Director Beth Harrington knew that the story needed to be told about the birth of country music and she also knew that a big influence in that creation came from the Carter Family. The new award-winning documentary "The Winding Stream: The Carters, The Cashes And The Course Of Country Music" will hit select theaters this fall and to go along with the film is the soundtrack featuring many of these original songs sung by The Carter Family along with many other classic country artists.
The new sixteen-song release begins with John Prine performing the quick country/folk strumming of "Bear Creek Blues." The original performances of The Carter Family have been restored and remastered by Grammy award winner Michael Graves. The songs "Bury Me Under The Weeping Willow Tree" and "Keep On The Sunny Side" have never sounded better. George Jones performs the country standard "Worried Man Blues" and newcomers the Carolina Chocolate Drops give an honest performance to "Hello Stranger." Mother Maybelle, one of the first ladies of country music, gives a stirring performance of "Wildwood Flower," before Johnny Cash and The Carter Sisters perform the country gospel "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" in front of a live audience. The album finishes up with Kris Kristofferson and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band laying down a little bluegrass swing to "Gold Watch And Chain" and Rosanne Cash giving a heartfelt acoustic delivery of "The Winding Stream."