Silent Autoharp

Monnie Ryan

MINERAL RIDGE, United States

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Arguably, most folks will recognize the Autoharp because of the talents of the late “Mother” Maybelle Carter of country music’s original first family, the Carters, and mother of the late June Carter Cash. Not a harp but a chorded zither, the term Autoharp was registered as a trademark in 1926, according to various online sources. This particular instrument is part of historic artifacts in the Berkeley Springs Castle, a private home and National Historic Site in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, that my husband Jack and I had the privilege of visiting last year with our friend Amanda. Seeing it reminded me of the classic “Wabash Cannonball,” written by William Kindt and A.P. Carter, brother of Mother Maybelle’s husband Ezra.

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