Tuesday, May 17, 2016

"Winding Stream" now streaming and on DVD!

I heard from Beth Harrington today that her film "The Winding Stream: The Carters, The Cashes, and the Course of Country Music" is NOW available for streaming and on DVD!!!  If you're a Carter Family fan, or simply someone who enjoyed our graphic novel "The Carter Family: Don't Forget This Song", I can tell you that you'll love this movie!  And now everyone with access to the Internet has a chance to see this movie...

Here is Beth's announcement:

Dear Friends –
The wait is over!
The Winding Stream – The Carters, the Cashes and the Course of Country Music is available today!

Our award-winning, critically-lauded, audience-beloved film about the foundational family at the heart of Americana music is finally out!
It’s available for download on iTunes

or on DVD through Amazon.com or wherever DVDs are sold!

As you might imagine, we’re incredibly excited. For those of you who have not yet seen the film at festivals or in your local theater, we sincerely hope you enjoy the film. We are grateful for how supportive and patient you’ve been.

Hope you’ll also spread the word about this new development to your music-loving friends!
Beth and The Winding Stream Team
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More praise for The Winding Stream

 “Wonderful interviews, transcendent music, a heartfelt emotional story…among the greatest of all music documentaries, an instant American classic.”
- Gerald Peary, The Arts Fuse
“…a real crowd-pleaser about American roots music royalty…”
- Loren King, The Boston Globe
“…a gift to anyone interested in our musical roots…”
- Michael Mechanic, Mother Jones
“…extremely enchanting…”
- Richard Thompson, Bluegrass Today
“…a pure delight”
- Volkmar Richter, Vancouver Observer
“… a marvelous, meandering journey through American musical history that you will never forget.”
- Larry Carlin, California Bluegrass Association News

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Arhoolie acquired by Smithsonian Folkways

Arhoolie Records was crucial to the "Carter Family" graphic novel having a CD of music included with each copy. I am happy to hear that the legendary label has been acquired by The Smithsonian!

The NYT reports on it too.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Today is the birth anniversary of Maybelle Carter...

On this day in 1909, Maybelle Carter, one of the most important musicians in American music was born in Nickelsville, Virginia. Thanks, David Steward, for linking me to this Writer's Almanac page which marks the occasion and describes Maybelle's role in the historic Bristol Sessions.

This image of Maybelle at the Bristol Sessions is actually the color layer (without the usual inked linework on top of it), exquisitely created by Frank M. Young, from our graphic novel "The Carter Family: Don't Forget This Song."