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Fantastic ArrangersSara's voiceDuet HarmonyMaybelle's StyleThe Carter ScratchMusical Blueprint

Fantastic Arrangers (1:11)

I think that the language that is present in there, I think that had a big impact on contemporary music. It's a very interesting language. It's that great thing that happens with traditional music, the particular kind of poetry of traditional music, where it's really refined because it's like a stone in the river. So many hands have passed over it and each hand makes it a little better and by the time the Carter Family were getting some of these songs and putting their hands on them, and doing their great arrangements... Because I hear them as fantastic arrangers. Sometimes I think they were the best arrangers we've ever seen in roots music and that may in fact be their legacy; that the forms of these songs that we know come to us through them.

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