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December 29, 2013


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With the clogging and now the singing, you and your family must be very proud of your daughters. They are certainly talented and I hope they expand on their talents as they grow older and pass their music and dance abilities onto their children. Are they also as gifted in writing as you are, Tipper?

Chilly, but well done! I am thinking that Granny made those charming hats. I loved them; lucky girls they are.
The song was beautiful and worth their efforts.

and Don...guess you got it right about the noise...and the cold! I understand that noise...
We got back about an hour or so ago from our granddaughters holiday traveling basketball tournament. I sure didn't see any noisy motorcycles on the this cold day on the Interstate whizzing around! We went from I-40 over to Clinton Hwy...nary a one that I remember!
Doggone, the girls lost by one point...23 to 22...after beating ever team (one team didn't even score a point) up until today! This is a very young traveling team and her first year playing on the team...Their regular team (season) resumes after school starts! Always next year I told my granddaughter and she played good!

I guess that Vinca Minor was just hiding from me in plain site...I was more interested in the big tree that looked like it had a scar and what looked like a piece of leftover "bobbed ware"...
I don't supposed being blind and old counts in this here
"guessament contest"?
Thanks Tipper,
PS...Just wanted to check in and see what the "old homestead" clue was...and brag a bit about how my granddaughters team played!

b. Ruth,
I agree with Tipper on the choice of the time of year. In warm weather, the vehicle noise in that area would make it very unlikely to get a song finished without excessive background noise. I've heard motorcycles from the top of Hughes Ridge, literally 5 miles as the crow flies, in that very area. The church is only 125 yards away from US 441.

The home site indicator that I see in the photo is periwinkle. You can see it poking through the leaves in the foreground area around Tipper and Chatter.

Bradley, the current church is shingled. A photo in a special collection at the Univ. of Tennessee shows what appears to me to be the current church structure (with the steeple missing) with wood shingles which had clearly been recently installed (roof supports used by the roofers were still in place). The back of that photo states that the photo was taken in 1906 and that the steeple was added in 1918.

The Park Service sign at the church, as well as the national historic register documentation, submitted by a Park Service historian in 1975, indicates the existing church building dates to 1912. The national historic register entry indicates that it had a metal roof in 1975 (I should be able to remember if that is right or not, but I don't).

One would think that national historic register and Park Service information would be reliable, but another national historic register site in Swain County - the Hall Cabin, submitted by the same Park Service historian, states that the Hall Cabin was "erected by a man named Hall in 1910." The cabin was at the Jesse Craten Hall homesite. The 1910 date is problematic, since Crate Hall died in 1903. So I'm not at all sure that I'd put full faith in the Park Service on the church dating.

B-I said the same thing about going when its cold LOL! But if we went in the summer months thered be much more people visiting at the same time-and MUCH louder traffic going by on the road as people went to and fro sight seeing : )

Blind Pig The Acorn
Celebrating and Preserving the
Culture of Appalachia

Thank you so much for sharing this experience and including us! You girls are just the sweetest.

Whirred them Chitter and Chatter girls git to?
The cowboy boots are to conceal the fact that mountain people have one leg longer than the other. We have evolved that trait to help us walk around the mountainside. It works real good except we have to go all the way around to get back where we started. To get to the top we have to go round and round gaining a little elevation every time. Kinda like a cork screw. That might have been the derivation of the expression "screwed up"

One of the best songs yet by these two beautiful girls.
Thank you.

No wonder you're so proud of your
girls! Looks like you got another
Song Writer like Pap...I bet he's
so Proud! Until I read Cindy's
comment I didn't know Corie wrote
it. Nice blog today...Ken

Katie and Corie....Thank you for the beautiful song. Well done, girls...
I was freezing while looking at all the pictures. I wonder why you folks pick a cold day to sing in an old restored church? I know it has "great acoustics"...but if I was singing and it that cold, the "vibrato" would be so exaggerated that you would not be able to understand the words...
Of course, (remember the devil made me say this), it would be a cold day before I could ever roll up that hill and sing in an antique church!
Thanks Tipper and girls...
and Don and Sandra...the pictures are wonderful...
PS...I think I have missed something but I think I see an old rusty wire coming out of that large tree to the left...that would be a sure sign of an old homeplace (made do fence post), we have a couple around here...other than what I thought I saw in the background, some boxwood!

What can I Say? So blown away AGAIN by the talent of the BP Gang! The Pressley Girls are amazing and the new song is just beautiful. Such a great way to start our Sunday!

Beautiful! Thank you!!

Even with a migraine going on inside my head, that was a great day for the Casada couple. The church was chilly, but there was a warm spirit, thanks to Corie and Katie. The melody of Corie's song is haunting, and the words are mindful of those of Pap.

I've got to share a photo that I snapped while we were eating lunch near what had once been the home place of Charlie Conner, for whom Charlies Bunion is named. During most of the lunch, there was a lively banter (which is usually the case when the girls are around), but I caught this during a lull.


I bet that one of the Blindpig readers might be able to spot something in the photo which indicates that this was once a home place.

Nicely performed song.

I've noticed the boots before - seems you mentioned once before that one girl is particularly fond of them - but when did cowboy boots come to Appalachia?

Beautiful, so nicely choreographed with a wonderful historical setting. :-)

That fiddle has a good sound! The song was great.

That old church looks like it might have a tin roof. If it does, can't help but think of how great it would be to sleep there some night during a thunderstorm in Summer when it is warm. I can just hear the cicadas and see the fire flies in the distance and then later, the flicker of lightning in the distance while the storm approached. Strange what thoughts can come to mind.

Tipper: Those PRESSLEY GIRLS Are sounding mighty smooth and looking mighty beautiful - even in the chilly Lufty Church. Maybe someday soon I will visit that Church! Thanks for a wonderful post on a bright but cold day in Tennessee!

Eva Nell


It is such a beautiful church, worth visiting over and over what memories it must hold.

That's a beautiful song that Corie wrote, and it's perfect for the acoustics in the church.
The girls may still have some sillieness in them but their music is certainly maturing beautifully!

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