The Carter Family: Sara Carter (vocals, guitar, autoharp); Mother Maybelle Carter (vocals, guitar); A.P. Carter (vocals).
This collection has few of the songs that are generally associated with the Carter Family, although given A.P. Carter's penchant for choosing classic Appalachian folk songs and gently tweaking the arrangements, the template for what they accomplished was unchanging, so this set remains characteristic even if it lacks "John Hardy," "Will the Circle Be Unbroken," "Wildwood Flower," or "Keep on the Sunny Side." The Carter Family undoubtedly saved countless songs from oblivion, and songs like "Coal Miner's Blues" and "No Depression," both of which are included in this set drawn from the Carter Family's 1938 to 1939 association with Decca Records, can have their survival into the 21st century traced to this important trio. ~ Steve Leggett