I mentioned in Friday’s post that, had I been so inclined, I could have filled that whole playlist with religious songs which I own. Not because I feel the need to own religious songs, but because many artists I admire felt the need to record them, and I just happen to own records that they are on.
Nowhere is this more apparent – other than Gospel music – than in Country music.
And nobody recorded more than Mr Johnny Cash*.
Since its Easter Sunday – the big one – today, here are two from a record he released with The Carter Family back in 1962 (back before he had actually married June, due to small issue of him already having a wife and four kids, and her being married too):
Johnny Cash & The Carter Family – [There’ll Be] Peace in the Valley [For Me]
Johnny Cash & The Carter Family – Were You There [When They Crucified My Lord]
*Maybe. I have no idea, I haven’t checked. Sounds true, though.
Towards the end of 2019, a quite intriguing record was released, featuring not one, not two, not three…ok, I’ll cut to the quick…but five generations of the legendary Carter Family.
The material included here comes from unreleased tracks by Mother Maybelle’s daughters June, Helen, and Anita, as well as a home recorded tape from the 1960s used by family members to share news among themselves.
The result is that members of the fifth generation are heard with their great-great grandparents as recordings on which original Carter Family members appear are seamlessly blended with contributions from later generations.
The results are a bit special; do yourself a favour and have a listen:
The Carter Family – Worried Man Blues
This morning, another tune from that album by The Carter Family I posted about just after Christmas.
I could write more, but you really don’t need me to tell you how immense and influential they were, do you?
Here’s the title track from the record in question:
The Carter Family – Travellin’ Minstrel Band
When I was at my folks’ house for Christmas, my Dad spent a morning playing some of his vinyl. I have that effect on people.
One of the records which had survived the great cull that three house moves in the space of 15 years inevitably brings, was this one, which I had completely forgotten about, and really enjoyed listening to again for the first time in…God knows how many years.
As we head towards 2018, times when the President of the United States can say things as idiotic as this:
…there’s an important message in this morning’s song.
And that message is not that Johnny Cash was really good at impersonating various musical instruments, though this is made all the finer for his efforts:
The Carter Family – The World Needs A Melody
This morning, a Country staple, although actually a folk song (the line between Country and Traditional American Folk is often quite blurred), performed by one of the great Country family bands:
The Carter Family – Wildwood Flower
It’s a song I’ve known since I was a kid, since it appears on a triple album my Dad owns. Credited to The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, a cursory look at the album sleeve tells you it’s an album which features collaborations with a whole host of country, bluegrass and folk folks:
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Wildwood Flower
And that was the unmistakable (I hope, or I’m going to look pretty stoopid) sound of Mother Maybelle Carter singing the lead vocal.
As you can imagine with a triple album, there’s plenty more quality songs to choose from, so expect this to feature again, quite a bit, on this thread.
Or, to put it another way: More Soon.