Beth Harrington got the idea for a documentary about a singing family, the Carters, more than ten years ago. It came to her while working on an earlier film, “Welcome to the Club.” It’s the story of women who sang a type of music called “rockabilly” in the 1950′s. They didn’t get their due for decades.
While interviewing the women for “Club,” a 2003 Grammy nominee, Harrington learned they were influenced by the Carter Family. They exploded onto the music scene in the mid 1920′s. Their popularity reached a point where the Carter’s were receiving 25,000 letters a week.
In her new documentary, “The Winding Stream,” Harrington tells the story of the Carter Family and their influence on today’s country music. Music writers say the Carter’s have also influenced artists including Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones.
The film also explains how June Carter and Johnny Cash became country music royalty when they married each other in 1968. Harrington interviewed Cash several weeks before he died in 2003.
“The Winding Stream” debuts at the South By Southwest festival, in Austin, on March 15th.
Photos courtesy: Beth Harrington