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Given A.P. Carter's penchant for choosing classic Appalachian folk songs and gently tweaking the arrangements, the template for what the Carter Family accomplished was unchanging, and they remain one of the most important and influential groups in the history of American music. This two-disc set has all of the trio's signature and key songs, including "John Hardy," "Can the Circle Be Unbroken?," "Wildwood Flower," "Keep on the Sunny Side," "Wabash Cannonball," "Coal Miner's Blues," and "No Depression," among many others.


Formed: 1926 in Virginia

Genre: Country

Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s

The most influential group in country music history, the Carter Family switched the emphasis from hillbilly instrumentals to vocals, made scores of their songs part of the standard country music canon, and made a style of guitar playing, "Carter picking," the dominant technique for decades. Along with Jimmie Rodgers, the Carter Family were among the first country music stars. Comprised of a gaunt, shy gospel quartet member named Alvin P. Carter and two reserved country girls -- his wife, Sara, and...
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