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The Carter Family - On Border Radio - 1939: Vol. 3

CAT. #: 413

Price: $15.00

CD 413

The Carter Family is one of the most famous and important recording groups to emerge from the American country music scene. Getting their start in the late 20s, their music has influenced and inspired scores of country artists such as Emmylou Harris and Flatt & Scruggs.

These recordings from Mexican border radio, XET, offer some great songs and instrumental tunes from the Royal Family of Country Music.

1. Theme / Cannon Ball Blues
2. The Story Of Charlie And Nellie
3. One Little Word
4. Alabama Gal
5. You Are My Sunshine
6. Happy Or Lonesome
7. Oh, Susanna
8. On My Way To Canaan's Land
9. Going Back To Texas
10. Great Speckled Bird
11. Oh Death
12. Don't Bury Me On The Lonesome Prairie
13. When The Spring Roses Are Blooming
14. Chinese Breakdown
15. Way Down Yonder in The Cumberland Mts.
16. Let The Church Roll On
17. Broken Engagement
18. I Shall Not Be Moved
19. Dark Haired True Lover
20. In Your Care
21. Theme / Station Id
22. Theme / The Old Ladiesï¾’ Home
23. The Winding Stream
24. Miners' Blues
25. Columbus Stockade Blues
26. No Home
27. Prisoner's Dream
28. Something Got A Hold Of Me
29. Spirit Of Love
30. Worried Man Blues
31. Giddyup Go
32. Sittin' On Top Of The World
33. My Virginia Rose
34. Cyclone Of Rye Cove
35. Wade In The Water
36. Charlie Brooks
37. Anchored In Love
38. I've Been Working On The Railroad
39. I'll Be Satisfied
40. Theme Out & Station Id


“Arhoolie has released The Carter Family on Border Radio: Volume One, an invaluable and previously un-released set of 1939 radio broadcasts originally heard on Station XET, a 'pirate' station on the US/Mexico border.

The Carter family consisted of A.P. Carter, his autoharp-playing wife, Sara, his cousin Maybelle, and various Carter grandchildren. Their repertoire has become the American folk and country songbook: 'Will the Circle Be Unbroken,' 'Worried Man Blues,' 'Keep on the Sunny Side,' (the ultimate recording of which is on this Arhoolie CD), 'Wildwood Flower.”' Their recordings convey an unvarnished sincerity, a fidelity to old-fashioned rural values, and quirky humor . . . Fine vocal harmonies carefully blended with sensitive guitar and autoharp support ensure that all of the Carter Family recordings are a pleasure to hear. What Bach is to classical music or Louis Armstrong is to jazz, the Carters are to country.

And that Carter legacy continues. Maybelle's daughter June (whom you hear in all of her wobbly 10-year-old glory) married Johnny Cash. You know the rest. This is where the history of country music begins.”

(Norman Weinstein — Boston Phoenix)

“. . . Rather than having to travel to Mexico to do their daily program, a transcription of a show, advertisements and all, would be recorded in advance near their Texas winter home and the acetate disk shipped to the station for broadcast. The hour-long Carter Family segment aired nightly as part of the Good Neighbor Get Together program . . . Opening as usual with their theme song 'Keep On The Sunny Side,' emcee Brother Bill Guild guides the listener in near play-by-play fashion through an hour's worth of songs, many of which never appeared on the Carter's commercial recordings . . . In addition to providing background on the family and the story behind the acetates from which this material was taken, the liner notes to this collection provide a condensed, but fascinating history of the whole border radio phenomenon.”

(Dan Ferguson — The Narragansett Times)