The Winding Stream - The Carters, The Cashes and the Course of Country Music


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A Wildwood Flower

The Winding Stream film project is lucky to have Lorrie Carter Bennett as a friend and longtime supporter. The daughter of Carter Sister, Anita, and granddaughter of Mother Maybelle Carter, Lorrie is an amazing vocal talent in her own right. Just a few years back, Lorrie played her mother in a stage play about the […]

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The Home of Five Feet High and Rising

Seventy-nine years ago on February 26, a baby boy was born in Kingsland, Arkansas to Ray and Carrie Cash. Because they couldn’t agree upon a name, the couple named the infant J.R.  He was one of seven siblings, the others being Margaret Louise, Jack, Joanne, Reba, Roy and Tommy. Times were tough in Depression-era Arkansas […]

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A Siren’s Call

Valentine’s Day reminds us that a love attraction can be ignited in any number of ways. A fetching toss of lustrous hair beckons someone to come closer.  Big biceps can seem alluring.  A witty remark indicates a stimulating intellect. A smile signals promise. For A.P. Carter, it began with a voice.  Sara Dougherty’s voice wafting […]

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The first week of the New Year and we here at The Winding Stream project are feeling pretty good about what’s up ahead.  That’s in no small part thanks to the successful “crowdfunding” campaign on Kickstarter that just wrapped up.   We were hoping to get to a $10,000 goal. In fact, we were able to […]

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Friday night was the big Kickstarter party at Art Department and it was everything we could have wanted.  We had a tremendous turnout at a hip venue, live music by an authentic roots band (contrary to their name, Counterfeit Cash), good food and tasty local drink (thank you, Kurt and Rob Widmer!) and the support […]

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The thrill of victory, the agony of…

…defeat?  No, I won’t call it that because we’re not giving up.  But if you’ll permit me to vent a bit, filmmaking is an erratic career choice. A rollicking roller coaster ride. Take this week, for instance.  On some level I couldn’t be happier. I feel like new life has been breathed into The Winding […]

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A Mother Maybelle Holiday Treat

Here we are, squarely in the throes of the holiday season.  The older I get, the more I understand that the essence of this time of year is just spending as much quality time as possible with friends and family.  Hanging, cooking, eating.  Repeat. With the holidays in mind, I recently turned to my copy […]

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Activist Cash

A little known chapter of Johnny Cash’s recording career unfolded in 1964 during the making of his “Bitter Tears” album, a work that was profoundly pro-social justice. In particular, this album championed the cause of Native Americans and its best-known song is probably Cash’s rendition of “The Ballad of Ira Hayes,” a powerful musical tale […]

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Gearing up for 2011.. with your help?

For those who’ve been following our saga closely, the film is in a very interesting place. On the one hand, The Winding Stream is about 75% shot and a decent rough cut of it patiently resides on a drive at our editor’s house. On the other hand, the rest of the shooting, the looming music […]

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A Meeting with Johnny Cash

When we started work on The Winding Stream, I was given an incredible gift – a chance to interview Johnny Cash. Here’s an account of this meeting I wrote for the Portland alternative paper, Willamette Week.

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