Author: Molly Hilt

The Carter Family

The original Carter Family began with family patriarch Alvin P. (A.P.) Carter, his wife Sara and their sister-in-law, Maybelle.  A.P. was born on December 15, 1891 in Poor Valley, Virginia.  He grew up playing the fiddle and learning songs from his mother.  A.P. married his wife, Sara, on June 18, 1915.  Sara was born on […]

Definition of Bluegrass

Bluegrass is a genre of music that utilizes acoustic instruments such as the banjo, fiddle, mandolin, upright bass and dobro.  It is characterized by a high-pitched sound with tight harmonies as band members often gather around the same microphone to sing.  It is also often performed by brother duets such as Bill and Charlie Monroe and […]