The Carter Family really begins when A.P. Carter falls in love with Sara Dougherty. He was out selling fruit trees in SW Virginia and came across Sara singing the song "Engine 143." It's been said that he could hear her voice before he even entered the yard of the house in which she was singing. He spent a year courting her, and in 1915 they were married. Sara was 16 years old.
This is one of the samples Frank and I worked up for "Don't Forget This Song;" a depiction of A.P. hearing Sara's voice for the first time.