Appalachia Music

Picking and Grinning In The Kitchen Moves to Blairsville

Picking and grinning with the blind pig gang

I’m sending you to Blairsville Georgia for today’s Picking and Grinning in the Kitchen Spot.

Jon from Ridgeline TV typically films the Friday Night Concert Series put on by the Union County Historical Society in Blairsville. When we played the series earlier this Summer Jon wasn’t there-it seemed sort of lonely without him looking at us from the balcony.

Jon was there the previous Summer in 2014. After that show we kept our eyes on the Ridgeline TV website for a good long while hoping to watch the show he filmed, but we never did see it. I finally decided Jon had aired our shows so many times in the past that he must be making room for some new performers.

Turns out-Jon was just busy. I certainly know how it feels to have too many irons in the fire and not enough hands to turn them. He emailed me a couple weeks ago to tell me the show from 2014 was finally up.



p.s. For those pickling along with me, today’s step is quick and easy.

-Drain the syrup off the cucumbers into a large pot. Don’t worry about getting every little spice out of the crock or off of the cucumbers. It’s fine if they stick to the crock or the cukes.

-Place the syrup on the stove-heat to boiling.

-While it’s heating place the cucumbers back into the crock.

-Pour the boiling syrup over the cucumbers.

-Replace your weights to submerge the cucumbers under the syrup.

-Let sit overnight.

Tomorrow’s step-is exactly like this one-but I’ll remind you.


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  • Reply
    August 17, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Don-thank you for the comment! Yes another trip would be great! Chatter switches back and forth on the harmony on a lot of songs. She has some sort of uncanny ability to do that without really trying : ) Which makes it very easy for her sister to sing lead!
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Celebrating and Preserving the
    Culture of Appalachia

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    August 16, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    So nice to find you again. There is a bit of preserving I want to do this year, but not sure I will get to it. Love your blog and so glad to connect with you again.

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    C. Ronald Perry, Sr.
    August 16, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Great Video performance.

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    August 16, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    I enjoyed the video this Morning.. The acoustics in that room rings and it sounded really good.. Reminds me of an Old Church we once attended.. Man you get a bunch of God loving, fearing Christians in that room singing and they’d just about tear the shingles off..

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    August 16, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    I enjoyed the Blairsville Program
    alot and saw Pap off to the right
    in one scene just chomping at the
    bits to get in there.
    It does my heart good to see and
    hear most of the Family singing my
    favorite tunes…Ken

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    Peggy Lambert
    August 16, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    Tipper, enjoyed your program this morning. Loved the girls singing and playing.
    I am still hopping around on one leg. My doc. says three more weeks and then we will see if I can put more weight on it. Thanks for all your programs.
    Peggy L.

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    Ed Ammons
    August 16, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    Pickling and Grinning in Blairsville!
    I really enjoyed today’s video. We need to see many more like it! I hope the twins can build career around Southern Appalachian Folk Music.

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    Pamela Danner
    August 16, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Loved the video. You all sound great together! You all look so natural up there on stage, Lord I would be terrified! Thank you for sharing.

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    Miss Cindy
    August 16, 2015 at 10:43 am

    It’s amazing how much the girls have matured in a short time. They have physically matured and their music has matured.

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    August 16, 2015 at 10:29 am

    I think i need to visit you when the pickles are ready. I can just taste them in my mind. The power of mind over matter.
    The music was once again great!

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    Don Casada
    August 16, 2015 at 9:24 am

    We need a trip back to Little Cataloochee Church for an Undone in Sorrow harmonic reprise. I can’t tell for sure – does Chatter switch from lead to harmony in Undone?
    Enjoyed Paul teasingly taking up for her in Crazy Arms; they do a great job on that.

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    Jim Casada
    August 16, 2015 at 9:05 am

    What a fine musical “pick me up” for a Sunday morning.As much as I enjoyed the pickin’ and singin’, I do declare I enjoyed the body language and the faces of Chitter and Chatter even more. Someone who was an expert in analyzing such things would have an absolute field day with the five and a half minutes of this performance.
    Jim Casada

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    Charles Fletcher
    August 16, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Very good program for you girls
    And you included a song from
    my favorite performer. Ray Price.
    Crazy arms.
    Pick me up on your way down would
    Would be another good addition to
    Your selection.

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    b. Ruth
    August 16, 2015 at 8:25 am

    I loved the Blairsville program…
    However, for some reason I have a green screen on my windows 8.1/video’s, but the music was wonderful just the same…
    Thanks for sharing,

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    Henry Horton
    August 16, 2015 at 7:38 am

    “too many irons in the fire and not enough hands to turn them.”
    Nice turn of phrase, Tipper.

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