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August 25, 2013


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Our internets been down for over a week,,and still down,, finally today got to visit the Pig, (we're on vacation).. I believe you cannot be from the country and not love Tom T Hall, He's got a song or a story that will touch just about everyone at one time or another, my wife's cousins banjo player for their Bluegrass band,, has recorded and played with Tom T.. really nice job on the song..

Tom T. was a big favorite in our family. As I grow older I really like and appreciate the detail he uses in all his songs. In Watermelon Wine, he is pouring blended whiskey down. That is a different person and visual than single malt or small batch bourbon drinkers. Each line tells us something and paints a picture. Great tribute and singing of Tom. T. Hall's song.

I've always loved that song -- being right fond of old dogs and children. Watermelon wine sounds nice but I've never seen any...

Your picture reminds me a lot of our pictures when we were growing up. Momma would line us up at Easter or Christmas and no matter how hard she tried one of us was always not looking at the camera. :)

Thanks for posting again Tom T. Hall's "Old Dogs and Children and Watermelon Wine." I enjoyed it when you first posted back in 2009, and equally as well this go-around! Paul plays and sings so easily and soulfully. Give him a special thanks from me! I guess I'm just a nostalgic-type person; I like most everything that is a reminder--the sad and the happy! Life is a variegated fabric of both and we need a mix to keep us realistic and on target! Thanks to all the Blind Pig Gang--and especially to one wonderful Tipper Pressley--for helping us to stay tuned to these finer nuances of Appalachian life!

What a treat.....Paul has me smiling this morning. Thank you!

Being from Kentucky, I am of course a big Tom T. Hall fan! As usual, Paul does a great job on this song and any song he sings. I too am a big fan of Paul and the whole BP gang! Thanks for sharing.

Tom T Hall is just about my favorite. I have most of his records and have added many cd's. I even have a cookbook autographed by Tom and his wife.

It just doesn't get any better than
this! I love Paul's singing, and I
think he's the BEST guitar man I
ever heard. He just knows how to
make one sound Good.

And this Watermelon Song of Tom T.
Hall's, I have that thing in my
favorites and watch the video of
him often. He's like another of my
favorite singers, Jim Reeves...Ken

Tipper:you are so right about everyone having a Clayton Delaney in their life. mine was my dad,born in proctor n.c.in 1907. he inspired all that i am. he has been gone now 29 years. he taught me how to survive ,and how to prevail. how i miss him . blessing's. k.o.h

Beautiful song. Paul does an excellent job on this. I've always loved Tom T. Hall. It's an honor for me to be able to listen to all of your family sing. It touches my heart so much..

Always liked Tom T. Hall.Just read that he has retired. Paul did a great job!

That was a great song and Paul did it justice. Tom T. Hall wrote so many great songs. OLD DOGS, AND CHILDREN AND WATERMELON WINE is one. My Personal favorite by him was I LOVE. You know, "Little baby ducks, little fuzzy pups". My Momma used to softly sing that song to my daughter when she was just a toddler. I've never forgotten that song or those two rocking in that chair.

As for OLD DOGS AND CHILDREN AND WATERMELON WINE, those last two lines in that song are so well written to me they sound like something out of a Hemingway novel.

"That night I dreamed in peaceful sleep of shady summertime,

Of old dogs and children and watermelon wine."

Thanks Tipper and Paul.

I too am a fan of Tom T.,I think everyone has a Clayton Delaney in their lives if they will think back and though I've never tried Watermelon Wine who can deny that Old Dogs and Children hold a special place in their lives. Tom T. has an ability to point out the obvious that most of us are to busy to notice and many of us appreciate him prodding us into realizing the many small things which helped make us the people we are.

Paul certainly does do a fine job of that song. Memories are a funny thing, there is no accounting for what sticks and what doesn't.

Oh my, bet Paul had to chase the girls away. Cool dude! And he sings and strums as well. Triple threat!

Love Tom T, he's comfort music to me. Course I love A J a whole lot too,

A great way to start my day! Thanks for a new song for my ears!

While I did not know the writers name I have always loved his songs. Paul as usual does a fantastic job!

Well Tipper, you finally touched on a mighty meaningful song and note with this Sunday morning read! I love the song, the vocalist, and your thoughts on losing a loved one were so meaningful. I still count each year since we lost our sweet Joey (Age 17 years and two days). This summer we had to cut down his last Christmas tree from 32 years ago. It was leaning and looking rough. But I will have another beautiful evergreen planted in it's place this September.

Eva Nell

This song is a splendid example of telling a tale in musical form--poignant, powerful, and chock full of simple wisdom.
Paul's rendition flows as smoothly as blended whiskey.
Jim Casada

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