Will you miss me when I’m gone?

The Carter Family

The Carter Family

Unlikely as it sounds, the Carter Family brought dignity even to border radio’s raucous proceedings.  They didn’t play hillbillies or hayseeds or cowpokes.  They were just regular folks making their own music.  What set the Carters’ music apart from the crowded field of country acts was the intimacy of their harmonies; the closeness of Sara and Maybelle, who sounded for all the world like a single person with four arms playing two instruments at once; and the unself-conscious ease with which A.P.’s high bass strolled in and out of each song, as if he were leaving the studio from time to time to chop some wood or hoe some corn, then returning to join the singing when the chores were done.  There was nothing squared off or predictable about the way they made music, and their genius was giving a modern sustain to decades- and centuries-old songs.  “They were the best loved in our valley,” remembers one Arkansan whose entire family would walk three miles to the nearest neighborhood with a radio.  “They were singing our songs.”

Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone? by Mark Zwonitzer and Charles Hirshberg


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