|The Original Carter
Family, Alvin Pleasant Carter, his wife Sara, and her cousin Maybelle,
were a major influence in the development of American country music.
Through hundereds of recordings, personal appearances, and radio programs
carried on dozens of stations, they reached devoted fans across the country
and the world.
Their music, a composite of traditional ballads, blues songs, gospel numbers, heart songs, and instrumentals both reflected and shaped the tastes of the rural south. Sara's supurb alto voice, combined with A.P.'s song writing and collecting, were enhanced by Maybelle's innovative and formative guitar lead style.
The song texts here are intended for study and comparison to later country and bluegrass versions.
Links: Complete song texts
Standing: AP and Sara - Seated: Maybelle
|Here, you will
find a complete collection of the words to the songs as recorded by the
Carter Family from 1927 to 1941. They are supplied here for study purposes
only. There are three ways to locate songs:
1) A Complete Song Index by titles
3) Or use our new Website Search Page
Bear Family Records has released a great boxed set of all the recordings of the original Carter Family, along with a large book discussing the family and their songs. Unfortunately, they did not think to include an index(!)
We have prepared a complete index to this set as a spreadsheet file, which can be downloaded by clicking on the image to the right ------->.
If you have additions or corrections, please let us know via email
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