Ridgeline TV

The Blind Pig Gang is on TV

Remember back in August when the Blind Pig Gang performed at the Union County Historical Society and a local tv station filmed us?

The tv station, Ridgeline TV has aired the first portion of our show. The show plays for about 8 minutes-shows a short commercial-plays for another 8 minutes or so-plays one more commercial then plays the rest of the show which is about 7 minutes or so.


Everyone seemed anxious to know the answers for the riddles I shared yesterday from the book It’s Not My Mountain Anymore written by Barbara Taylor Woodall. So here they are:

  • What’s round as a saucer, deep as a cup, the Mississippi River can’t fill up? A sifter or a sieve
  • What has a head, but cannot think? A nail
  • What is round as a ball, sharp as an awl, lives in the summer dies in the fall? A chestnut burr
  • Once it was green and growing, now it is dead and singing? A fiddle (I wonder if this one is from the days of making a fiddle from a stalk of corn)
  • What goes to the water but cannot drink? A cowbell
  • What has four stiff standers, four down hangers, two lookers, two crookers, and one switchabout? A cow

I’ve almost reached the end of my series on Barbara and her book-be sure to stick around for the giveaway!



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    Bob & Inez Jones
    November 12, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Tipper and the rest of the Gang- We did not get to view this until today. Congrats to all of you and Ridgeline. It was excellent all the way around.This is and has always been our kind of music. There is nothing that can beat family harmony. Pap must have a heart that swells with pride and thanksgiving to see and hear the music continuing.I have contacted Ridgeline concerning a DVD, but have not had a reply.God bless you all.Bob and Inez

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    November 10, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Thank you : ) The tv website says you can buy dvds from them. Im not sure how it works-but you could fill out their contact form and see!
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Celebrating and Preserving the
    Culture of Appalachia

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    Judy Mincey
    November 9, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    Loved the videos. Those girls are really special. Tell Paul if he keeps it it up he might learn to play that mandolin. How’s that for a backhanded compliment?

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    November 8, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Enjoyed the music of the Blind Pig
    Gang and will save so I can listen
    many times over. Just beautiful and thank you!
    from an Oregon fan

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    Peggy Lambert
    November 8, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    The Video was great and I played it 2 times this morning. I found the
    place to stop the playlist for the first time. So now I know how it works. Thanks
    Peggy L.

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    Patti Tappel
    November 8, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Oh Tipper, I so enjoyed the clip. However I don’t think Paul introduced the girls correctly. I’ve never heard those names in the 4 or 5 years I’ve followed your blog!
    Are they driving now?
    You all do great work!
    I’d love to see a clip of the banjo player from Argentina!

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    November 8, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Tipper I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed the beautiful music your family played. Chitter and Chatter are growing up to be such lovely and talented young women. I wish I had been blessed with musical talent! The Blind Pig Gang really rocks,I’ll always be your fan!

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    November 8, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    I’m glad Jim mentioned those black
    eyes of the Wilson Family. I got in a hurry and hit post before I
    remembered to say anything about
    it. Not only has Paul got those
    chinquapin eyes, he has about as
    good of a singing voice as I have
    ever heard. Ridgeline TV zoomed in
    so we could see just how beautiful
    Chitter and Chatter are. I didn’t
    know any of them, but since I
    kinda know about you all, got to
    tell all the vacationing friends
    from Florida about the gang…Ken

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    Edwin Ammons
    November 8, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    I reckon this is the story of my life. I had two dozen correct answers to riddle number two but none of them were the right one.
    I hope you appreciated my candor in my earlier comment. I would really love to see a video in which I can hear your daughters’ voices and their instruments over the adults’ instruments. If it ain’t none of my business, tell me and I’ll shut up.
    And yeah, I noticed the “Wilson Eyes” a long time ago. Them’s “Pap Wilson Eyes”

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    susie swanson
    November 8, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Awww, this is awesome. I never get tired of hearing your family sing.. Ya’ll do such a great job. So much talent in one family. Thanks for the answers to the riddles.. Gonna keep them in mind for sure..

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    Jim Casada
    November 8, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Tipper–Just the tonic I needed after about eight hours of the worst kind of drudgery for someone who writes–proofreading. The “show” sure did pick me up. I also noticed, to a greater degree than ever before, what I reckon might at sometime or other have been called Wilson eyes. There are lyrics to a country song running around the edges of my feeble mind about eyes being “Wilson blue” (something about a wayward wanderer, possibly dying, learning he has a child with eyes that are Wilson blue) although I could have the family name wrong. At any rate, Paul has the same deep, shiny chinquapin eyes as you and the twins. Hence, I’m going to call them Wilson eyes. Has anyone else noticed this? I bet ever observant Miss Cindy has.
    Jim Casada

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    B. ruth
    November 8, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    I loved the music. I am so glad you posted your performance at the Union county courthouse. The sound and film was wonderfully done by Ridgeline TV as well.
    Maybe I can figure out a way to save it without having to pull up this post every time.
    Thanks again Tipper,

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    lynn legge
    November 8, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    tipper as always the music of your mountains… fill my heart and soul.. the girls voices are so pure and angelic… and way back in the hills is one of my very favorites.. so it was a treat to see it done live.
    thank you for sharing… and allowing us to be part of your music.. i am blessed to have met you 🙂
    sending big hugs and lots of love

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    November 8, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    So much talent in one family. Loved the video. Ya’ll are as good if not better than some of the pros out of Nashville. Enjoyed the riddles too.

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    November 8, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    That brings back some wonderful
    memories and being with friends
    who brought tears to many eyes
    that evening. Ridgeline TV gave
    us a close-up view of The Blind
    Pig Gang family as they performed
    those Gospel Bluegrass Songs that
    touch our hearts in a good way.
    Thank You All…Ken

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    Will Dixon
    November 8, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    I really enjoyed viewing all three sequences of the show. You have a wonderful family, you can feel the warmth you all have for each other. I hope to enjoy much more of your music in the coming years!

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    November 8, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Hi Tipper,Another Blessing,Thank you all!I’ve reading and needing the Blessings from the Prayer of Jabez in 1 Chronicles 4:10.Thank you all for being part of the Blessing!Are you all going to be selling the DVDs? GOD Bless. Jean

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    Uncle Al
    November 8, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Amen Dolores! Great songs, as always.

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    dolores barton
    November 8, 2012 at 11:04 am

    This was truly wonderful; I feel so energized and ready to work. All of you deserve accoulades for a job well done. I loved every minute!

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    November 8, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Loved it Tipper.
    Remember to thank a Veteran on the 11th on Nov.
    And today remember the 8th of Nov 1965. Operation Hump – 173 Airborne
    “Greater love hath no man than to Lay Down his Life for his brother”
    Jesus died for our sins,
    and American soldiers Died
    for our FREEDOM

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    Garland Davis
    November 8, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Great Music. The girl’s voices rival Allison Krause and Grace Potter. Love to listen to them sing.
    PS: Almost finished reading “It’s Not My Mountain Anymore”. Although I didn’t grow up in the mountains of NC, but in the Piedmont area, it seems that our childhoods were eerily similar. Please remove my name from the book giveaway. Highly recommend the book.

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    Bob Aufdemberge
    November 8, 2012 at 9:36 am

    I’ve known quite a few people who fit the answer to the riddle as well as a nail does.

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    Miss Cindy
    November 8, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Tipper, you guys did great! Those girls really make a grandmother proud.
    It was so nice that Paul read the post all the way from Argentina.
    I’m so proud of all of you and your beautiful music.

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    Ron Banks
    November 8, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Tipper, I enjoyed the music very much. You all are a very talented family. I’m sure you must have a lovely voice as well but I have never heard you sing. I wish I could have heard you all live as I’m sure it would have been even better. Thanks once again for sharing!

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    November 8, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Pickin’ and singin’ at it’s best! Wish I could have been there.

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    Bill Burnett
    November 8, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Great Job! Tell Paul that if he’s not a mandolin player he sure does a good impersonation of one.

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    Sue Crane
    November 8, 2012 at 8:54 am

    I finally got to a concert (albeit virtually)! What a great way to start a morning. My goal is attend one in person! And I have to buy the It’s Not My Mountain Anymore book — the excerpts are wonderful. Thanks again and blessings for all the delights you bring us day in and day out.

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    November 8, 2012 at 8:51 am

    This was great!

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    Ron Perry, Sr.
    November 8, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Wonderful music. Your daughter’s voices are pure as mountain air. Encourage them to get a bit closer to the mike. I watched all 3 segments and loved it. You did great as did the men.

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    November 8, 2012 at 8:50 am

    I really enjoyed the video…it’s more fun for me to watch and listen, than to just listen…puts faces (and fingers) to those voices and that fancy pickin’! 🙂

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    November 8, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Enjoyed it all over again!! 🙂

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    Basel Hildreth
    November 8, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Thank you very much for the link to the Ridgeline tv program. It was great and I enjoyed every minute of it. Please keep up the good work.
    Basel Hildreth
    A Loyal Blindpig fan.

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    Edwin Ammons
    November 8, 2012 at 8:20 am

    I loved watching your TV show although my old pc spits and sputters terribly. The one thing I didn’t like was that those girl twins didn’t take the microphones. I would like to see the same thing with them center stage and center sound and the rest of the gang following them. They are your future, you know!

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    November 8, 2012 at 8:14 am

    I don’t know how to make this computer act right sometimes but, this probably is the first time I have been able to get it to work. Until now it has been like trying to hear with weak batteries in your hearing aid . Well, this morning I tuned this thing up like a hot rod 57′ Chevy! I could hear and see that Ridgeline TV Show perfectly. It was great! You people are my kind of folks.

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    November 8, 2012 at 7:58 am

    Am watching/listening now. Really enjoy the muisic from your group. There are several songs I have been inspired to learn from your music player…although I can’t perform as well as your renditions.

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    November 8, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Loved the video. Your music proved a blessing to my morning and put a big smile on my face. Thank you for sharing. Good to see your daughters carry on the family musical tradition.

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    Sheila Bergeron
    November 8, 2012 at 7:51 am

    It’s early for me, but I watched it.I’ve never heard ya’ll play so well–so sweet and pure like angel’s almost.

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    Tim Mc
    November 8, 2012 at 6:52 am

    That was fantastic, your family is so “Blessed”. I really enjoyed it.. mighty fine fiddle playing to.. 🙂

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    Sheryl Paul
    November 8, 2012 at 6:03 am

    I have to wait until this afternoon to watch, can’t wait.

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