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TV Special celebrating the 40th Anniversary of The Carter Family Fold - a music venue honoring the First-Family of Country Music.

Hiltons, VA Television
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In 1974, Janette Carter began to fulfill a promise she made to her father A.P. Carter. That year, Janette produced a music festival dedicated to her father’s work and the preservation of the music he pioneered. That first festival took place on an 18-wheel truck on loan from the National Guard. 

This first festival gave birth to regular acoustic-only shows in the grocery store Janette’s father ran in the 40s and 50s. In 1976, Janette – with the help of her siblings Joe and Gladys – built the Carter Family Fold. Today, “The Fold” stands at the forefront of preserving Old-Time or “mountain music,” traditional Country and Bluegrass music. A.P., Sarah and Maybelle are widely recognized as the First-Family of Country Music thanks in part to the famous Bristol Sessions.  Future generations have gone on to achieve admirable works. 

Probably the best known Carter to modern audiences is June Carter Cash, wife of Johnny Cash. Rita Forrester, granddaughter of A.P. Carter, tirelessly presides over The Carter Family Fold today as Executive Director. This proposed “Carter Family Fold 40th Anniversary” television special celebrates the family, the venue and the local community who keep "The Fold" running. The following videos provide more background into one of America’s most talented, inspiring families.

  A History of the Carter Family Fold

  A History of the Carter Family

 Johnny Cash Live At the Carter Fold (1976) Folsom Prison      Blues!

STRETCH GOAL

Since the 1980s, I have had the pleasure of visiting, then living, in the Tri-Cities area of east Tennessee, just a short distance from The Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, VA. During that time, I have met some very interesting people who call the Appalachia and foothills of the Blue Ridge region home. Some are characters. Some are every-day folk. Others are dreamers and thinkers and doers. By way of a light-hearted comedy series, I would like to share with America the unique, rich lifestyle of the simple lifestyle that is characteristic on many levels of the “mountain life” region that surrounds The Carter Family Fold – featuring actors as locals in skits that first make you laugh, then make you think. 

Below are profiles of a few of the more colorful characters of this proposed half-hour television comedy series that I would like to start developing. They are based on characters real and imagined. Any monies received above the funding goal for this “40th Anniversary Television Special” will go towards development of the series.

Codetta Stanley:  Codetta is the town's saucy voice of reason who serves up homespun advice with a side of conversational jousting at the Tele-Wink diner - ground zero for the latest in news that's worth spread'in.

Clarence T. Leeves: With the showmanship skill of a slick used car salesman and a penchant for stirring the pot, Clarence is the likeable ringleader of local citizens who want to rid their lives of useless merchandise in exchange for more useless merchandise on the weekly radio program Tradio.

Mauzy Broadway: Mauzy seems to be way too sophisticated and world traveled for her simple upbringing but has managed to learn the ways of a diva and spends much of her time playing the part she never earned. 

Risks and challenges

Though there is great "evergreen" potential in this television special, we do want it to air during 2014. That will call for clockwork precision in execution. The tentative schedule is as follows: Pre-Production August 27 thru September 27 (in reality pre-production has begun), Production between September 28 thru October 15. Post Production October 16 thru October 23. Target air date: November 2014.

The good news is that I have major interest from Blue Ridge PBS to shepherd distribution regionally as well as on the national PBS network. The finished product will be the deciding factor. I also have Blue Highways TV very interested who provide programming to both Internet and cable audiences reaching millions across America, and worldwide via the Net.

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    • Special "Thank You" on souvenir "TV Special" DVD packaging • DVD of the "Carter Family Fold 40th Anniversary" TV Special • Second and Third Row seating during Carter Fold Concert Taping Segments (Travel Expenses Not Included) • Group picture with Cast and Crew signed by A.P. Carter's Granddaughter • 2 Commemorative gifts from the $5, $10, $15 and $25 Levels • Lunch with Cast and Crew day of Carter Fold Concert Taping Segments (Travel Expenses Not Included)

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    • "TV Special" Associate Producer credit • Special "Thank You" on souvenir "TV Special" DVD packaging • DVD of the "Carter Family Fold 40th Anniversary" TV Special • Front Row Seating during Carter Fold Concert Taping Segments (Travel Expenses Not Included) • Guaranteed to be seen on-camera in finished TV Special • Group picture with Cast and Crew signed by A.P. Carter's Granddaughter • 2 Commemorative gifts from the $5, $10, $15 $25 Levels • Two DVDs of "TV Special" • Lunch with Cast and Crew day of Carter Fold Concert Taping Segments (Travel Expenses Not Included)

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