June Carter and Johnny Cash with Pete Seeger
October 16, 2008 7:47 AM   Subscribe

June Carter and Johnny Cash appear on Pete Seeger's Rainbow Quest. June reminisces about the Carter family and A.P. Carter. They all sing It Takes a Worried Man. Johnny sings As Long as the Grass Shall Grow. Finally, June sings I Am Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes.
posted by RussHy (8 comments total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
I'll see your Cash/Carter/Seeger and raise you a Cash/Dogg.
posted by COBRA! at 8:15 AM on October 16, 2008 [2 favorites]

This is great, thanks. I just last week watched the Pete Seeger documentary "The Power of Song", prior to that I hadn't known he had had his own show for a while...
June's story about knocking her tooth out trying to get fancy with the microphone was a crackup.
posted by dan g. at 8:37 AM on October 16, 2008

June Carter Cash's voice is dreamy.
posted by KokuRyu at 9:12 AM on October 16, 2008

These are great. KO-rea!
I was watching Letterman last week and Pete Seeger was on and even at 89 years old his song just blew me away, I had a lump in my throat. It was like part folk song, part history lesson, part Sesame Street.
I also love that part in Don't Look Back where Seeger is kind of grouchy about Dylan playing electric, wanting him to turn it down...can't find a clip of it.
posted by chococat at 10:16 AM on October 16, 2008

I'll see Seeger and Dogg and raise Johnny Cash covering Depeche Mode.

(Is this a no-limit Cash game?)

I wasn't familiar with the woes of the Carter family prior to this, other than what I picked up from watching Walk the Line. After reading the story of "I Am Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes" (in the sidebar info) I had to watch June sing it again like it weren't no thing. On top of the story of picking her scattered teeth off the stage in Seoul... words fail me. She's one of those women who makes you mumble "Weaker sex, my ass."
posted by cirocco at 10:17 AM on October 16, 2008

Last night I saw Johnny Cash's America at the Indie Memphis film festival. During the (very) extended post-screening Q & A, Marshall Grant, the bassist for the Tennessee Two, said that he had seen a lot of documentaries about Cash, but that this was the best one yet. He also revealed that their first ever gig was at a church just a few blocks from where I live, which I thought was pretty cool.
posted by vibrotronica at 12:18 PM on October 16, 2008

Loved watching that simple but moving video of It Takes a Worried Man. That song was a childhood favorite. Poignant to see the cigarette smoke curling up as June Carter sings. Had no idea about her, nice to see her with Pete Seeger, a culture hero of mine, and Johnny Cash.
posted by nickyskye at 1:04 PM on October 16, 2008

Great links. Many thanks, RussHy.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:18 PM on October 16, 2008

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