Listen to this playlist on Spotify or Apple Music Born in the Appalachian Mountains of southwest Virginia in 1909, Maybelle Carter grew up in a musical family. Playing music at home and in her rural community were common childhood activities for her. She had a natural talent and was able to learn several instruments, including two for which she would become very well known: autoharp and guitar. In 1926, she married Ezra Carter, brother of A.P. Carter, who had married Maybelle's cousin Sara in 1915. A.P. had an entrepreneurial spirit and had begun traveling throughout the mountains to collect songs. Often his companion on these trips was an African American guitarist named Lesley Riddle. In an interview with Mike Seeger from 1965, Riddle said, "If I...
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The World Of Maybelle Carter: A Turning The Tables Playlist