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Had she never met Johnny Cash, June Carter would still have a claim on country music history as daughter of Mother Maybelle Carter. You don't get much closer to the roots of the genre than that, and June's farewell, Wildwood Flower, brings her story full circle. Recorded within a year of her and Cash's 2003 deaths, the album mostly revives Carter Family classics with the aid of close friends and family members. The feel of these autumnal performances is suffused with impending loss and unstinting devotion - to music and to life. It's not a slick album; without the participation of an indie label like Dualtone, we'd likely not have heard it. That would've been a shame. It has much to teach fans of Cash and Carter about their shared journey together.

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An intimate glimpse into a human's heart and soul

If you only end up getting a track or two, make sure you give Tracks 2 (Keep on the Sunny Side), Track 11 (Will you Miss Me When I'm Gone?), Track 13 (Wildwood Flower) ... the power and the beauty of these resonate in such an almost indescriabable way. You can mix these into almost any set of songs, across genres and continents. Like her song Ring of Fire, this music is about as intimate a glimpse into the heart and soul of a human one can get. Perhaps this is what made her and John so special ... their authenticity. June so reminds me of my own Mother. And like June, my Mother, a simple country girl, left an unwritten legacy in the hearts of those who knew her that will last longer than any politician's speech written more for history books than for people to hear. I can only imagine the magic that must have been in the house while this record was made. This recording is my direct connection to June and to a piece of America that is an ember of what it was ... perhaps it's music like this, that might keep that fire alive.

I'm A WIldwood Gal

What an interesting album. It is definatly worth buying at least a few of the tracks, and is overall very enjoyable although I must say much of the vocals are very rough. I myself listen to a lot of June Carter's music so I thought this was a good album. If you aren't farmiliar with her, start out with something along the lines of "16 Biggest Hits" or "Keep On The Sunny Side" which are also pretty good albums. Some of this music is an aquired taste but one that should be tried. I think if you're looking for pleasant, rather old-fashioned, good country music this is an album for you. My personal favorites are "Church In The Wildwood", "Keep On The Sunny Side", "Anchored In Love", (although she doesn't sing on this cut), and "Wildwood Flower". It's interesting to hear her singing that song on this album and at the Louisiana Hayride. Hope that helps, y'all. Oh and by the way, even people my age listen to this stuff. I'm 16.

If you're an up and coming musician or well established this is the foundation you want to have.

Anyone interested in any kind of music will be pleased to have such a wonderful set of recordings. From the sheer pureness of the vocals or the playfull banter that is shared between tracks with loved ones to the personal memories of the introductions by June this is brilliant. This is Legend!


Born: June 23, 1929 in Maces Springs, VA

Genre: Country

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Songwriter, singer, actress, comedienne, and matriarch of country music June Carter Cash was born Valerie June Carter in Maces Springs, VA, on June 23, 1929. Taught by her mother (the legendary Mother Maybelle Carter of the Carter Family) to play autoharp, June entered the spotlight in 1937 singing with her sisters Helen and Anita, eventually performing as the Carter Sisters after the death of June's uncle A.P. Her good humor and quick wit prompted June to perform comedy skits and monologues during...
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