Support the news

June Carter Cash's Legacy36:17
Download

Play
photo
Born Valerie June Carter into the first family of country music, June Carter Cash helped create a musical bridge from the days of playing with her mother and sisters in the Carter Family to her long-time marriage and musical collaboration with legendary country music icon Johnny Cash.

Songs she helped pen, perform and popularize are now legendary in the canon of country music, including "Ring of Fire," "If I Were a Carpenter," "Jackson," and "Long-Legged Guitar Pickin' Man."

Click the "Listen" link above to hear a tribute to country music legend June Carter Cash, who died last night in Nashville, Tennessee. She was 73 years old.

Guests:

Ann Patchett, author of the novel "Bel Canto" and author of the recent article "The Country of Country" in the New York Times Magazine

Bill Friskics-Warren, writer and regular contributor for Country Music Magazine, music editor for the Nashville Scene, and author of "Heartaches by the Number: Country Music's 500 Greatest Singles"

Mark Zwonitzer, documentary filmmaker and author of "Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone?: The Carter Family and their Legacy in American Music."

This program aired on May 16, 2003.

+Join the discussion
TwitterfacebookEmail

Support the news