Monday, April 7, 2014

The Winding Stream

Filmed over ten years, The Winding Stream is a documentary about country music legends The Carter Family. Using family photos, film clips, home movies, and in-studio footage of newer musical acts covering some of their tunes, I was surprised that I felt The Winding Stream actually needed more Carter Family music in it. While I understand having Sheryl Crow cover a Carter Family song in order to show their influence, that isn't why I wanted to see this film. You certainly would not have heard me complain about hearing too much Carter Family music. Since there is no footage of The Original Carter Family performing from their heyday in the 20s and 30s, the filmmaker decided to use some unfortunate and startling CGI animation of the Carter Family to mixed results. However, there was some awesome footage of Maybelle Carter playing guitar and demonstrating her groundbreaking strumming technique known as the Carter Scratch.

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