Each and every Sunday night when the clock hits eight, The Strombo Show takes over CBC Radio 2. It's music for music lovers by music lovers. To kick off the program, we always tip our hats to the legends, the noisemakers and the groundbreakers in a segment that we like to call Nod To The Gods.
Family is synonymous with music if your surname is Carter or Cash. Tonight we're welcoming John Carter Cash, the child of both June Carter and Johnny Cash into the broom closet for a conversation as he spins some recently uncovered tracks of his father's. John Carter Cash is a musician in his own right and we begin the program by celebrating his origins with The Carter Family.
Originally broadcast on the Johnny Cash Show in September 1980, Mother Maybelle leads her daughters with auto-harp in hand, just as she had many years earlier at the Grand Ole Opry where she performed "Wildwood Flower" with an earlier carnation of The Carter Family.
This traditional American folk music group dated back to 1927, as properly documented in Sunny Side of Life. Their influence reached across genres and generations as a rotating group of family members came through, including finger-picking virtuoso Chet Atkins.
Carter Cash will talk about some of the moments he shared with his father in the final years of his life and the unique perspective that he earns as the son of an iconic musician, including witnessing Cash's last public performance at the Carter Family Fold on July 5, 2003. It was several months before his death and only a month after June passed away and his pain is evident.
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