Appalachia Music

Until Then


LC and Frankie Chastain

A big THANK YOU to everyone who came out to the Martins Creek Community Center Jamboree yesterday. Chitter summed it up for me and her both when she said “My this has been a good day.”

The community center dedicates each year’s Jamboree to a well deserving community member-this year it was LC Chastain. If you’ve been reading the Blind Pig from the beginning you probably remember hearing his name once or twice. LC left us earlier this year. He was one of Pap’s closest friends.

As we were nearing the end of our set the gentleman managing the Jamboree stepped on the stage and asked Pap if he’d say a word or two about LC. Pap told him he would but someone else would probably do a better job. The gentleman said “I don’t think so will you do it?” Pap said “Yes of course I owe him that don’t I?”

Pap told the audience what a good friend LC had been to him. He mentioned the years him and LC drove trucks up the east coast together (I’ve heard those stories all my life-like the time LC pulled his own tooth with nothing more than listerine to numb it!). Pap told how LC had always been a friend to the community. LC was always raising money to help out those who found themselves in need.

Pap said he missed LC yet he had great hope that he would see his friend again. Then Pap dedicated one of my all time favorite songs that he and Paul sing-Until Then-to LC.

Until Then written by Stuart Hamblin

My heart can sing when I pause to remember
A heartache here is but a stepping stone
Along the way that’s climbing always upward
This troubled world is not my final home

But Until then my heart will go on singing
Until then with joy I’ll carry on
Until the day my eyes behold that city
Until the day God calls me home

And the things of Earth they’ll dim and lose their value
If we recall there only borrowed for a while
And the things down here that cause our hearts to tremble
Recalled up there will only bring a smile

But Until then my heart will go on singing
Until then with joy I’ll carry on
Until the day my eyes behold that city
Until the day God calls me home

I hope you enjoyed the song! Drop back by over the next few days for a series of guestposts written by Ethelene Dyer Jones about patriots from the Revolutionary War.


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    betty stephenson
    October 13, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    love that song thanks for sharing it with us

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    June 30, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Beautiful song and what glorious singers & musicians! LC and Frankie are two special loving people. LC is truly missed.

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    Ed Ammons
    June 29, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    Déjà vu is what they call it. Ain’t this happened before. Did you ever feature this song before? Didn’t I say that the sentence “And the things down here that cause our hearts to tremble, recalled up there will only bring a smile” describes why I am still here? That this is my only hope? That all my daily struggles are only a backdrop? Something to compare to? That we have to know the worst to appreciate the best?
    Tell Paul and Pap what a great job they did (and you too, the bass is always the heartbeat.) I will probably never get to see all of you in person in this phase of life but there is more. So, Until Then, go on singing and making other people’s lives a little more bearable!

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    June 29, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Lovely song, especially meaningful and encouraging words.
    God bless.

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    José Luis
    June 29, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    What a beautiful song, as I would have liked to be there to hear personally.
    Great affection for the whole family, from Buenos Aires, José Luis.
    (I hope you had heard there, my Bravo! After each song.)

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    Annette Casada Hensley
    June 29, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    As brother Don mentioned, Until Then is my favorite of the Blind Pig Gang’s songs. Additionally, I’ve expressed my wishes for it to be sung at my memorial service when I pass on because it truly expresses my philosophy! I absolutely love how Pap and Paul sing it but I’ve gone ahead and ordered the sheet music for it. Wish I could have been around for one of the recent performances. Unfortunately for me, Michigan is a long way from my true home in the Smokies so I’ll just have to settle for listening to the songs on your blog!

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    June 29, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    We so enjoyed our day at Wilson creek. Visiting with your Daddy, brothers, sister in law, and cousins. I saw tears when your pappy sang, it was a great tribute. Hope to see you again this week.

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    Miss Cindy
    June 29, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Congratulations to Darlene!!
    The song is beautiful, as always. I’ve heard you and the Deer Hunter mention LC, I’m sure no one could have done a better tribute to LC than Pap.

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    June 29, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Congratulations Darlene, you will love the cd! It is one of our favorites. Of course, we LOVE ALL of the BP music! Another great performance by Pap and Paul.

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    Ken Roper
    June 29, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    “Until Then” is one of my favorite songs
    you all do, cause Paul and Pap can make those lumps appear in your throat.
    I planned to go to Martin’s Creek but
    woke up feeling puney all day…Ken

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    kenneth o. hoffman
    June 29, 2014 at 11:15 am

    tipper: i hope one day we can get back there and hear some of your music live. nice the tribute to L.C. i did a fool thing once in pulling my own tooth. i went into the bathroom ,set down with a pair of pliers and got a good hold,and yanked .it came out halfway,slipped off .there was blood everywhere. my cousin came in and though i had cut my wrists . i after about awhile got it out and stopped the flow. crazy. regards to all k.o.h

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    Susie Swanson
    June 29, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Awesome song and sung so beautifully. it brought tears to my eyes tipper. My sister went and she said it was a huge success and she told me about the beautiful Tribute ya’ll did for L.C. and Frankie. She said Frankie cried the whole time your pap and Paul was singing it. God bless you all for the awesome job ya’ll do.

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    Darlene Debty Kimsey
    June 29, 2014 at 9:28 am

    What a great tribute to L.C. It brought tears to my eyes.
    I remember the story well about L.C. pulling that tooth.
    I will send you my address for the cd.
    Thank you so very much! It will be one of my treasure 🙂

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    Don Casada
    June 29, 2014 at 9:04 am

    I meant to mention that some of the tale-telling was with descendants of Sam Hunnicutt and his wife (and Granny’s kin), Leah Truett.

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    Don Casada
    June 29, 2014 at 8:47 am

    You won’t believe this, but a couple of days ago, my sister sent Jim and me a note asking if we had favorite BlindPig songs (my list was long). She went on to say that “Until Then” was her absolute favorite.
    Glad to hear that you all had “a good day” at Martins Creek. We had a good day at Deep Creek, telling and hearing tales and working on trails.

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    Nina Chastain
    June 29, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Thanks to you all for the wonderful singing . We always enjoy it so much . Thanks to Jerry for his heart-felt comments about L.C.; and the song he and Paul sang ( Until Then ) was so fitting . Thanks for posting .

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    June 29, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Lovely song – I hadn’t heard that one but “Until Then” sounds like one of those that should always be playing in the back of a person’s mind.

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    June 29, 2014 at 7:52 am

    It’s hard when we lose someone special in our lives. It is also great when we remember the good things about someone and keep those fond memories in our heart.

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    Sheryl Paul
    June 29, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Very nice, as we get older losing friends seems to come to us more often

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    June 29, 2014 at 7:24 am

    Very good job on the song,, losing friends and love ones seem to get more numerous each year, as we all grow older,, I see so many out doing the health thing like jogging and exercising, (not to say it’s not good for you) but preparing to live before you prepare to die is a waste, and so many are now days,, those that prepared to die, we will see again, those that didn’t,, Well their just a memory now…

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    June 29, 2014 at 7:19 am

    I’m glad the Jamboree turned out well on June 28, 2014. What a nice tribute to L. C. Chastain! And I loved getting the words and hearing the C. D. of “Until Then.” It always makes me sad and nostalgic, but also happy, to hear it. Ask how all these emotions can work at the same time? Well, we in Appalachia know how they work! We can be happy, sad, and full of anticipation all at the same time!

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