University News
For Immediate Release: 
Mar 24 2003

“Keep on the Sunny Side” Musician to Perform at Concord—Friday, May 16

Athens, W.Va. - Did you see O’ Brother, Where Art Thou? If so, then you’ll remember the sweet melody, Keep on the Sunny Side, by the Carter Family. More than six million copies of the soundtrack for the movie sold shortly after the movie’s release.

Concord College is proud to announce an appearance by Janette Carter, of the notable country music pioneers “The Original Carter Family” at the Concord College Annual Alumni Banquet, on Friday, May 16, 2003. The public is invited to attend this very special event, which will be a treat to music fans everywhere!

The Original Carter Family has earned worldwide recognition for their contributions to country music. The Carters and Jimmie Rodgers laid the foundation for what we know as country music today. Between 1927 and 1942 the Carters recorded over 300 songs, including: Wildwood Flower, Keep on the Sunny Side, and Wabash Cannonball. As a result, The Original Carter Family is often called the First Family of Country Music. Additionally, the group is responsible for a unique guitar style known as the “Carter Family Lick.”

Douglas B. Green, country music scholar, wrote: “The Carter’s Music was as haunting, mournful and beautiful as the Appalachians from which it came.”

Janette Carter is the second child of A.P. and Sara Cater. The Carter children grew up surrounded by music. Janette remembers performing for the first time at the age of six. After performing in Texas for several years, Janette returned to Virginia at age 16 to marry James Jett. The couple raised three children, and during this time Janette would occasionally fill in for other Carter Family Members. Janette then returned to her home in Hyltons, Virginia, devoting time to raising her children and caring for her ailing father.

Today, Janette preserves traditional, acoustic-only music as a tribute to A.P. and Maybelle Carter—Janette’s cousin. She also devotes time to reaching younger generations who may not otherwise be exposed to her proud Appalachian musical heritage. For over 29 years the “Carter Fold” (a rustic musical theatre that once served as her father’s country store) has produced old time and bluegrass music shows. Reportedly the dance floor comes alive at the Fold every Saturday night as young and old share the floor. Audiences come from all over the world to witness historic bluegrass music. The Fold is adjacent to the Carter Family Museum, dedicated to the early days of American music.

Janette continues to book bands, emcee programs and perform. She enjoys touring the U.S. and international locations today with her brother Joe, while performing traditional old-time music in the Carter Family fashion.

Cost for the 6 p.m. banquet is $18 per person, reservations are requested.

For more information on the Annual Alumni Banquet, or to make reservations, please contact the Concord College Alumni Office at, 1-304-384-5348 or 304-384-6056 or alumni@concord.edu by Friday, May 9.

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Concord College Notes:
Persons with disabilities should contact Rick Dillon, 1-304-384-5276 or Alice Dillon, 1-304-384-5177, if special accommodations are required for this event.

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