Tennessee Flat Top Box

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I’ve always liked Johnny Cash’s song “Tennessee Flat Top Box,” but the version I’m most familiar with is the one from his daughter Rosanne.

According to Wikipedia Johnny Cash released “Tennessee Flat Top Box” in 1961. The song made it all the way to number eleven on the Billboard Country Singles Charts.

When Rosanne released her version of the song in 1987 it made it all the way to number one.

Over the years Chatter has played around with the song, but never quite managed to get it down good enough to please herself.

Back in January she finally felt like she’d mastered the song enough to record it in a video. Uncle Paul helped her out by playing along.

I hope you enjoyed Chitter’s cover of “Tennessee Flat Top Box” as much as I do. Being a child of the 80s and a fan of Rosanne Cash every time Chitter plays it I can close my eyes and instantly be a teenager again.


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    Dona DiBernardo Silver
    April 16, 2021 at 8:11 am

    Tipper you’re daughters are very talented. I think this was a terrific video. I love Johnny Cash and this happens to be one of my favorite songs performed by him

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    Walter Holokai
    April 11, 2021 at 8:04 pm

    Nice job on Tennessee Flat Top Box. Thanks!

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    April 11, 2021 at 5:54 pm

    Loved that tune …you both did great gonna listen again ☺️

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    bertie hooker
    April 11, 2021 at 4:21 pm

    I think she did a very good job.!!!

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    Kenneth Ryan
    April 11, 2021 at 12:56 pm

    Great job on the song, Chatter!

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    April 11, 2021 at 12:20 pm

    Love Johnny Cash. This is perfection.

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    April 11, 2021 at 11:08 am

    I’ve never heard this one before, but when I heard the guitar playing, I knew it was a Johnny Cash song. He had a certain style of guitar playing. Good job, Chatter and Paul.

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    Ray Presley
    April 11, 2021 at 10:33 am

    I agree with Tipper. It’s not the music alone that we listen to late and still enjoy. It’s the looks that pass among the players. One of the girls might wiggle her nose or Pap might frown when someone gets slightly out of key. I remember my Mother recording a song on her dulcimer and saying at the end of it: Well, I finally got through a song without that old dog barking.”

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    Ray Presley
    April 11, 2021 at 10:22 am

    Thanks again to Chatter, Chitter, Uncle Paul and Mom who never fail to totally entertain us. One thing I’ve always liked about Johnny Cash’s music, whether he’s playing it or whether his daughter and others are playing it, is that it’s simple and pure. He and his band weren’t known for their fancy guitar playing, but they sure made up for it with simple music that still resonates among us.

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    Don Byers
    April 11, 2021 at 8:54 am

    I was a big Johnny Cash fan when his version came out…still am..good job here!

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    Margie G
    April 11, 2021 at 8:45 am

    Roseanne or the Man in Black would be very proud of Chatter’s version of TN Flat Top Box! She and Paul did a fine job on this song!!! I really enjoyed it and found the old feet tapping. Thanks, Miss Chatter and Paul! It was much enjoyed!!!

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    April 11, 2021 at 8:24 am

    She mastered it this time!

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    April 11, 2021 at 8:17 am

    Well, I’m confused…

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    Buz Salmon
    April 11, 2021 at 8:10 am

    Tipper thank you for sharing these precious musical memories and talent of your girls!

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      Larry Paul Eddings
      April 11, 2021 at 9:40 am

      Yeah, I think that she’s got that one down.

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    Ron Stephens
    April 11, 2021 at 8:04 am

    Gee, you did a swell job Corey! You made me smile just watching your fancy finger work and hearing that catchy tune. No wonder you had to work at getting it down just right. But you did!

    My stubby-fingered farmer’s hands would probably have a time trying to play a guitar. I’m guessing there probably is a simple test, like seeing if your thumb and index finger can meet around the neck to know if it is going to be especially hard.

    And yes, music is a time machine. It seems especially persistent in memory, even though we may not think we have a memory of it – until we hear it again. We never even had a TV or radio at our house growing up. Yet somehow I have memories of songs all the way back to the late 50’s. Where, when and how I got’em I just don’t know. One day at the eye doctor I was reciting the words “It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to.” The nurse, about my age, said, ” You’re really showing your age now. ” But I was tricking her. I said, “I wondered if you were going to say anything.”

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      April 11, 2021 at 1:49 pm

      Agree, Ron! ❗️

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    Cindy Pressley
    April 11, 2021 at 7:35 am

    Good job Chatter! You’ve got it down right, in your sweet voice!

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    Betty Jo Eason Benedict
    April 11, 2021 at 7:23 am

    A long time favorite of mine…….well done!

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    Gayle Larson
    April 11, 2021 at 7:08 am

    Good job Chitter.

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    Sue W.
    April 11, 2021 at 6:22 am

    The country radio station that we listened to in FL useta play Johnny’s version and Roseanne’s version back to back sometimes. I LOVED it when they would!
    Chatter’s version is very nice. She has a beautiful voice.

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