Live Recordings from the Louisiana Hayride

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
By the time of her death in 2003, June Carter was perhaps best known as the wife of Johnny Cash, as his sometime duet partner and as his constant anchor during their 35-year marriage. Blessed with royal country lineage her mother was Maybelle Carter of the legendary Carter Family, June possessed only a moderate voice and range, but made up for it with boundless on-stage energy and a fine comedic sense. Louisiana Hayride collects some of her appearances on the venerable radio show of the same name, which was broadcast through the South in the 1950s and 1960s on KWKH out of Shreveport, LA. The first nine tracks here are drawn from her debut appearance on the Hayride in ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
By the time of her death in 2003, June Carter was perhaps best known as the wife of Johnny Cash, as his sometime duet partner and as his constant anchor during their 35-year marriage. Blessed with royal country lineage her mother was Maybelle Carter of the legendary Carter Family, June possessed only a moderate voice and range, but made up for it with boundless on-stage energy and a fine comedic sense. Louisiana Hayride collects some of her appearances on the venerable radio show of the same name, which was broadcast through the South in the 1950s and 1960s on KWKH out of Shreveport, LA. The first nine tracks here are drawn from her debut appearance on the Hayride in 1960, and they perfectly illustrate her live act, which was part comedy, part dialogue, part poetry recital, and then finally, she gets around to singing a song. On several occasions you can hear her vocal start to careen off-pitch, but she adjusts and lets her energy and country smile carry things. As such, June is an acquired taste as a singer, but her comedic talents are really the point here, and these live cuts are the perfect way to get a sense of this charismatic performer. She sings three Carter family classics, "Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow," "Wildwood Flower," and "Worried Man Blues," and Johnny joins her on "It Ain't Me, Babe" and "Ballad of a Teenage Queen."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2003
  • Label: Scena Records
  • UPC: 766127070820
  • Catalog Number: 270708
  • Sales rank: 80,460

Album Credits

Performance Credits
June Carter Cash Primary Artist
The Statler Brothers Background Vocals
Jerry Glenn Kennedy Guitar
Technical Credits
Marty Robbins Composer
Paul Clayton Composer
Pete Seeger Composer
Chuck Berry Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
A.P. Carter Composer
June Carter Cash Composer
Jack Clement Composer
Ronnie Gilbert Composer
John Mahoney Engineer, Remastering
Paul Kingsbury Liner Notes
Larry Michael Lee Composer
Helen Carter Composer
Mosie Lister Composer
Darren Osborn Engineer
Traditional Composer
Aimee Roberts Mazurek Graphic Design
Jeremy Daspin Executive Producer
Max Lora Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rare spin of Carter’s early stage work

    This is a truly fascinating look at June Carter’s early-60s stage act, including both familiar songs and comedy routines that many listeners have probably never heard. In addition A.P. Carter songbook standards, “Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow” and “Wildwood Flower,” Carter shows off her original corn-pone humor and quick wit. ¶ She shows tremendous command of the comedy stage, lampooning the lyrics of Marty Robbins’ “Big Iron,” reciting a humorous poem about Elvis, and tossing off frenetic asides and barbs. But much like Buck Owens, when she swings from comedy into song, she’s riveting, as are the top-notch pickers with whom she’s surrounded. Supported by a full band, with electric guitars and pedal steel, these recordings are fuller than the parallel Hayride volume recently issued on Johnny Cash. ¶ A pair of tracks from 1961, highlighting a “Stars of the Opry” show at the Hayride, features Carter singing and joking with the Wilburn Brothers. But when they swing into A.P. Carter’s “Worried Man Blues,” the Kingston Trio’s then-recent hit simply disappears in their wake. A 1962 appearance yields Carter’s rapping version of “The Heel,” and a 1965 visit is highlighted by her duet with Johnny Cash on “It Ain’t Me, Babe,” and her backup singing on Cash’s Sun-era “Ballad of a Teenage Queen.” ¶ Sound quality isn’t state-of-the-art, but it’s clear, and Carter and the band are nicely isolated – no doubt reproduced from transcription records of the original KWKH broadcasts. The tracks are framed by Carter’s stage patter and comedy, along with applause and cheering. It gives you a good sense of how much the audience loved Carter’s combination of song and shtick. This is a rare glimpse of Carter standing tall on her own, unsupported by either the Carter Family or Johnny Cash. These recordings are a great find on both a beloved artist and the legendary show for which she performed.

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