Mojo (Publisher) - p.1184 stars out of 5
- "[She] was a vital country music force in her own right."
Personnel: June Carter Cash (vocals, autoharp); June Carter Cash (guitar); Mother Maybelle Carter (vocals, guitar, autoharp); Homer & Jethro (vocals, guitar, mandolin); Homer Haynes, Sara Carter (vocals, guitar); Jethro Burns (vocals, mandolin); Helen Carter (vocals, accordion, background vocals); Anita Carter, Carlene Carter (vocals, background vocals); Carl "The Truth" Smith, Rosey Nix, A.P. Carter, Rosanne Cash, Carter Sisters, Carl Smith (vocals); Laura Cash (guitar, background vocals); David O Jones, Jack Routh, Kelso Herston, Marty Stuart, Norman Blake, Red Lane, Billy Grammer, Jerry Shook (guitar); Chet Atkins, Grady Martin, Luther Perkins, Bob Wootton (electric guitar); Johnny Sibert, Buddy Emmons (steel guitar); Bob Johnson (banjo, lute); John McEuen (banjo); Jimmy Ibbotson, Nancy Blake (mandolin); Gordon Terry, Johnny Gimble, Tommy Jackson (fiddle); Rufus Long (flute); Bob Carpenter (accordion); George Tidwell (trumpet); "Papa" John Gordy, Floyd Cramer, Larry McCoy, Bill Pursell, Jerry Whitehurst (piano); David Johnston, Larry Butler (keyboards); W.S. Holland, D.J. Fontana, Rick Lonow, Farris Coursey (drums); Lorrie Carter Bennett, Tiffany A. Lowe, Jan Howard (background vocals); Johnny Cash (vocals, guitar, background vocals); Jerry Hensley (vocals, guitar); Earl Scruggs (guitar); The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
Liner Note Authors: Elvis Costello; Holly George-Warren.
Recording information: Hendersonville, TN (1939-2003); Maces Springs, VA (1939-2003); Nashville, TN (1939-2003); San Antonio (1939-2003).
Photographers: Ken Regan; Don Hunstein; Jim Marshall ; Urve Kuusik; Fred Lombardi; Les Leverett; Alan Messer.
The first anthology to focus exclusively on June Carter Cash's decades-spanning career, 2005's KEEP ON THE SUNNY SIDE offers up 40 of her finest moments. Born into the legendary Carter Family, June took to playing folk and country tunes on autoharp and guitar, as well as singing in a distinctive, high-pitched voice. Later, her earthy beauty, bold personality, and good-natured humor would lead to success as a comedienne and, eventually, gain the attention of then-troubled Johnny Cash. While bringing Cash stability before and during their marriage was one of her greatest achievements, June also crafted an impressive song catalog, both with and without Cash and other members of the Carter Family. Highlights here include the uplifting title track (which appears in three different versions), and "Jackson," a raucous duet with Cash that became a virtual theme song for the couple. Though June may have been overshadowed by her more-famous relatives, this collection proves that she was a compelling performer in her own right.