Country Music Hall of Fame: 1970
Performer: The Carter Family
Distributor: Int'l Marketing Group
Notes: Includes liner notes by Chuck Young. Liner Note Author: Chuck Young. A decent overview of "The First Family of Country Music," filled with excellent examples of why the Carter Family was so influential. Old-timey classics like "Can the Circle Be Unbroken" and "Wildwood Flower" are represented as familiar favorites, but "Black Jack David" stands out as a showcase of both Maybelle Carter's pervasive guitar picking and the family's haunting vocal harmonies, so much so that Harry Smith selected it to be included it on his Anthology of American Folk Music, Vol. 4. The recording is beautifully dotted with analog pops from the original masters, but the packaging is woefully lacking detail regarding the tracks and recording dates. ~ Zac Johnson
Most music historians trace country's two main strands to its first superstars: blue yodeler Jimmie Rodgers, and balladeers the Carter Family. Their classic repertoire, haunting vocal harmonies, and Maybelle's distinctive guitar style have kept their old-time music relevant and moving to the modern day. The original group broke up in 1943, and the name was adapted by one member (Mother Maybelle) and her three daughters (June Carter Cash among them), and various combination of Carters performed and recorded in the '50s and '60s.
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