Jim’s Roots and Blues Calendar has been totally scooped by The Art of the Rural—a highly recommended, beautiful site with excellent content and writing. Well, their Carter Family Project story bears repeating:
Brooklyn’s own Fran Leadon with his wife Leigh Anderson are attempting to record every Carter Family song ever cut. They’re doing it in chronological order, starting with the first 1927 Bristol Sessions recordings. Fran and Leigh began the project on June 19, 2011 with Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow. As of this writing they’ve recorded 63 songs!
Not worrying about flubs or clams, they get it done while the baby naps, using an H2 Zoom recorder in their living room. Like the originals these are lo-fi and low-budget recordings. Fran mostly plays a homemade D-18 guitar, and Leigh plays an early 1950’s Epiphone upright bass. Guests are both welcomed and featured on some numbers.
Along with occasional historical or personal notes and photos, the songs are uploaded to The Carter Family Project, a simple Tumblr blog page. Check it out!
In 1989 after recording tracks for Will the Circle Be Unbroken II Emmylou Harris is reported to have said, “The living room has gone out of the music, but today I feel like we got it back.” Same goes here. Amen!