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Friday, July 28, 2017

 

Jeanette Carter - Keeping A Family Tradition Alive

Through her work at the Carter Family Fold, Jeanette Carter
honored the memories of the original Carter Family


 
Jeanette Carter was quite simply an amazing woman. The daughter of A.P. Carter and his wife Sara (and the niece of Maybelle), Jeanette had a unique and enduring appreciation for the legacy of the original Carter Family.

Before he passed away in 1960, A.P. asked Jeanette if she would do whatever she could to keep their music alive. The result is the world-famous Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Va.

Jeanette Carter at the Carter Family Fold
Janette Carter at the Carter Family Fold - January 15, 2005  
Photo by Rick Rouse.

A wonderful singer and musician in her own right, Jeanette opened every performance at the Fold by singing a couple of original Carter Family songs along with son Dale Jett and others. Although she was an octogenarian when she passed away, her voice still rang true as did every stroke of her beloved autoharp.

In February 2005, Jeanette had the honor of accepting a long-overdue Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of the Carter Family at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. The following Saturday night she placed the Grammy on display at the Carter Fold's weekly show. Of course it was a huge hit!

No other group in history has influenced music of all genres quite like the Carter Family. Jeanette Carter continued to keep that tradition alive week after week at the Carter Fold until the moment she passed away. She is sorely missed.

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