Maybelle Carter was a member of
the Carter Family, a trio that
helped to pioneer what became known as country music. Born in Scott County, in Southwest Virginia, she grew up
playing music and learning traditional Appalachian songs and tunes. She also
developed a distinctive style of guitar playing that combined rhythmic chords and
thumb-plucked melody that was dubbed the "Carter lick." With her first cousin Sara Carter and Carter's husband,
A. P. Carter. . .
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