July 5th, 2011
I’ve had a thing about the Carter Family for years, and about June Carter Cash in particular. She came from a line of graceful, hard-working, deeply talented and spiritually rich women who toured this country, playing 6 nights per week and raising extraordinary families from the back of an old Ford Model T. Mother Maybelle and her sister-in-law Sara Carter overcame extreme hardship as working musicians during the Great Depression, singing Maybelle’s husband A.P. Carter’s songs about their lives filled with pain, pragmatism, spirit and sass. June Carter was a shining credit to her mother and grandmother, a caring, kind and talented woman with a deep spirituality, quick wits and a legendary capacity to love.
I love June, so I wrote this song, ‘June Baby’
It’s an homage to her and her love, Johnny Cash, and to their beauty. This song was recorded as a strings sensation, complete with violins, viola, cellos and harps behind a full guitar band. This lil video is just me singing and pickin’ Carter-style last night in Topanga at a small, intimate venue called Hillbilly Hip.