunch of kids over there in Cherokee County who are very lucky to have as fine a man as Paul Wade Wilson is as their teacher, mentor and guide. I know it is probably against school policy for him to share his testimony with them but they learn more by actions than words anyway. If they can look at his and say “I want to be like him!” he doesn’t need words.
    You know, our life is our testimony. Words are hollow if there is no actions to back them up. Matthew 5:16 says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

    I better hush before I get started preaching again!

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    Ken Roper
    September 23, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    and Cheryl,
    That is the Best Interview I ever read! Thank You!
    I love all the Wilsons, they are all friends of mine.
    Thanks to Tipper for bringing Pap to my shop to meet me. It was that day, I fell in Love with the
    Wilson Family. I have tried to be as supportive as possible and enjoyed many of their concerts.
    Paul, my daddy was a lot like Pap, he taught Sunday School for many years and I still miss him. He read The Bible every night and listened to all them Preachers on the Radio. I was little then, but I remember Billy James Hargas as he came on saying “Jesus Christ is still the hope of the World”. Thanks again for a Wonderful Interview. …Ken

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    Nancy Hofmeister
    September 23, 2018 at 9:27 am

    Thank you for leading me to the interview. It was most interesting and all the links the arthur provided was helpful. I now have a better understanding of your family.

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    Bill Burnett
    September 23, 2018 at 9:17 am

    I enjoyed Paul’s interview, I too was raised on a lot of Reno & Smiley since Red is my fourth cousin. I was honored to escort his funeral procession when I was working for the Sheriff’s Dept. and to have a great talk with his Dad Uncle Arthur Lee Smiley Sr. after the funeral which turned out to be the last time I got to see him before he too passed away.

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    September 23, 2018 at 9:02 am

    What a wonderful interview. I had no idea Paul was a teacher and now an administrator. I just retired after 27 years of teaching. His comments about social media are so true. The internet is wonderful in so many ways, but people use it wrongly too. Have a blessed Sunday.

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    September 23, 2018 at 8:46 am

    Oh, Tipper! What a nice post! Thank you ever so much for sharing Paul’s interview with your readers! And, thank you for your kind words! Sending much love and gratitude to all of you!!

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    September 23, 2018 at 8:45 am

    God Bless you all! It’s all comes from God!

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    Miss Cindy
    September 23, 2018 at 8:18 am

    Tip, what a wonderful interview. It so captures the the spirit of who Paul is! It also provided such a clear picture of the music of the family.
    A big thank you to Cheryl!

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    Ron Stephens
    September 23, 2018 at 8:18 am

    Here lately I have been thinking a lot about Christ’s character being made visible in his people. In the interview, I see glimpses in Paul and through him in those he talks about. It is a difficult thing to describe well. I wish I could. But mostly I wish we would see it in one another because it is there in those who know him. Yet we are ‘a glass darkly’ that from time to time flashes out a bright light while most often being dimmer that we like.

    Thanks for sharing the interview.

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    Ed Karshner
    September 23, 2018 at 8:01 am

    That is wonderful for the Gang and a great read. I’ve been talking about you in my Appalachian Lit course and I think I’ll share this article with them.

    We are in West Virginia this weekend and listened to your family’s music all the way down. I reckon you’ll sing us home, too.


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    Jim Casada
    September 23, 2018 at 7:52 am

    Some well-deserved recognition for Paul and indeed the entire family. Congratulations to one and all and I can just imagine what a big old grin is gracing Pap’s face.
    Jim Casada

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    Gayle Larson
    September 23, 2018 at 6:49 am

    What a lovely tribute to your family. I hope someone in the family is doing a complete history.
    Sure started my Sunday off right. Thanks.

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