Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Carter Family reaches Alaska!



Jamie Smith reads his copy of "Carter Family: Don't Forget This Song" at The Comic Shop of Fairbanks, AK.  Thanks to The Comics Shop for making sure the book is available in Alaska, and thanks to Jamie, who is a cartoonist himself, for purchasing a copy (and providing this photo)!

On a related note: If your local shop is having trouble ordering "Carter Family", I am told that Tony Shenton is a distributor who can get Abrams ComicsArts books to stores without a problem...
http://shenton4sales.tumblr.com/Abrams


Thursday, August 7, 2014

A great new home for the Birthplace of Country Music Museum


I visited Bristol (on the VA/TN border) back in 2003, because I wanted to see where the Carter Family made their first recordings. A highlight of my visit was the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. But the museum was located NOT on historic State Street, where the Bristol Sessions happened in 1927, but outside of town, inside a shopping mall.  Though the location was disappointing, the museum was rewarding.

I was so happy to hear the news that the museum has opened in a new location, just off State Street, and its appearance has the blend of charm and authority that a visitor to the site of the "Big Bang of Country Music" would hope for. 


(photo borrowed from NPR's site)


This is the musuem's website:
http://www.birthplaceofcountrymusic.org/

For added details, check out this NPR report...
http://www.npr.org/2014/08/02/336550368/at-the-cradle-of-country-music-a-monument-you-can-hear-as-well-as-see

Congratulations to "Winding Stream"!


Congratulations to Beth Harrington and crew on the success of "The Winding Stream", the definitive documentary of the Carter and Cash families.  The film had its New York debut to a packed house at Lincoln Center on Monday. It has won four festival awards (so far). And was written about by Rolling Stone: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/9-things-we-learned-from-the-new-carter-family-documentary-20140806

I'm still waiting for it to come to Seattle...  Can't wait to see it!


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Graphic Novel Resources


A nice intro to the graphic novel "Carter Family: Don't Forget This Song" has been posted here.

Thank you, Prof Botzakis at University of Tennessee Knoxville.




Wednesday, April 30, 2014

TCAF paper


I just discovered an exciting first for the Carter Family graphic novel... An academic paper -- to be delivered at TCAF (in Toronto). Wow...

http://torontocomics.com/news/tcaf-partners-with-csscscebd-to-present-2014-academic-conference/

Saturday May 10th
Candida Rifkind, “Graphic Nostalgia and Musical Modernity in Frank M. Young and David Lasky’s The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song”

Monday, April 28, 2014

Beth Harrington on TV


In this link, documentary filmmaker Beth Harrington talks about her Carter and Cash Family documentary, " The Winding Stream" on Portland TV... Every time I see clips from this movie, I get chills. I can't wait to see the whole thing!!

http://www.katu.com/amnw/segments/Documentary-on-The-Carters-and-The-Cashes-256777571.html

Friday, April 18, 2014

Winding Stream screenings in Nashville!


Beth Harrington's definitive documentary on The Carter Family (and Cash Family), "The Winding Stream", will be showing in Nashville as part of the Nashville Film Fest. Unfortunately, the film was somehow not listed in local paper "Nashville Scene".  So let's get the word out!

On Facebook, Beth writes: "The crucial screening - the one some of the family is coming to - is Sunday April 20 at 7. (There's another on April 22 at noon). The theatres are the Green Hills cinema. Tickets are available there and on the Nashville Film festival website."



If I was in Nashville, I would be seeing that film on April 20.  Here is the link for tickets:
http://prod1.agileticketing.net/websales/pages/info.aspx?evtinfo=79434%7E4348a11d-f69d-4d78-a119-95bb0bf2b171&epguid=63858bbd-8b6a-4441-85c2-53432302088e

UPDATE: "Nashville Scene" has mentioned the screenings online!
http://www.nashvillescene.com/countrylife/archives/2014/04/18/nashville-film-festival-2014-carter-family-doc-the-winding-stream-7-pm-sunday