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Carter Family

Together Again – 2006 (Sphere)

Reviewed by Larry Stephens

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Any discussion about the roots of country and bluegrass music will ultimately turn to the Carter Family. A. P. Carter was a prolific songwriter (though there is controversy whether all songs attributed to him are original), and the Carter Family were prolific recording artists. This CD, with all songs attributed to A. P., is a second generation recording featuring Helen and Anita Carter accompanied by other family members, including June Carter Cash, and other musicians. Recorded in 1991, but never released until now, it is a journey back to the late 1920's and 1930's, to the foundations of our music.

Recording studios in 1991 were a far cry from what A.P., Sara and Maybelle used, so this is a quality recording of Helen and Anita. A wider variety of instruments than the family typically used in the early years is employed, but the autoharp still plays a prominent role. It takes little imagination to hear the echo of Maybelle singing with Sara and A. P. Sit back and enjoy the familiar strains of "Blue Eyes," "Worried Man Blues," "You Are My Flower" and "Lonesome Valley" as you slip into another time and place.

While this CD plows no new ground, it is still welcomed as a modern reminder of this beloved music. The only downside is the lack of information about the recording, minimal liner notes, no historical notes. This is an excellent rendition of the music that helped start a multi-million dollar industry.