In two previous videos I shared the story of a reel to reel tape that found its way to me after more than 50 years of obscurity. The tape, which was purchased at an estate sale in a small Iowa town in the late 80s, was given to me two years ago by a fan of my channel. It was created backstage at a 1967 Johnny Cash concert in Seattle, Washington by KAYO radio DJ Bobby Wootten and contains lost interviews with some of the biggest and most influential stars of the 20th Century. It was created to be aired over Armed Forces Radio to the troops in Vietnam. In this video, we will present interviews with two Country Music Hall of Fame alumni, The Statler Brothers and The Carter Family, as they existed in 1967 – with Mother Maybelle Carter and her daughters.
Maybelle, of course, along with Sara and AP Carter, was there at the so-called “Big Bang of Country Music” recording sessions in Bristol, Tennessee in 1927, the same sessions that also launched the career of Jimmie Rodgers. Maybelle and her Gibson L5 archtop provided the rhythmic pulse at the very heart of this new popular musical form, and The Carter Family are rightly recognized as some of the very first popular music super stars, forging their career at a time when ad-supported radio airplay and record sales were brand new industries.
Maybelle Carter’s influence on Western popular music cannot possibly be overstated, and to have an interview with her on this tape is particularly cool. So we’ll begin with a short interview with the Statler Brothers before moving on to The Carter Family. I hope you enjoy!
Special thanks to Dave Massey for donating this tape and sharing its wonderful contents with the world. I am proud to be the custodian of it and am honored to be the one chosen to digitize and preserve it for posterity.
Johnny Cash Interview: https://youtu.be/yZLNBV9o1L4
Carl Perkins Interview: https://youtu.be/Hu-rAC60PBQ
#CarterFamily #Interview #Documentary
0:00 Intro and Provenance
3:14 Statler Brothers Interview
7:51 Carter Family Interview
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