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On Border Radio - 1939: Vol. 1

On Border Radio - 1939: Vol. 1

In 1938 and 1939, the first family of American country music, the Carter Family, recorded transcriptions for radio broadcast on Mexican border radio stations. The recordings featured A.P. Carter, his wife Sara, sister-in-law Maybelle, A.P. and Sara’s daughter Janette (listed as Jeanette in the liner notes), and Maybelle’s three children, Helen, June, and Anita. In 1963, 17 transcription discs were discovered at station XET in Monterrey, Mexico. In 1995, Arhoolie Records released three CDs containing material from the 17 discs.

In Volume 1, the Carters perform their signature theme, “Keep on the Sunny Side,” to open their broadcasts and sing a mix of country, western, and gospel songs including “Single Girl, Married Girl,” a song they first recorded in 1927.

Track Listing

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XET Station Break, Introduction, Theme Song / The Wandering Boy The Carter Family 2:40
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102
I Wonder How The Old Folks Are At Home / In the Highways The Carter Family 3:14
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103
Room For You And Me The Carter Family 1:32
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104
Cumberland Gap/Lonesome Valley The Carter Family 2:29
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105
Just Another Broken Heart The Carter Family 1:00
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106
Darling We Are Growing Older / The Old Texas Trail The Carter Family 3:31
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107
Cowboy's Wild Song To His Herd / Maple on the Hill The Carter Family 3:10
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108
New River Train / Lover's Lane The Carter Family 2:47
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109
My Sweetheart Is A Poor Working Girl / Waves of the Sea The Carter Family 2:54
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110
On The Sea Of Galilee The Carter Family 1:29
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111
The Curtains Of Night The Carter Family 1:35
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112
Just a Few More Days The Carter Family 2:23
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113
Theme Out & XET Station Break The Carter Family 1:18
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114
Intro & Theme / When Our Lord Shall Come Again The Carter Family 2:33
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115
The Happiest Days Of All The Carter Family 1:23
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116
Bye and Bye / We Shall Rise The Carter Family 3:18
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117
Engine 143 / Jealous Hearted Me The Carter Family 3:18
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118
Untitled / What Would You Give in Exhange for Your Soul The Carter Family 2:50
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119
Beautiful Brown Eyes & Sweet Fern The Carter Family 2:36
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120
I Have No Loving Mother Now The Carter Family 2:02
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121
Western Hobo The Carter Family 1:47
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122
Single Girl, Married Girl The Carter Family 2:00
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123
I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes The Carter Family 1:30
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124
The Sun's Gonna Shine in My Back Door Someday - Give Me the Roses While I Live The Carter Family 2:49
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125
You Denied Your Love The Carter Family 2:12
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126
No Telephone In Heaven The Carter Family 2:25
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127
Theme Out & XET Station Break The Carter Family 1:10

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