Janette Carter

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Janette Carter
Carter in 2005
Carter in 2005
Background information
Born(1923-07-02)July 2, 1923
Maces Spring, Virginia, U.S.
DiedJanuary 22, 2006(2006-01-22) (aged 82)
Kingsport, Tennessee, U.S.
GenresGospel, country
Instrument(s)Autoharp, vocals
Years active1939–1940, 1952–1956

Janette Carter (July 2, 1923 – January 22, 2006),[1] daughter of musicians A.P. and Sara Carter, was an American musician involved in the preservation of Appalachian music.

Carter was born on July 2, 1923, in Maces Spring, Virginia.[2] She and her brother Joe performed with their parents on a series of recordings for the Acme label.[3] Janette and Joe later recorded material together consisting of works they had written and songs previously recorded by members of the Carter family.[4]

In 1976, Carter and community members built an 880-seat amphitheater, the Carter Family Fold, beside the A. P. Carter Store which her father had operated after the Carter Family had disbanded as a musical group. The Carter Family Fold attracts more than 50,000 visitors a year.[5] Carter performed there weekly, until shortly before she died.[6]

Carter had three children with her first husband, James Jett: Donald William, Rita Janette, and James Delaney (Dale).[7] She died on January 22, 2006, in Kingsport, Tennessee, after battling Parkinson's disease and other illnesses.[8] She was buried next to her mother, Sara Carter Bayes, and her brother, Joe, at the Mount Vernon United Methodist Church Cemetery in Maces Spring.

Grave of Janette Carter between her mother and brother, Joe

Carter is a recipient of a 2005 National Heritage Fellowship awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts, which is the United States' highest honor in the folk and traditional arts,[9] in recognition for her lifelong advocacy for the performance and preservation of Appalachian music.[10]


  1. ^ "Carter, Janette". LC Name Authority File. Library of Congress. July 20, 2016. Retrieved January 7, 2022.
  2. ^ McCloud, Barry (1995). Definitive Country: The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Country Music and Its Performers (First ed.). New York: Berkley Publishing Group. pp. 141–142. ISBN 9780399518904. OCLC 30735303.
  3. ^ Long Steel Rail: The Railroad in American Folksong. University of Illinois Press. 2000. ISBN 9780252068812.
  4. ^ "Folk Review". Folk review. 1976.
  5. ^ "Janette Carter: Country musician, advocate". www.arts.gov. National Endowment for the Arts. n.d. Retrieved January 5, 2021.
  6. ^ "Notebook". Time. Vol. 167, no. 6. February 6, 2006. p. 19.
  7. ^ "James Jett". Bristol Herald Courier. Bristol, Virginia. January 26, 2007. Retrieved June 5, 2022.
  8. ^ "Janette Carter, 82, Carter Family musician". The New York Times (Late ed.). January 24, 2006. p. B8.
  9. ^ "NEA National Heritage Fellowships 2005". www.arts.gov. National Endowment for the Arts. Archived from the original on May 21, 2020. Retrieved January 5, 2021.
  10. ^ "In Memoriam: Janette Carter (1923–2006)". National Endowment for the Arts. Archived from the original on September 25, 2012. Retrieved February 2, 2022.

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