Playing at Shady Grove

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A couple of weeks ago we played at Shady Grove Baptist Church’s Thanksgiving Dinner. We always have a good time playing there.

Shady Grove is Granny’s home church and many of her family members, including her parents and siblings, are buried in the graveyard.

Several of Granny’s family members attend the church. Her first cousin Bernice plays the piano and does a wonderful job.

The pastor, Gerald Derreberry, and the entire church always make us feel like family.

There’s a little commercial at the beginning of the church concert, you can skip over that if you want too.

I hope you enjoyed our performance at Shady Grove!

If you’ve been reading the Blind Pig and The Acorn for any length of time you know our musical roots started with Pap. I’m giving away a cd of Pap and his brother Ray for the last Thankful November giveaway for this year.

The cd includes some of the on stage banter that happened between Pap and Ray which I think makes it extra special. To be entered in the giveaway for “The Wilson Brothers at the John C. Campbell Folk School & on Radio” leave a comment on this post. *Giveaway ends December 9, 2021.

To pick up your own copy of the cd visit the links below.


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    Angelyn McLain
    December 6, 2021 at 5:17 pm

    I am finally getting a chance to listen to the concert at Shady Grove. I just love it and it takes me back to the church we went to when I was young. Thank you!

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    December 6, 2021 at 4:32 pm

    I have really enjoyed watching the videos of your family playing and singing. You all are very talented. Winning a cd would just tickle me pink!

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    December 5, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    Beautiful pics. I love jut walking around in old cemeteries. Most of my forbears lie in places such as these. A few months ago one of my distant cousins did a fund raiser and we got a marker set for our great grandparents. They had never had a professionally done marker in these close to a century.

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    December 5, 2021 at 8:59 pm

    OH, THE HARMONIES! Wow. And it was obvious that everyone was having a good time, onstage and in the congregation. SO reminds me of ‘SINGSPIRATION’ nights that combined churches in my hometown would have when I was a girl. Love it!

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    December 5, 2021 at 8:13 pm

    I recall my Mom singing many of the songs without any musical insturements as we had none and none of us could play them anyway. I guess she learned them from the radio and church. Would love to have the cd but a lot of the people are more deserving so follow the procedure you have. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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    December 5, 2021 at 5:04 pm

    I like loved the Playing At Shady Grove video!! Thank you! I love gospel bluegrass!

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    Diana Turner
    December 5, 2021 at 4:18 pm

    Tipper, just loved the Shady Grove concert. I’m so glad I ran across your You-Tube lectures about a month ago. It takes me back to my parents telling me about their growing up years. Although they were not from Appalachia, but south central Kentucky, around Dale Hollow Lake, you speak of the same things they did. Thank you for bringing back precious memories. I read your post faithfully, as soon as I receive it. May God bless you and may you and your family enjoy a merry Christmas.

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    Barbara Parker
    December 5, 2021 at 3:37 pm

    Goodness Gracious! What a blessing to hear the singing and playing of the instruments at the church. I loved it! I love the ole time Gospel songs, they have a Spiritual connection and the words touch my heart and soul. How I look forward to hearing you all singing and playing in person someday. May the Lord bless you all as you perform to the Glory of our Lord and Savior.

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    December 5, 2021 at 3:02 pm

    That poor lamb, and probably a lot of headstones, have seen too much acid rain.

    What a shame!

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    December 5, 2021 at 2:52 pm

    Tipper, I loved the music from Shady Grove BC! Those are the songs I love most at church.

    Thank you, and Paul and the Pressley Girls.

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    December 5, 2021 at 2:24 pm

    I love the old church buildings and the great food served when they have a big celebration. I helped remodel one many years ago that had pine poles flattened on two sides for studs. {Some at a sawmill but most done by axe or hatchet}

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    Ed Ammons
    December 5, 2021 at 1:51 pm

    I watched the video when it first came out. I usually just go to another video as soon as I recognize a commercial. They all promise a discount or as in this case free time. I discovered a long time ago that you can get those discounts anyway if you ask. Skilkshare, for instance, if you go to their website, offers a free month free for everybody fight on their home page. I consider that deceptive advertising. I wouldn’t want Corie to get involved in all that mess. She is just too sweet a girl for that!
    Tipper, I hope you never put commercial in your videos. Advertising your own stuff is fine but Skillshare and such really taint an otherwise great video.

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      December 5, 2021 at 3:00 pm

      I agree, Ed. I have unsubscribed from several YT channels when the creators started advertising other products than their own.

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    December 5, 2021 at 1:41 pm

    Tipper, I usually read The Blind Pig and Acorn Sunday morning while I sip a cup of coffee before I go to Country and Town Baptist Church in Mechanicsburg, PA., but this morning I was running late so I enjoyed Worship Service at my Church and Sunday School first, and had another opportunity to enjoy a part of your praise concert.
    The harmony was beautiful and I was tapping my foot, clapping, my hands and singing along the old songs, especially one I have always loved to sing – “I’ll Fly Away.” Those old songs we learned as young people, stay with us and they not only bring back precious memories but they also bring “Peace” in the mind that is beyond all human understanding. Thanks Katie and Corie, Paul and Tipper, as usual I loved hearing those hymns!

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    Terry Huffaker
    December 5, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    Thanks for the trip down memory lane and of the songs sung in so many of the rural community churches. Also have great memories of my grandmother singing or humming several of these many hymns as. she went about her daily routine on the old family homeplace. Love the acoustic renditions of these hymns!

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    Colleen Holmes
    December 5, 2021 at 12:45 pm

    Happiness is being part of the Blind Pig family. Another good post. Thank you.

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    Allison B
    December 5, 2021 at 12:38 pm

    Loved the wonderful music and singing !

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    December 5, 2021 at 12:15 pm

    I had watched this video on YouTube and just enjoyed every minute of it. So many of the old hymns took me back to the little church where I had given my heart to Jesus. I closed my eyes and from memory could see so many of my dear, sweet church family faces. Some I haven’t seen in years because I moved out of state and some I know have gone on to be with the Lord. I remembered the night I accepted Jesus was during the song service with the worship singers praising God with many of those very same songs the girls were singing. Thank y’all for sharing this very beautiful video that worships and having fun, because people forget sometimes it’s music to God’s ears when people are joyful while offering praise to Him.

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    Sandra henderson
    December 5, 2021 at 11:22 am

    I love old cemeteries, always have. I enjoyed the concert . Made me homesick.

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    Patricia A Small
    December 5, 2021 at 11:06 am

    Sounds great!

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    Angelyn McLain
    December 5, 2021 at 10:55 am

    Love the music!

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    Patricia Millson
    December 5, 2021 at 10:29 am

    Music is fabulous. Would love to win a CD.

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    Sharon Cole
    December 5, 2021 at 9:48 am

    Enjoyed the music so much! Take care and God bless!

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    Charles Ronald Perry, Sr.
    December 5, 2021 at 9:44 am

    Beautiful and Pap really leaves a legacy with all of you to carry on his love of music.

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    Danilee Varner
    December 5, 2021 at 9:31 am

    The concert was beautiful! I too love The soul never dies…. I’m thankful for the concert

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    Angela J Short
    December 5, 2021 at 9:16 am

    Thanks for a chance to win the cd. Enjoy your day.

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    Ron Stephens
    December 5, 2021 at 9:14 am

    What a big, big household we belong to. It extends the world over. Never yet gathered in one place at one time but will be, maybe very soon. I am thankful for that.

    You all sing, I think, a verse of “I’ll Fly Away” I have either never heard, heard only rarely or my memory is going faster and farther than I thought. Anyway, you all obviously felt right at home as should always be true for Christians in their Father’s house and will certainly be so “when we meet”.

    By the way, I have a question. Do you all think the sound is particularly good in those all solid wood churches in Cades Cove? We have had service in two of them, the Primitive and the Missionary and to my tin ea at least the sound at the Missionary was phenomenal.

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    December 5, 2021 at 9:13 am

    I enjoyed this, y’all remind me so much of my father in law and his band. I wish we were close enough to have you play sometime at my church. Like someone else said, listening to some of the songs put tears in my eyes too. I like to go to you tube and listen to Pap and Paul sing the old time hymns.

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    December 5, 2021 at 9:06 am

    Thank you for sharing your family’s talent with us this Sunday morning. I especially loved to hear the girls harmonize on I’ll Fly Away.

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    Sanford McKinney
    December 5, 2021 at 8:47 am

    The opening song was one that Pap and Paul did for me back a few years ago. A beautiful song performed beautifully by everyone. Thank you for sharing.

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      Sandra Melton
      December 5, 2021 at 12:12 pm

      Love all the music you post and also love to watch all of your videos about your life. It reminds me of my childhood with my my family.

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    December 5, 2021 at 8:16 am

    Yes, the old songs are the best. Love the mural in the sanctuary and the name of the church. Judging from the photos, I’m not the only one who enjoys walking around graveyards, especially the old ones. Some of the headstones tell stories and the names are old timey and sweet.

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    Margie G
    December 5, 2021 at 8:12 am

    Just wonderful on a Sunday morning- thanks for the beautiful melodies! I really enjoyed it!

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    Philip D Mundy
    December 5, 2021 at 8:11 am

    I really enjoyed the singing and playing the musical instruments, your a talented family and I hope sometime to be able to hear you all sing at a church or other venue. May God Bless You All and Hope you always Sing for Him.

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    Kathy Gautier
    December 5, 2021 at 8:07 am

    I enjoyed every second of the video. Such perfect harmony. I would be honored to own this cd.

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    Matt Laminack
    December 5, 2021 at 8:04 am

    I enjoyed y’all’s singing and playing as always. I know the folks at Shady Grove Baptist Church did.

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    GoodGriefLouise ( Bill )
    December 5, 2021 at 7:35 am

    Yes, Katie I remember when I was 16, I couldn’t wait to be 18 so I too could do whatever I wanted. It’s the old story of be careful what you wish for. Any way what a wonderful concert at Shady Grove Church. Loved all the songs but especially Where the Soul Never Dies. Ya’ll have such sweet harmony and I can feel the bass of Tipper’s coming forth. I think to round out the band Matt should play the washboard. Your music is always looked forward to. And so is Blind Pig and The Acorn.

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    Deb Sea
    December 5, 2021 at 7:19 am

    This absolutely touched my heart and filled my eyes with tears! So beautiful!

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    Kimberly Moore
    December 5, 2021 at 6:59 am

    Dad preached once a month at a tiny church in a Va holler. Every summer the church would host a bluegrass fest and the attendance would quadruple. A Potluck and homemade ice cream sweetened the deal and the Shenandoah River provided cooling off when we kids got restless. But the music? The music was phenomenal. A CD would be fabulous to win!

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    Larry Paul Eddings
    December 5, 2021 at 6:50 am

    I really enjoyed the singing and playing on the video.

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    donna sue
    December 5, 2021 at 6:30 am

    Boy! This is another very difficult giveaway for me to say “please don’t enter my name”to!! I love listening to the Wilson Brothers! The Christmas CD you offered the other day was hard for me to remain silent on, too. I just want to stand back, though, and let others have the chance to win. I will order these cds myself, instead, soon. I really enjoyed the Shady Grove concert! I always love when guest musicians play at my church. Watching that video gave me the sense of being there in person, sitting with my eternal family, soaking in such wonderful praises to our King! I loved it! Thank you for sharing such a treasured blessing!

    Donna. : )

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    Martha D Justice
    December 5, 2021 at 6:30 am

    Wonderful to hear some of the old songs . Brings back sweet memories of our ongoing journey to the promised land. Thanks to all of yall. Merry Christmas ☺

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