The Finally Chapter
After leaving Del Rio, the Carters Family
moved to Charlotte, where they spent a couple of years broadcasting over the station there
and playing show dates at school houses all around. The Carter Family now was Mother
Maybelle Carter, Helen, June, and Anita. From there they went to WRVA, Richmond Virginia (
1943 - 47 ), Knoxville ( 1948 ), and from there to Springfield, Missouri ( 1949). Finally,
along with the guitar player they picked up named Chet Atkins, they moved to Nashville and
the Grand Ole Opry in 1950. This became the Carter Family home at least for the second
generation of the family for seventeen years as regular members at the Grand Ole Opry.
Sara moved to California with her second husband, Coy Bays. A.P. moved back to Virginia
where he died in 1960.
Carter Family Songs have become legends themselves, songs
like ( JIMMY BROWN THE NEWS BOY ), and THE HOMESTEAD ON THE FARM ). They have become
bluegrass staples, and continue to be sung at the bluegrass and old-time gatherings all
around the country. Joan Baez in the 60s recorded Carter Family songs beginning a
new revival and a new interest among the young people in songs like ( WILDWOOD FLOWER,
GOSPEL SHIP, and LITTLE DARLING, PAL OF MINE ). And wherever the old Carter Family songs
are sung, the singer will often try to give a little history and background on the songs,
in the tradition of A.P. Carter.
With the election of the Carter Family to the Country
Music Hall of Fame, Maybelle, the last active member of the trio, enjoyed a period of
acclaim worthy of her stature as a legendary founding member of our great country music
Like A.P. Maybelle loved her native Virginia. Life in the
arid Texas - Mexican border area was not her cup of tea. She longed to see the flowers on
the green hillsides , to hear the rushing water of the clear mountain streams up on Clinch
Mountain. She missed the smell of hickory smoke curing the meat in November and she missed
the snow in January. Her song, LONESOME HOMESICK BLUES, comes straight from the heart, for
she wrote this song during the last season on the Mexican radio stations, shortly before
she would return home to Clinch Mountain.
All these songs took the Carter Family
off the slopes of Clinch mountain and into the hearts of the world. During the Depression,
they gave the country something to sing about. Turn up the sound a little and their
presence will fill your room.
Will The Circle Be Unbroken
Mother Maybelle, June,Helen &
Anita "Recording Session"
It was a Carter family reunion this fall
when descendants of the original Carter family gathered to honor the pioneer trio of A.P.,
Sara, and Maybelle with their songs. The Occasion was the release of the US Postal
Services country music stamp series, which includes stamp bearing likenesses of the
Carter, Pasty Cline, Hank Williams and Bob wills. Also on hand to perform the honorees
songs were Shelby Lynn, Jett Williams and the Drifting Cowboys and Asleep At The Wheel.
Homage Due Carlene Carter,
June Carter Cash, And The Carter Family Seal
Revised: September 02, 2007