Setting out to debunk a rumor that has dogged them ever since their 2009 chart debut, brothers Josh and Zach of pop-country duo the Carter Twins clarified today that they are in no way related to country music’s historic Carter Family, all musical similarities notwithstanding.
“When people hear our plaintive harmonies, somber ballads, and unadorned ‘scratch’ style of guitar playing, they just assume that we’re the latest iteration of the Carter Family, or that we coasted to C-list stardom on our family name. But, believe it or not, we are completely unrelated to A.P. and Maybelle,” said the twin with the faux-hawk.
“We can produce birth records if need be,” said the other, who favors combed-down hair and metrosexual vests. “We know a lot of people will have trouble taking us at our word on this, since it’s a stretch to think that two acts with the same name and such uncannily similar musical styles would be no blood relation. But alas, it is true. We descend from a different line.”
“We totally respect the Carter Family legacy, though,” the twins offered in unison.
Josh and Zach are currently working on a follow-up to “Heart Like Memphis,” which was widely panned by critics as a mindless rehash of the Carter Family’s 1928 hit “Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow.”