RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - The roots of country music are buried in Virginia, specifically southwest Virginia, the home of the “first family of country music.”
In 1927, the Carter family traveled over 20 miles from Hiltons, Virginia to Bristol, Tennessee to record six songs.
“Keep on the Sunny Side” and “Will the Circle be Unbroken” are two of the more well-known “mountain songs” that became country standards.
On June 23, 1929, Maybelle Carter had a baby girl – She’d go by her middle name, June.
But she’s not best-known for her early days, and maybe you’ve figured it out by now but during the 1950’s, June Carter met and performed with some of the biggest names in American music, including “the man in black” himself – Johnny Cash.
We explore the history of June Carter in Episode 3 of Season 1 of “How We Got Here,” NBC12′s podcast on Virginia history.
Also in Episode 3, we take a look at the devastating path of Hurricane Agnes, how legendary explorer Capt. John Smith died and the Virginia connection to the Watergate break-in.
Listen to Episodes 1 and 2 of “How We Got Here” below to learn more about Virginia’s unique history.
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