The Delmore Brothers


Paul and Pap’s repertoire includes many songs written by the The Delmore Brothers. The Brothers are among Pap’s all time favorite groups. He enjoys their playing and singing-but as a songwriter himself-he is totally blown away by their song writing skills.

The Delmore Brothers were farm boys from Alabama. Their heyday was in the 1930s and 40s but their songs are still popular today-especially in bluegrass/old time circles.

The Brothers played radio shows, were members of the Grand Ole Opry, and were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Even though I’ve been familiar with The Delmore Brothers my entire life-as I began to research their songs-I was amazed at how many famous standards they wrote.

To name a few: Blow Your Whistle, Freight Train Boogie, Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar. Others include Browns Ferry Blues, Midnight Special, Southern Moon Shine Down Again, When It’s Time For The Whipporwill,  I Won’t Be Worried Long, Sandmountain Blues, She Left Me Standing On The Mountain, Happy On The Mississippi Shore, Put Me On The Trail To Carolina, I’ve Got The Big River Blues, and tons more!

For this week’s Pickin’ & Grinnin’ In The Kitchen-John Delmore, a great nephew of the brothers, requested Pap and Paul do Weary Lonesome Blues written by The Delmore Brothers.

Hope you enjoyed The Delmore Brother’s song. Are you familiar with any of the other ones I mentioned? Or have you had the “Weary Lonesome Blues” lately? I’ve been blue about the gas prices in my area jumping up over a dollar a gallon due to IKE-that is if you can find any gas to buy!


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    September 19, 2008 at 2:46 am

    I don’t know if I recognize any of these songs. But I do find it interesting to learn about people like this.

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    Miss Cindy
    September 17, 2008 at 9:03 am

    Tipper your are just a wonder, where do you get all your information!
    The guys are great as usual and I don’t even want to talk about the gas. I am so disgusted with the whole mess!!
    However, I will make one comment. The gas situation is just one of many things that are waaayy out of control in this country! There, I’ve said it!

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    September 16, 2008 at 2:12 am

    always love the Pickin’ & Grinnin’ In The Kitchen! thanks for making me smile.

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    September 15, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    Great song~I so love their style!
    What talent the Delmore Brothers had to write so many great songs! Thanks for sharing those facts.
    I hear you on the gas prices. I’m staying at home a lot!

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    petra michelle
    September 15, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    Afternoon Tipper! I’ve just noticed: Paul and your father breathe and pick, synchronistically. *laughing* Is that the correct spelling? It’s like they are one in the same! Amazing, they are! My favorite Delmore Brothers; “Midnight Special.” A lovely tribute, Tipper!

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    Denise Levenick
    September 15, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    Thanks, Tipper, for the always-great music and stories. You’ve been given the “I Heart Your Blog” badge at The Family Curator.

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    September 15, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    Tipper, I always enjoy the music but to me the best part is the interaction between Paul and Pap.

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    September 15, 2008 at 11:38 am

    I loved the video! I could clog up a storm with that!
    Pap reminds me of my Dad when he played guitar.
    I’m not even gonna get started on the gas prices.

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    Fishing Guy
    September 15, 2008 at 10:09 am

    Tipper: I have enjoyed my visit toady. The ‘Midnight Special’ and ‘Southern Moon’ are the only ones I have heard.
    I think this gas gouging pricing is the result of a no fear attitude because of tie into oil from the top with the Pres. & VP. What a mess we have to live with. I hope people learn from what happens when the rich control the top of government.

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    The Texican
    September 15, 2008 at 7:03 am

    Hey Tipper cheer up. Just think of all those Saudi princes who are enjoying your hard earned money to buy more expensive toys. The Delmore’s song was well done. I always enjoy the pickin’ sessions. Pappy

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    September 14, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    A few of the songs you mentioned sound familiar, but I know for sure that I’ve heard I’ve Got The Big River Blues.
    Loved the video once again!

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    September 14, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    The local jr. college (Calhoun Community College) here has “the largest collections of Delmore Bro. memorabilia in existence”! Oh, snap!
    There were lines at our gas stations! Big rip off!

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    September 14, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    Dad listened to the Grand Ol’ Opry when I was a kid and remember some of these songs. The one I recollect the most is Midnight Special.
    Oh, the gas prices. We are paying about $6.00 a gallon here. We buy our gas in liters and it is $1.38 a liter today. There are 4.5 liters in a gallon. Why did Canada go metric? LOL
    We had line ups for gas last week as it was down to $1.26 per liter. That didn’t last long once Ike came into the picture. I hope you are feeling more cheerful. No sense getting blue about the gas, it is only going to get worse. It is a political scam.
    Take care, my friend and have a great week.

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    Dee from Tennessee
    September 14, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    Oh what pickin’!
    Love it.
    Despise the gasoline prices and troubles….and the anxiety I let invade my little mind over the future.
    Thanks for your blog!!

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    September 14, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    Loved the video!!!
    I am sending you another bar of soap. Everyone else has gotten a bar and I take it that you still haven’t. We must have a very clean postal worker somewhere.

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    Carolyn A.
    September 14, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    For being Weary Lonesome Blues, that tune has a kick to it. Sorta like a clogging beat. I enjoyed it so much. As always, the guys never fail to please either. That playing and those voices. *sigh*
    Even though I don’t drive, my sisters are feeling the pinch at the pump too. I just don’t understand why we’re having so many hurricanes this season. I know it’s hot and humid here today because Ike is blocking all the cool air from the North. xxoo

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    September 14, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    Enjoy this as always. I didn’t know any of the songs. But I’d be a bit irritated by the gas prices, too. I thought that was illegal after what happened with Katrina.

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    September 14, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    dont get me going about the gas rip off!!!!! i always enjoy your bits of history. friday was beautiful but yesterday and today, cloudy, wind and rain and cold.

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