Carter Family
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The first stars of the hillbilly genre were the members of the Virginia-based Carter Family, basically a vocal trio (Sara on lead vocals and autoharp, Alvin on bass vocals and Maybelle on alto vocals and on guitar) that started out in 1926 and first recorded in 1927. Unlike their peers, who emphasized the instrumental sound, the Carter Family focused on songs. Collectively, they wrote over 300 songs, including classics such as Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone (1928), Keep On The Sunny Side (1928), a cover of the 1906 pop song by Theodore Morse and Jack Drislane, Foggy Mountain Top (1929), My Clinch Mountain Home (1929), Worried Man Blues (1930), Can The Circle Be Unbroken (1935), No Depression (1936), and especially Wildwood Flower (1928), a traditional first published in 1860 that Maybelle turned into a guitar masterwork. Their vocal style was the quintessence of the "close-harmony" style of country music. Later, Maybelle formed her own quartet with her three daughters (among whom June wrote Ring Of Fire and Helen wrote Poor Old Heartsick Me). The original Carter Family dissolved in 1943 (Translation by/ Tradotto da Pierfrancesco Zanata)

Le prime star del genere hillibilly furono i membri della Carter Family, dalla Virginia, praticamente un trio vocale (Sara come voce principale e all'autoharp, Alvin come basso e Maybelle contralto e alla chitarra) che partì nel 1926 e registrò per la prima volta nel 1927. Al contrario dei loro contemporanei, che enfatizzavano il suono strumentale, la Carter Family si focalizzava sulle canzoni. Collettivamente scrissero oltre 300 canzoni, inclusi classici come Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone (1928), Keep On The Sunny Side (1928), una cover della canzone pop di Theodore Morse e Jack Drislane del 1906, Foggy Mountain Top (1929), My Clinch Mountain Home (1929), Worried Man Blues (1930), Can The Circle Be Unbroken (1935), No Depression (1936), e soprattutto Wildwood Flower (1928), un brano tradizionale pubblicato originariamente nel 1860 che Maybelle trasformò in un capolavoro chitarristico. Il loro stile vocale era la quintessenza dello stile "close-harmony" della musica country. Più tardi, Maybelle formò il suo quartetto con le tre figlie (di cui June scrisse Ring Of Fire e Helen scrisse Poor Old Heartsick Me). La Carter Family originale si sciolse nel 1943.

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