Musical production of the Carter Family scheduled at Ozarks

Release Date: 12/30/2004

Clarksville, Ark. ---The University of the Ozarks will present the musical production of "Keep on the Sunny Side --- The Songs and Story of the Carter Family" at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 16, in the Walton Fine Arts Center on the Clarksville campus.

The event is part of the university’s 2004-2005 Walton Arts and Ideas Series. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased by calling 479-979-1346.

Presented by the Barter Theatre of Virginia, the production tells the story of the Carter Family --- Alvin Carter, his wife Sara and their sister-in-law Maybelle Carter. The shy gospel trio would become the most influential group in country music history. From their landmark first recording session in Bristol, Tenn., in 1927, to their signings with Victor, ARC and Decca records, through the Great Depression, and their final retirement in 1952, “Keep on the Sunny Side” brings to life the drama, music, laughter and love of the first family of country music. They would record more than 250 songs, leaving a body of work that helped shape modern country music.

“It’s a tribute to the songs and the story of the Carter family,” said director Rick Rose. “Once people discover it, they’re hooked.”

The production is from a play written by Virginia physician Dr. Doug Pote. The troupe of Barter actors is currently on a 20-state tour where they will perform “Keep on the Sunny Side” more than 70 times.