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

Sara's voice (1:26)

I know I heard Wildwood Flower really early on and was knocked out by Maybelle's guitar playing, like everybody else. But it's funny because people talk so much about her guitar playing and I don't hear people talk about Sara's singing that much and it's huge. I mean, she is the voice of The Carter Family. Maybelle is fantastic but Sara is... one of the interesting things about Sara is... for one thing I had a really strong reaction to it when I heard her because I've got a similar range voice. I'm not a soprano. She's definitely not a soprano so that was cool, I could immediately move into that whole catalog and sing the stuff. I hear this incredibly direct lineage from Sara to Woody Guthrie to Bob Dylan, so I hear Sara's voice in so much contemporary music because of that one direct chain.

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