Saturday, October 15, 2016
Saturday, August 27, 2016
It's been written that when Life Magazine photographer Eric Schaal visited the Carters in Maces Spring in 1941, the girls did cartwheels and handstands to show off for him. Frank and I depicted it briefly in our graphic novel, "The Carter Family: Don't Forget This Song." But until now, I didn't think Schaal had taken any photos of the girls. I thought I'd seen all of his shots, via Life Magazine's online photo archive.
Well, imagine my surprise today when web searching for photos from the shoot, and there is Anita Carter (credited as June, but I think it's Anita) doing a handstand! There were two others featuring her acrobatics. All featured in a gallery with a TIME article on the Carter Family from last year. What a fun surprise!
Monday, July 4, 2016
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
I heard from Beth Harrington today that her film "The Winding Stream: The Carters, The Cashes, and the Course of Country Music" is NOW available for streaming and on DVD!!! If you're a Carter Family fan, or simply someone who enjoyed our graphic novel "The Carter Family: Don't Forget This Song", I can tell you that you'll love this movie! And now everyone with access to the Internet has a chance to see this movie...
Here is Beth's announcement:
NOW AVAILABLE! THE WINDING STREAM!
Dear Friends –
The wait is over!
The Winding Stream – The Carters, the Cashes and the Course of Country Music is available today!
Our award-winning, critically-lauded, audience-beloved film about the foundational family at the heart of Americana music is finally out!
It’s available for download on iTunes
or on DVD through Amazon.com or wherever DVDs are sold!
As you might imagine, we’re incredibly excited. For those of you who have not yet seen the film at festivals or in your local theater, we sincerely hope you enjoy the film. We are grateful for how supportive and patient you’ve been.
As of today, also note that you can get the DVD, companion book and soundtrack CD on The Winding Stream website as a bundle (or separately).
Hope you’ll also spread the word about this new development to your music-loving friends!
Beth and The Winding Stream Team
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More praise for The Winding Stream
“Wonderful interviews, transcendent music, a heartfelt emotional story…among the greatest of all music documentaries, an instant American classic.”
- Gerald Peary, The Arts Fuse
“…a real crowd-pleaser about American roots music royalty…”
- Loren King, The Boston Globe
“…a gift to anyone interested in our musical roots…”
- Michael Mechanic, Mother Jones
- Richard Thompson, Bluegrass Today
“…a pure delight”
- Volkmar Richter, Vancouver Observer
“… a marvelous, meandering journey through American musical history that you will never forget.”
- Larry Carlin, California Bluegrass Association News
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
On this day in 1909, Maybelle Carter, one of the most important musicians in American music was born in Nickelsville, Virginia. Thanks, David Steward, for linking me to this Writer's Almanac page which marks the occasion and describes Maybelle's role in the historic Bristol Sessions.
This image of Maybelle at the Bristol Sessions is actually the color layer (without the usual inked linework on top of it), exquisitely created by Frank M. Young, from our graphic novel "The Carter Family: Don't Forget This Song."
Saturday, April 9, 2016
Emerald City Comic Con has taken over the WA State Convention Center this weekend, and to mark the occasion, Seattle pizza chain Pagliacci has interviewed me about superheroes in their newsletter. (Yes, it's a pizza restaurant with its own newsletter!) Writer Louis Whitford and I got pretty deep talking about superheroes as part of the culture... and of course we also talked about The Carter Family. It may be the first time A.P. Carter has ever been compared with Spiderman!
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