The Carter Family - Wildwood Flower
This recording—probably one of the most famous traditional American country recordings—is from 1928, well before my mother was born, though the song itself is even older, dating back to 1860.
Listen to that guitar: you recognize that “folkie” sound? Well, Maybelle invented that style, my friend. The Carter Family’s music was hugely influential in the late ’20s and ’30s (and they sold hundreds of thousands of records at a time when the recording industry was barely established), and filtered through Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, it has continued to shape music all the way through to today.