Season 17, Episode 11 The Carter Family: Will the Circle Be Unbroken

First Aired: May 9, 2005

“The Carter Family: Will the Circle Be Unbroken” recalls “the first family of country music” in interviews with Carter relatives, music writers, and singers Gillian Welch, Joan Baez, Marty Stuart and Rodney Crowell. The tough early lives of A.P. Carter, his sister Maybelle and wife Sara were lightened by music, and their 1927 RCA audition proved to be “the big bang of commercial country music,” says narrator Robert Duvall. But A.P. and Sara's marriage couldn't survive the turmoil that followed.

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  • Premiered: October 4, 1988
  • Rating: TV-PG
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  • Premise: This much-honored PBS documentary series explores American history, one topic or person at a time. Its Peabody Award winners include profiles of FDR and Malcolm X, and such diverse topics as Nixon's 1972 trip to China, the controversy surrounding `Citizen… (more)

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