Had a fun time visiting with my friend Paul Thorn at Tales & Ales. I just love this man! His songs are journeys and his voice makes you feel like you’re there.

 

Last night at The Franklin Theatre! Great night of music with Nick:-) Always great to see and spend an evening listening to some of my favorite music ever! My how we’ve all grown up!

 

Join a boat full of beautiful Outlaw people and set sail on the fifth annual Outlaw Country Cruise! Enjoy another year of musical heaven on the high seas and get onboard the Norwegian Pearl from January 29 through February 3, 2020 as it sails from Miami to Key West, Florida and Falmouth, Jamaica!  Carlene returns with many of her friends including The Mavericks, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, Elizabeth Cook, Bottle Rockets, Jim Lauderdale, NRBQ, Rosie Flores, and many more!  Click the pic below for all the details:

 

Our friend Dan Pounds made another fun video, this one for a song Carlene co-wrote and recorded with John Jorgenson, which first appeared on the 1992 compilation The Christmas Album - A Gift of Life, and has since been included on A Very Vancouver Christmas 5 in 2010.  Thanks, Dan!

 

After more than ten years living in California, Carlene Carter has returned to live in Nashville, the place where her familial and musical roots run deepest.  "Tennessee was calling me," she relates.

 

The daughter of country music greats and Nashville legends June Carter and Carl Smith and the stepdaughter of Johnny Cash, Carlene aims to pick up where she left off and become a vital member of the Nashville creative community.  That intent is underscored by a performance series at Nashville's legendary Bluebird Café that she's curating titled "Carlene Carter's Wonderful World of Women Who Write."  As the title indicates, she'll be joined on three Tuesdays in October by kindred female songwriters of note. 

 

The WWOWWW schedule is as follows:

Oct. 2 – with Lilly Hiatt and Elizabeth Cook

Oct. 16 – with Lauren Morrow and Pam Tillis

Oct. 30 – with Gretchen Peters and Matraca Berg

 

From her newly occupied residence in East Nashville, Carlene confides, "I was thinking about how we try to balance being women and all that entails as far as being partners in life and pursuing our creativity. It's a balancing act that only other women can fully appreciate."  As far as the upcoming series at the Bluebird is concerned, she says, "I really wanted to say, 'Hey, I'm back home and ready to embrace the sisterhood of songwriting.' I had really missed the collaborative aspect that Nashville offers -- it's a secret sisterhood with us girls rooting for each other."

 

After she started unpacking boxes and getting settled, she conceptualized the series and reached out to fellow women songwriters.  "Nobody said 'no' for any other reason than scheduling conflicts," she revealed.  The final line-up is a mix of long-standing friends and newer emerging talents.  "Pam and I came up together so we had that common bond of parents in the business and I've known Matraca for a long time, too. Elizabeth Cook and I became instant friends from the moment we met. I had known her music and her Welder album was the inspiration for me to recruit Don Was to produce my own Carter Girl album. Wouldn't you know it? She ended up singing on half of the album's tracks. I'm so thankful that Gretchen fitted in the date in the midst of her massive tour. She's so sweet."

 

Of her other "co-conspirators," she commented "I've known Lilly Hiatt's dad (John Hiatt) forever and I'd become aware of her for some time now. I really like what she's doing and we made an effort to include younger women in the series and she's certainly that. Lauren Morrow who has a new recording coming out right now told Pam and me that we were both influential so that's very flattering and she's terrific."

 

Carlene who grew up in Madison is delighted to be back home.  "I run into people I know on the street and feel more engaged in life now that I'm back. I'm in my 60s and don't want to miss anything! I find living in the mecca of live music to be really inspirational."  Another inducement for her return is the fact that 7 of her 8 grandchildren live in Nashville. 

 

As far as the title for the series, apart from her admiration for the other artists who are joining her, she claims, "I'm a frickin' Wonder Woman because I'm still alive!"  And she's loving life in Nashville.

 

Reservations will be available on a pre-paid basis for $25.00 one week ahead of each show date at www.bluebirdcafe.com

 

Thank you to our good friend and original Fan Club member Patrick Hnidka, who sent us this picture. He said the category was "Hi, Mom" (in honor of Mother's Day on Sunday), and that in answering this question, "One of the women said 'Rosanne Cash' and then the guy answered 'June Carter Cash'!"

 

Carlene's 5th album, C'est C Bon, originally released by Epic Records in 1983, has just been reissued on CD by the UK label Floating World Records. Lyndon Bolton in No Depression magazine wrote: "C'est C Bon has value for three reasons, all united by the perspective time brings; It shows just how far Carter has come to reach her deserved position among country’s great artists, it demonstrates her versatility, particularly vocally, and it is a fascinating glimpse into the way she immersed herself in the early 1980’s UK music scene."

 

 

Happy Birthday to my amazing Father who was the hero of my youth! I miss his laugh, his smile, his eyes, his voice, his wisdom and his love! On the long cattle drive in heaven! I love you Daddy! This favorite picture of mine was taken 40 years ago this week when I released my “Carlene Carter” album! In Nashville at my launch party:-) Played the Exit/In with the Rumour! He was front row with my step momma Goldie and we were LOUD!

 

 

40 years ago today, Carlene's self-titled debut album was released on Warner Bros. Records (and tapes!)  Pictured here are the promotional poster sent to record stores, the album, 12 inch single, several 7 inch singles released in the US and Europe, press photo, and record company magazine declaring Carlene "The Face to Watch in '78."

 

Carlene is seen here at Cash Cabin studio recording "June's Sundown" for a new album of 16 songs by many great artists, created from previously unknown poetry, lyrics, and letters of "Big John." Available everywhere on April 6, you can pre-order here now: Johnny Cash: Forever Words. Back in April of last year, Carlene posted this picture below and wrote: "With my brother John Carter Cash working on the Forever Words upcoming CD. Got to write music for a poem my step daddy John Cash wrote many years ago. Was such an amazing spiritual visit of him right with me at the piano:-) Thanks to all the musicians here who made it spectacularly FUN!!"

 

Thank you very much to our friend Dan Pounds for making this fun video with Carlene and family including husband Joe, daughter Tiffany, son Jackson, and granddaughter Luna! Carlene wrote the song with "Big Al" Anderson, and it came out on the Giant Country Christmas CD back in 1994!

 

It was November in Nashville; the sky was grey the streets were wet, and I was in a hurry to get where I was going! And like always, I had the radio on, not quite at my usual blasting volume, but I could hear it in case something whispered... Turn me up!

Back in September I had turned 21, already with two husbands under my belt, two amazing kids to inspire the fire in me to get on with “it.” It was, that night, I was driving into “town” to “Writer’s Night” at the Exit In. All week I had prayed for a chance to play a new song I had written, so I was excited and running on the promise of that chance. As I pulled into the parking lot off Elliston Place, I heard a sound from my stereo that struck me like lightning! I knew I was running late, but I had a feeling I needed to listen on...

Click to read the full article on Innocent Words

I have been so deeply sad for the passing of my friend Tom Petty.
There have been a lot of comments sent to me and I’ll get to them and will respond soon.
I am still reeling from the reality that I’ll never see him face to face on this earth again:-)
God bless his family and his brothers The Heartbreakers.
Everywhere I go people say, ”You knew Tom?”
I say that I was honored to have known him since we first met in 1978.
It was Denny Cordell who put us in a room with a couple of guitars and said, "You two kids behave yourselves and have fun!"
I just wish I could’ve spent time with him since Howie passed away, I had not seen or spoken to him... but I always loved him.
I saw this article and thought it a beautiful tribute to just one of his masterpieces:-)

Carlene sings on this track from the debut album (Racing Time) of the trio DWNTWN, whose lead singer/writer, Jamie Leffler, is the daughter of Carlene's long-time partner, the late Howie Epstein. From their bio: DWNTWN’s expansive artistic palette recalls the transcendently textured indie rock of Modest Mouse and Beach House, and the heartfelt sincerity of classic 1970s Laurel Canyon folk and early country, a la The Carter Family... Racing Time concludes with a stunning rendition of Anita Carter’s 1960s chestnut “As The Sparrow Goes,” featuring a guest appearance by Jamie’s stepmother, Carlene Carter. Here, Carlene’s richly expressive vocals beautifully complement Jamie’s dreamy singing. On the heels of the release of DWNTWN's masterful debut, Jamie is reflective. A moment that stands out to her in making the album is sharing her music with her stepmother. Jamie says: “It felt really good to reconnect. She told me: ‘I want you to know your dad would have been so proud of you.’”

 

Carlene is guest blogger on the Birthplace of Country Music website today with an article she wrote about her mother on her birthday.  Click the picture to go to their site and read:

I met an amazing man here in Oregon and he gave me a gift of something he made up on the Kilcher homestead! It’s a bracelet that I can use in an emergency to start a fire or just wear as a fashion piece of jewelry! He is the star of Alaska: The Last Frontier and father of the beautiful and talented Jewel! What a wonderful time we all have had with her and her Daddy these past two days, in Portland last night and Bend, Oregon tonight! Hope to do it again sometime soon! Thank you Jewel! Much love and blessings to you. Love and light shines out of you girl!
Love Carlene

Carlene's new album with John Mellencamp won't be out until Friday, April 28, but in the meantime you can hear it in its entirety on NPR's First Listen!

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More info on Calendar!

  • 07/08/2019
    Johnny Cash's Kitchen & Saloon - Nashville, TN
     
  • 08/13/2019
    American Legion Post 82 - Nashville, TN
     
  • 08/24/2019
    Country Weekend - Bergen Travpark, Norway
     
  • 09/16/2019
    Dogwood Center For Performing Arts - Fremont, MI
     
  • 09/18/2019
    Buskirk-Chumley Theater - Bloomington, IN
     

C'est C Bon on CD in UK!

Sad Clowns & Hillbillies with John Mellencamp!

Carter Girl CD on Sale!

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