Martha Lou Carson

Born: May 19, 1921
Neon, KY, USA

Donna Chapel (Martha's niece, Tammy Wynette was her step-mother) , Jean Chapel (Sister) , Don Chapel ( Martha's little brother & former husband of Tammy Wynette ) , Berthy Amburgey (Berthy Woodruff, aka, Minnie), Irene Amburgey (Martha Carson, aka, Martha), and Opal Jean Amburgey (Jean Chapel, aka, Mattie), born in that order, went on to form one of the very first all sister female string bands "The Sunshine Sisters" in the country. In a male dominated age, these three pioneers blazed a trail in music history. In 1936 three sisters, the Amburgey Sisters, were pioneers in the country and gospel field with the first all female string bands in history. From the coalfields of Kentucky they rivaled the famed Carter family. The Amburgey sisters, later known as: Martha Carson, Jean Chapel, and Berthy Woodruff (Garcia), would help develop the direction of music for the next several decades.

A member of the Grand Ole Opry, Martha Lou Carson gained her popularity through the Renfro Valley Barn Dance in Kentucky, as well as radio shows and state fairs around the country. After television became accessible, she met much success on 50's country-variety programs. She recorded for many major labels. For a time, she tried her hand at easy-listening, and later she again changed to gospel. She is considered one of the first country music queens.

Martha Carson is still recording and writing songs and performing. Martha is still in great demand. She is still an explosion, as Steve Allen referred to her.

Thanks so much to Stingray for contributing information for this biography.

Instruments Played / Skills:
Vocals Songwriter Guitar

Conventional Country Easy Listening

Martha Lou Carson Has Worked With:
James Carson Chet Atkins Rusty Goodman
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