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While the already legendary status of American music icon Johnny Cash receives a huge boost from the movie, Walk the Line, the movie also raises to new prominence the contributions of his wife, Virginia native June Carter Cash.
As a member of the Carter Family, the "First Family of Country Music," June Carter was part of the musical legacy that paved the way for Cash and all other country music performers.
Walk the Line follows the story of Johnny Cash's often turbulent rise to fame in the 1950s-1960s and brings into focus June Carter Cash's strength, faith and healing influence on her husband.
The sound that propelled the Carter Family to fame and influenced June Carter Cash as a musician came out of the mountains of Southwest Virginia.
Alive and well today at museums and performing arts venues throughout the region, the sound attracts visitors from all over the world who want to experience for themselves the authentic mountain music that gave rise to modern country music. The "tie that binds" them all together is a driving trail called The Crooked Road: Virginia's Heritage Music Trail.
The legendary musician and songwriter, June Carter Cash, was born in Maces Springs in Scott County in the Heart of Appalachia region of Virginia.
Visit the Carter Family Fold and enjoy the Saturday night bluegrass and country music performances.
When June was 14, she and her sisters Anita and Helen joined their mother and became Mother Maybelle & the Carter Sisters, performing on Richmond Radio Station WRVA in June 1943.
June sang and played the autoharp, too, as well as the banjo and guitar. June also attended John Marshall High School while living in Richmond.
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