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

Victrola 1927

The Winding Stream is starting to open in art houses across the country (see our SCREENINGS page on this site for info) and soon on October 16 the soundtrack will be available on Omnivore Recordings.

Here’s how you can pre-order: http://bit.ly/1EHiUU5

All of this puts me in mind of something the late musician and musicologist Mike Seeger said to me during the making of The Winding Stream. Since 1927, the Carter Family’s music has never been out of print. Their recordings have always been available in some form. That’s 88 years of cultural presence. Admittedly sometimes that presence ebbed from the collective consciousness. But they have always been there. Sorta reassuring in a world that changes so rapidly.

It’s funny to think of how much technology has changed – for better or worse – since then. Here are just some of the ways their music has been shared with the public since the Big Bang of Country Music.

Philco 1936

Magnaox 1947

1955grundig

truetone 1965

8-track player 1970jpg

1980s Sharp Cassette:radio

1999CD Walkman

original-ipod-2001

spotify 2006