Appalachia Appalachian Dialect

The Biggest Time

We had the biggest time

Over the weekend the girls had the biggest time! They performed for a large crowd at the Anderson Music Hall on the Georgia Mountain Fair Grounds.

Checking sound at ga mtn


There was an early 8:00 a.m. sound check-it made the girls feel like they were professionals…and it made them a little nervous-the place was already filling up!

Ga mtn fair


The whole Blind Pig gang was there-even Granny went.

The pressley girls hanging in the green room


Pap and Granny went to find a seat in the crowd while the rest of us hung out backstage. Paul joked with the girls telling them maybe Merle Haggard had set on the couches before-since he’s played at the venue. I said “How about Del McCoury, The Nashville Bluegrass Band-Chitter Stuart Duncan!!” (Chitter’s favorite fiddle player is Stuart Duncan)

The pressley girls play at ga mtn


There was Byron-the nicest professional photographer ever! He wanted to shoot the girls by the historic “Stage Door” and he was kind enough to snap a few shots of the girls pretending to take the stage through the black curtains.

The pressley girls had the biggest time


The girls had the biggest time!

  • biggest time: much fun, enjoyment.


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  • Reply
    September 18, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    oh I hope I get to see the girls perform someday! Now that would be a big time for me. That is an expression my dad and mom used a lot and me too!

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    Jane Bolden
    September 18, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    I know you are so proud of the girls and a big time was held by all.

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    Ken Roper
    September 18, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Those Pressley Girls are a real
    Treasure from our mountains. I have always been impressed with them as little things, but now it looks like they’re getting more recognition…yea.
    I heard Paul on our local radio
    station earlier today. He and some lady was promoting a venue
    from Martin’s Creek. He is the
    Principle at that school and I
    know some parents who speak nice
    of him…Ken

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    Ed Ammons
    September 18, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Here is another good one. It has some talking at the beginning too.

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    Ed Ammons
    September 18, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Here is a youtube video I started watching when I first found out Chitter was learning to play the fiddle. I’ll bet she has seen it aready (yes, aready) but just in case. The music doesn’t start ’til about the 3:30 mark but the first part is interesting too. Pap and Paul play this same song. That’s how I found this video, looking for the lyrics.

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    Ed Ammons
    September 18, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Stuart Duncan, huh? I had hoped she would! He is starting to show a little age now, so who says his replacement can’t be a girl.
    I noticed some new curly locks happening on Miss Chatter. Looooking Gooood!
    Then there’s Granny with a cell phone. I don’t have a cell phone. Should I have a cell phone? I had a cell phone once. I never got a call and the only two times I needed it, it couldn’t get a signal. It now dwells among the cups with golden arches and broken window blinds in the Burke County landfill.
    Speaking of which, exactly when did the Dump stop being a place to search for errant treasures, and become a Landfill with guards and a Homeland Security clearance required to enter?

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    José Luis
    September 18, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Hi Tipper
    These two girls are already two beautiful ladies, and also sing very well, surely I had been sitting with Pap, seeing as they made ​​their presentation, I regret that we are a bit far.
    We also were playing your music, down here, in Argentina.
    If you and your readers promise not to laugh much, I invite you to see on Youtube “Joy Riverbank’s Bluegrass Band – Red River Valley” and “Joy Riverbank’s Bluegrass Band – Ragtime Annie.”
    We act on Saturday September 13 in a “Sports Aid Society 9 of Julio” in Florida, Buenos Aires Province.
    Hope you enjoy as we prepare the atmosphere on stage and as we sing.
    Best regards to you, Tipper, and all your Family and Friends of Appalachia.
    (My granddaughter Mercedes (11), and Grandpa JL, proud, hahaha !, with banjo).

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    Ken Ryan
    September 18, 2014 at 10:50 am

    I’m proud of your girls. It’s great to see young folks still interested in playing our kind of music. Hope to get to see them perform some day.

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    eva nell wike, PhD
    September 18, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Tipper: Those beautiful girls HAVE ONLY JUST BEGUN! Wish we could have been there for their performance. Just let me know when their BIG TIME IN NASHVILLE is coming up and I will there.
    Fondly, Eva Nell

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    Teresa Atkinson
    September 18, 2014 at 9:48 am

    How awesome – wish we could have been there – missing you.

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    September 18, 2014 at 9:46 am

    New vocabulary word for me! The girls look wonderful and, gosh, they look like they have really grown up since entering college. God bless!

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    September 18, 2014 at 9:36 am

    I’m waiting to hear about the girls hitting the big time, not just having the biggest time.

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    September 18, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Very cool!

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    Sue Simmons
    September 18, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Tipper your girls are beautiful young ladies.One of these days they will be singing on television. BULLY FOR THEM !

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    Darlene Debty Kimsey
    September 18, 2014 at 8:25 am

    I have always loved that expression.

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    Mike McLain
    September 18, 2014 at 8:18 am

    Just saw Stuart Duncan playing along with Noam Pikelny on banjo in Brevard, NC. Stuart Duncan is not only a great fiddler, but he has a great singing voice, too!

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    Miss Cindy
    September 18, 2014 at 8:07 am

    Yep, a big time indeed!

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    Jim Casada
    September 18, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Tipper–Bully for them, and I’m sure it was a grand day for all the Blind Pig gang as the rapidly developing piglets strutted their stuff.
    It is good that they can find such outlets for youthful enthusiasm and talent even as they move into those halcyon days of college life. I’ve already told them, but I’ll share it with your readers as well. Though there is no way they can realize it now, they are living what are sure to be some of the greatest days of their lives.
    Jim Casada

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    September 18, 2014 at 7:39 am

    Glad yall had a “big time”. Hope I’ll be able to see a performance someday!!

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    September 18, 2014 at 7:35 am

    Wow, that looks like a huge arena! Congratulations to Chatter and Chitter! How nice that the family could be there to share the whole experience.

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    Sheryl Paul
    September 18, 2014 at 7:21 am

    How wonderful for the girls! My gramma used to say biggest time.

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