Sunday, May 29, 2016

DVD Review: The Story Of Country Music Begins With "The Winding Stream"

"The Winding Stream," a new award-winning documentary, directed by Beth Harrington, finally finds its way to home video on DVD and digital HD. It tells the complete story of The Carter Family, told by family members and fellow country artists. This documentary digs deeper than ever before into the creation of county music and how The Carter Family laid the foundation for others to follow.

The story begins with A.P. Carter and his infatuation with discovering new songs. He would travel for miles just to salvage all these great lyrics and write them down on any scrap of paper he could find. His wife Sara and sister-in-law Maybelle, along with A.P. would turn these songs in success as they appeared on pirate radio stations located just over the Texas border in Mexico. These songs would travel the airwaves and eventually found their way to a young Johnny Cash, who would never forget where the music came from.

Later on The Carter Sisters would continue the success of their family name, which lead to the attraction of Johnny Cash to June Carter. While this documentary may be a story of the beginnings of country music, it is also a love story as you see June's love for Johnny, the Carter family members loving their heritage and many of today's musical artists loving the music of The Carter Family.

The soundtrack features artists like Sheryl Crow, John Prine, George Jones, The Carolina Chocolate Drops and other performing the songs of The Carter Family and Beth Harrington does an amazing job placing these songs within her film, in order to show their influence. Some of the best moments of the film are when you are given a glimpse in some of the final recording sessions of Johnny and June for her album "Press On." Also when Mother Maybelle solidified her immorality with her recordings with The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, which got her a Grammy nomination.

All fans of country music need to see this documentary, in order to understand where it all began and why The Carter Family are the founding family of country music. To find out more about "The Winding Stream" on DVD and Digital HD, please visit

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