Carlene Carter of the legendary Carter Family, appears on this week's episode of Mountain Stage
We have a special edition of Mountain Stage on this week's broadcast, recorded with the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance in Bristol, TN/VA. The small border town of Bristol is full of historical significance when it comes to Country Music. It was there, in 1927, recording engineer Ralph Peer captured early recordings of Jimmie Rodgers, The Stoneman Family and the first-family of Country Music, The Carter Family. (Read more about the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance.)
A direct descendant of that rich family tree is singer/songwriter Carlene Carter, the granddaughter of Mother Maybelle Carter and the daughter of June Carter Cash and Carl Smith. Carlene performs on this week's episode, which was recorded to commemorate the 80th anniversary of those historic recording sessions. We chose a touching song by Carlene, "Me & the Wildwood Rose" as our Song of the Week, which spins an autobiographical tale of young Carlene traveling alongside her family and their band.
Carlene also performs songs from her first new album in 12 years, Stronger. (Click to purchase on Amazon.)
Also on board to help honor the history of country are The Del McCoury Band, a 50 year veteran himself, country music sensation Eric Church in a special acoustic performance, Gospel-soul music from Mike Farris & the McCrary Sisters and Eastern Tenn's own Ed Snodderly of The Brother Boys.
Eric Church in a special acoustic performance on Mountain Stage.