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


The Carters, The Cashes and the Course of Country Music

A Film by Beth Harrington

Bring the saga of the family at the very heart of American roots music — the Carters and the Cashes — to your college or university.

The Winding Stream tells the story of the original Carter Family and the mark they made on the history of American music. The film follows their career and legacy as it moves through several generations of musicians, both inside their family and out, including rare footage of June Carter and the Carter Sisters and one of Johnny Cash’s final interviews. The saga is punctuated with studio performances by celebrated roots music practitioners like Johnny and June Carter Cash, George Jones, Rosanne Cash, Sheryl Crow, Kris Kristofferson and others.


Host a screening of The Winding Stream on your campus and bring the gripping story of the origins of the Carter family and their influence on all of country music to your student body.


Host a screening of the film to:

  • Engage in a thoughtful dialogue about the origins of country music, as well as the important roles of women, African-Americans and the Appalachian region in its formation and development.
  • Learn about the evolution of country music from the originators and their extended family including Johnny Cash and Rosanne Cash.
  • Inspire a new generation to explore themes of women’s issues, diversity and music history.


Pick a date and venue to screen this engaging, entertaining and educational music history film. Apply for public viewing rights using the links on the right (a licensing fee is required).


  • A DVD of The Winding Stream with rights to use the film for classes and other campus events
  • Digital publicity materials
  • Discussion materials
  • Promotion of your event on The Winding Stream website and social media pages.
  • A copy of the oral history companion book, The Winding Stream: An Oral History of the Carter and Cash Family by Beth Harrington. Additional copies available for purchase at a student rate.


Filmmaker Beth Harrington is also available to attend your screening to enhance the conversation and inspire a more in-depth dialogue on the topics. Request an appearance using the links on the right (an appearance fee is required).

Book a Winding Stream Collegiate Screening Now!

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