John Prine Sing-Along with Clyde Leland

John Prine Sing-Along with Clyde Leland

Clyde Leland

Sunday, November 18th

Doors: 12:00 pm / Show: 1:00 pm

Free with Reservation

Free with Reservation

  • This event is free with reservation.
  • Reservations are limited to 2 tickets per person.
  • Reservations begin 10/21/18 at 12:30pm.

Carter Family Sing-Along
The Carter Family is generally regarded as the First Family of American country music. They first recorded in 1927 for Victor Records in Bristol, TN, as part of what is considered to be the "Big Bang" of country music. Their recordings of songs such as "Wabash Cannonball", "Can the Circle Be Unbroken", "Wildwood Flower", "Keep On the Sunny Side" and "I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes" made these songs country standards. The original group consisted of three people from rural Southwest Virginia: A.P. Carter, his wife Sara Carter, and his sister-in-law Maybelle Carter. In addition, Sara and Maybelle were first cousins. Maybelle is considered to be the originator of country-style guitar playing, and Sara’s rich alto voice has been a template for many women country singers. A.P. traveled throughout the Eastern mountains, collecting folksongs which they recorded (and which, consequently, made A.P. quite a good living through copyrights and publishing rights).

There is nothing that nurtures a sense of community and well-being like singing well-loved songs together. Laurie Lewis will lead this joyous sing-along, aided by Leah Wollenberg and young guitarist and singer Daisy Kerr. The trick will be trying to figure out which songs, among the hundreds the Carter Family recorded, to feature. There are too many gems to choose from!
Clyde Leland
Clyde Leland
Clyde Leland (Grampa Clyde) started singing songs with kids about 40 years ago when his own children were in pre-school. In 2015, while singing with his granddaughter’s class, he realized that singing with kids is more fun than teaching law students. So he left his job teaching Legal Ethics in law school to give more time to Sing Along with Grampa Clyde. In addition to practicing and teaching law and working as a legal affairs journalist, he has been a summer-camp song leader and a singer-songwriter performing throughout the Bay Area. A native San Franciscan, he lives in Berkeley.