Appalachia Music

The Gloryland Way

Grouse in NC

*Way– habit, road, course, route, system, track, method, walk, approach, technique, procedure, trail, path, progress.

There are many different “ways”. Some examples:

Chitter found the two little grouse above hiding out of the way.

on the way to make hay

         A local farmer on his way to the hay field.


                The straight and narrow way.


If you fall asleep while hunting, you may find yourself in a bad way.


    The wrong way.

Shining Rock Wilderness Haywood Co NC

                    Way up the mountain.


                Ruby Sue is always in the way.

And for this weeks Pickin & Grinnin In The Kitchen Spot: The Gloryland Way.

J.S. Torbett was born in 1868 and lived until 1940. Torbett was a singing school teacher for 35 years, and he wrote The Gloryland Way.


I hope you enjoyed the Pickin and the Grinnin. So what way are you in, on, or at?


Portions of this post were originally published here on the Blind Pig & The Acorn WAY back in June of 2008. 

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    b. Ruth
    September 23, 2018 at 9:43 am

    No way….I’d see these little Grouse in our woodland today…September 23, 2018 the first day of Fall…I haven’t seen one in a few years…I think the coyotes have gotten them all…I used to flush one every once in a while or just see them when coming up the drive way in the woodland…No Quail either…and I got such joy watching for them in the early Spring…taking their chicks for a walk on the edge of the woods…I didn’t even here a Bob White call this year…my heart is breaking for all our game birds here in this area..
    Back to the topic…I guess however sad, they are gone by the wayside….hope they have just gone to another larger woodland a ways….
    Thanks Tipper…loved this post and the pictures.

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    Kerry in GA
    July 15, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Back in the day when we had 2 piano players at church, I always liked to hear the organ played along with this song. It seemed to add another degree of pretty to it. As usual, great job. I don’t think yall ever hit a bad note.

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    July 14, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    To reply to Don’s comment, yep! Adding an “s” to “way” is something I grew up with in MA, and also something I heard folks say when I lived in CO. In fact, I hear it often in a sort of doubled-up use, such as, “We’d like to have gone to that fair last Saturday, but it’s such a long ways away!”

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    Rev. RB
    July 14, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    I’m on my way to get a fudgesicle. LOL
    God bless.

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    Susie Swanson
    July 14, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    I also wanted to add that I enjoyed the song. I love your family’s music and it brings back alot of memories from way back.

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    Susie Swanson
    July 14, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Hi Tipper, I’m way out of touch. Hope you will forgive me. It has been a busy summer. I’ve probably used way in each one of these. Don’t know how else to

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    July 14, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Don, we also use way and ways here in Iowa. You go on up the road a ways or we had to go a long ways out of our way to get there. Funny how one thinks some of these are regional and they are not.

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    July 14, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Hi Tipper,sure enjoyed the music.How about The Way,Acts 9:2 God Bless.Jean

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    SS in the Blue Ridge
    July 14, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Mark Simos wrote a tune called Way Cool, after someone said it in a jam, way back when I knew him, way too many years ago. there are many ways to play it. sometimes the easy way is best, no two ways about that. By the way, Although I know little about the ways of genius fiddlers, this post is, in some small way, a tribute to him and others like him that I have met along the way. I have a ways to go until I can play like that. Another beautiful tune called Ways of the World still seems way beyond me.

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    July 14, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Enjoyed the photos and the music
    today! Thank you

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    July 14, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Hey, by the way, I like all the different ways to use way. Of course, there is another way to spell this word and it is weigh. Humm! I think we have a couple of homonyms. Good lesson for today! Happy Sunday!

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    July 14, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    It might be a little ways back, but
    Paul, Pap and the boys still sound

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    Ron Banks
    July 14, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    How about she’s in the way, as in pregnant.

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    Sue Crane
    July 14, 2013 at 11:37 am

    how about I’m way too busy……(NOT – but I should be)
    Loved the music, as per usual 🙂

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    Gina S
    July 14, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Hearing the song was a great way to begin my online day. Going to be awhile til I get all the ways I use the word ‘way’ out of my head. I recall as a teenager listening to a Charlotte radio station with the name BIG WAYS. Government has ways and means committees. I’ve been way late, waylaid, sometimes way out of line, had my head way up in the clouds…..

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    July 14, 2013 at 9:53 am

    It’s funny how this post made me think about how Mom and her family used the word. I don’t recall ever hearing them say ‘pregnant’. They always said, “I can’t believe she’s thata way again.”
    Don, I grew up a right smart ways from NC, but still talk the same way youins do.

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    Bob & Inez Jones
    July 14, 2013 at 8:31 am

    The music put me in a happy way and we will soon be on our way to church. Hope you can find a way to have a wonderful day!

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    Tim Mc
    July 14, 2013 at 8:07 am

    I’m on my way to Church.. Good job on the music as always.. such a talented family..

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    Bill Burnett
    July 14, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Great job, as usual on a great song.

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    July 14, 2013 at 7:59 am

    Loved hearing “I’m in the Gloryland Way” by Pap, Paul and the others! Way to go! And I mean more than the music and the title of the song by this statement!

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    July 14, 2013 at 7:59 am

    Kat-I’m sorry! Sometimes Facebook does that to me too! If you haven’t already-you could try pasting the link to the video onto your facebook page-as a status instead of using the share button. If you want to try it here is the link: that will work-or the glitch will work itself out before next time : )
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    Culture of Appalachia

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    Carol Stuart
    July 14, 2013 at 7:58 am

    In no way is she like her mother! or He has a way with dogs. or What he said was out of the way. He had his way with her!!!!! Oh no.

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    Don Casada
    July 14, 2013 at 7:52 am

    Something that we do here in the mountains which seems to me to be unique is to use ways instead of way, especially when modified by an adjective denoting extent.
    “Don’t quit on me now – it’s just a little ways on up to the top.”
    “I turned down the wrong holler off that ridge and came out a long ways from where I meant to.”
    It would be interesting to see if some folks who aren’t from over our way do the same thing.

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    Miss Cindy
    July 14, 2013 at 7:40 am

    No way, it would never rain this many days in a row! ….Way!
    The boys are looking younger.

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    July 14, 2013 at 7:28 am

    Loved the song and post but it put me in a bad way when i tried to post it to my fbk. page from u tube. A message came up saying that flash objects must have the source and pictures attributs. Don’t know what that means but popped up again when i tried it on some other of your videos.

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    Sheryl Paul
    July 14, 2013 at 7:10 am

    The way less traveled
    Love the music.

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