Personalities | The Carter Family | Roots of Rock
(Vocal/instrumental group, 1915–56)
The Carter Family was the first vocal group to become country music stars. Consisting of A.P. Carter, his wife Sara and their sister-in-law Maybelle, The Carter Family’s simple harmonies and unique guitar-based arrangements supplanted the bluegrass-oriented ‘hillbilly’ music of rural America. The family’s sound gave new life to British and Appalachian traditionals and made country standards of songs like ‘Wabash Cannonball’, ‘Will The Circle Be Unbroken’, ‘Wildwood Flower’ and ‘Keep On The Sunny Side’.
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