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Southern Circuit Film Series: “The Wandering Stream”

Free and open to the public. Donation suggested.

There is a stream that courses through American roots music. Its source is in the Appalachians in a place called Maces Springs, Virginia. There, A.P. Carter, his wife, Sara, and his sister-in-law Maybelle, began their careers as three of the earliest stars of country music. The stream these three created has turned into a rushing river and has moved through several generations of musicians. And yet, the Carters suffered periods of obscurity, with A.P. and Sara divorcing and all three going their separate ways. No one would have guessed that a young man who, at first blush, seemed more renegade than reverent adherent, would be the one to lift the Carter legacy. That man was Johnny Cash and his love for the Carter music dated back to nights as a boy in Arkansas listening to the Carter Family perform on the air, their melodies blasting across the Mexican border into his bedside radio. It was a wonderful twist of fate when Cash, as a Sun Records artist, first met Mother Maybelle and her girls, the Carter Sisters and vowed to June, “I’m gonna marry you someday.”

Beth Harrington is an award-winning independent producer, director and writer, born in Boston and transplanted to the Pacific Northwest. She has been making media professionally since 1977. She most often focuses on work that explores American history, music and culture.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Who is hosting this event?

    April 6, 2014

  • Robert L. P.

    Where are we meeting? In the auditorium?

    April 6, 2014

    • Gary M.

      I typically arrive early and block out some seats in the auditorium using Meetup signs. Since I will not be attending tonight (because Billy Joel) I'll leave it to one of you to print some signs and bring them along. See More|Files for the PDF of the sign.

      April 6, 2014

  • Robert L. P.

    You're picking a live Billy Joel over a dead Carter Family? How could you tell the difference? Egad! It's a ways off yet...

    March 4, 2014

    • Gary M.

      It gets worse in June - it's the AARP concert series, Cher with Cindi Lauper followed the next day by Rod Stewart with Carlos Santana.

      March 4, 2014

  • Gary M.

    I will be unable to attend this event due to a prior engagement (can you say "Billy Joel").

    Anyone interested in committing to be the 'host' ?

    March 4, 2014

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