Like the Blues and Jazz men and women of that era, the influence of the Carter Family on the music of the 20th century and onwards cannot be understated. Of course, there were many artists that never made it onto tape in the early 20th century - but very few (if any) were recording vocal harmonies as beautiful and intimate as this in 1928:And now for the Carter Family music (and don't worry if you think I'm neglecting the next generation Carter Sisters. Maybelle and her daughters will get there turn in due course). You've probably already heard more Carter family melodies - or re-worked versions of their melodies - than you think, as they embedded themselves into so many country and blues compositions and then on to rock'n'roll and on to the many genres that spawned, including hard rock and heavy metal.
But the task of selecting just a few from the vast Carter music library was tough. I started with a recording of all the very first 1927 songs. The more I listened and 'got into it', the better I liked it, as I was transported back in time from a locked up Melbourne into a different universe of the Appalachian mountains of another era -
Hahaha! Well at least the "poster" had the 'Light Crust Doughboys' appearing down the bottom - being the band Bob Wills along with Tommy Duncan left in 1933 to form 'The Texas Playboys, so there's that!