Lesley Riddle met A.P. Carter, patriarch of the legendary Carter Family, in December 1928. He taught Carter his unique picking technique on guitar and traditional songs and arrangements. He began to accompany Carter on his song-collecting trips and would act as a "human tape recorder," memorizing the different melodies. He would later teach the melodies to Sara and Maybelle Carter.
He lost his right leg at the knee in an accident at a cement plant where he worked. He learned to play guitar during his convalescence. He taught his unique picking style to the Carter Family, which became known as "Carter picking."
The deeply influential pioneer of American roots music.
A folk guitar master. She won her first Grammy at age 90.
He rose above many hardships to become a country icon.
The Jackie Robinson of country music.
The trailblazing Black female country star.
Born in the Mississippi Delta.
Born in New Orleans with roots in ragtime and the blues.
Black musical tradition is a part of its core.
The progeny of spirituals and cousin to the blues.