The Old-Time Herald Volume 9, Number 1

Feature

The Triumph of an Independent Label Called Copper Creek

By Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.

Gary Reid of Copper Creek approached Ginny Hawker and Kay Justice with a tempting idea. “I heard one of their June Appal CDs,” Reid recalls, “and I think maybe the first or second track … was a Carter Family song. It just struck me … that they do this stuff so well that a whole album of Carter Family material would really be nice by them.” Hawker and Justice found the idea irresistible. Reid remembers the excitement of being present during the Bristol recording session. “It was a great experience,” he recalls. Hawker sang old Baptist hymns to clear her throat before each session. “None of that made it onto the CD, but that was wonderful just listening to her clear her pipes and get them in shape.”

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