Songs of the Carter Family
Searle Whitney and Laura Lind
Sara, Maybelle and A.P. Carter wrote, collected and sung some of the finest
and best-loved songs of the old-time folk and country traditions. First recorded
in 1927 in Bristol, TN, their 78s were repeated hits throughout the 20s and,
after a Depression-era slump, again in the mid to late 30s. In 1938-39, they
were heard coast to coast on million watt Border Radio station XERA. Many
of their songs were learned by folks growing up in those times and through
the likes of Woody Guthrie and Flatt & Scruggs, have made it into the
folk, bluegrass and oldtime traditions.
In this workshop, we will all sing and play whatever Carter Family
songs people bring or choose from a mini songbook we're making of favorite
songs they recorded at each of their first 10 (or so) sessions, so
we can all sing lyrics together. Bring your instruments for breaks.
Searle is an avid fan of old-time songs, the Carter Family, bluegrass
and old-time gospel harmony singing. He writes songs of love and heartbreak
in the traditional fashion. He plays fiddle and guitar and learns the
world's best fiddle tune ... each week.
Laura has a powerful unique voice and an extensive
repertoire of traditional historic songs and fiddle tunes; and is
a prolific and published song
writer. She rocks and sings the blues. Among many honors, in 2007 she
won 1st place lead picking on autoharp at the Fiddle & Bango [sic]
Contest, Columbia, California, in the miscellaneous category of course.
Laura and Searle have been performing together
(along with David Brown & Dave
Krinkel) in The West County Professional Tea Sippers' Old Time String
Band. Check out the website: www.theteasippers.com and come to our
performance at 5:20 on Sunday.