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By Staff
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The Brewton Council of the Arts will present "Keep on the Sunny Side, The Songs of the Carter Family" at 7 p.m. next Tuesday, Oct. 19, in the Woodfin Patterson Auditorium on the campus of Jefferson Davis Community College
The play chronologically traces the Carter Family's career from its beginnings in Scott County, Va., to its heyday in the 1940s to the family's recent induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
The family story is told through the eyes of daughter Jannette. From her perspective, the audience learns of the loves, losses and struggles of the Carters as they fought to stay true to their traditional mountain sound even as commercial pressures took country music in different directions.
Seventy-five years after the Carters' first recordings, their "Will the Circle Be Unbroken," "Wildwood Flower," and "Keep on the Sunny Side," are recognizable American tunes. Many of their songs are featured in the "Sunny Side" production.
The play was written by physician Douglas Pote, an enthusiast of old-time Appalachian music. Tuesday's production comes to Brewton from the Barter Theatre Touring Company in Abingdon, Va.
Corporate sponsors for the Brewton Arts Council's 2004-05 series include Bank of Brewton, Bank Trust of Brewton, Brewton Medical Center, Citation/Alabama Ductile, Earl H. Weaver Management Services, First Progressive Bank, Hines Realty, the Leigh Place, Natural Decorations, Inc., Smurfit-Stone Container Corp., Stokes, Jernigan and Stokes, and T.R. Miller Co.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students and are available at the door. For additional ticket information, contact Edna Johnson at 867-2747.