Tonight’s Friday night music open thread is great American masterpiece, “Can the circle be unbroken,” by The Carter Family. I don’t play enough of this great American art form — particularly the early stuff like Hank Williams. That will be corrected.
Original 1927 recording
The Carter Family is a American folk music group that recorded between 1927 and 1956. Their music had a profound impact on bluegrass, country, Southern Gospel, pop and rock musicians as well as on the U.S. folk revival of the 1960s. The Carter Family made their first recordings for Ralph Peer on the Victor label in 1927, in Bristol, Tennessee. During the next 17 years they recorded some 300 old-time ballads, traditional tunes, country songs, and Gospel hymns, all representative of America’s southeastern folklore and heritage.
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The story of the Carter Family is not so much about an influential musical act but a dynasty that spans the history of country music for almost 90 years. The original members — A.P. Carter, his wife Sara, and his sister-in-law Maybelle — were one of country music’s earliest superstars during the 1920s and 1930s and became known for such legendary songs as “Keep on the Sunny Side,” “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” and “Wildwood Flower.” After the original group disbanded in the early 1940s, Maybelle and her daughters continued the family’s musical legacy, which was even furthered by the union of June Carter and Johnny Cash.
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