From NPR.org: Country singer and songwriter Carlene Carter is a third-generation member of country music's First Family. The Carters were extraordinarily prolific: Carlene's grandmother, "Mother" Maybelle Carter, along with A.P. and Sara Carter, cut some of the first commercially successful country music in the border town of Bristol, Tenn./Va., back in 1927. Those landmark sessions -- and Bristol's rich history -- are now preserved by the non-profit group The Birthplace of Country Music Alliance, which invited Mountain Stage to record in Bristol for a third consecutive year. The daughter of June Carter and her first husband, rockabilly singer Carl Smith, Carlene Carter is heard here in a special appearance in the historic border city, where she performs selections from her first new record in 12 years, Stronger. Listen now on NPR.org

It has just been announced that Carlene Carter, now one of the senior performing members of the first family of country music, will be opening for Elvis Costello at the Ryman (in Nashville, TN) on April 23. Carter's ties to Costello go back at least three decades, when her ex-husband Nick Lowe was producing Elvis' albums. Carter, meanwhile, is set to release her first album of new material in more than a decade on March 4. Titled Stronger and produced by longtime associate John McFee (of Doobie Brothers fame), the record reflects on the Job-like series of losses she endured in 2003, including the deaths of four of her closest loved ones during an eight-month span. From The Tennessean.

Nearly 30 years after her first album in June 1978, Carlene Carter is back with her new CD Stronger, which debuted at #69 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, her first appearance there since her last studio release, Little Acts Of Treason, peaked at #65 in 1995. Her highest-charting album was I Fell In Love, which made the Top 20 at #19 in 1990. CMT News reported the Billboard debut with: "making its bow is Carlene Carter's potent package, Stronger," and with Jo Dee Messina as the highest-charting new song, added: "It's good to see Jo Dee and Carlene back, isn't it? Those women can rock." The March 24 issue of Country Weekly reviewed Stronger with the latest Alan Jackson CD, giving both 3 1/2 stars and saying: "In country music, wandering spirits can always come home again."

Carlene Carter is recording a bonus track that will be available only on line in conjunction with her new CD Stronger. Yep Roc Records is offering the download to anyone who purchases a hard copy of Carter's first CD in 13 years. An authorization code will be inserted into the CD enabling buyers to go to the Yep Roc web site to download "When the Long Road Ends," a song penned by Paul Thorn and Billy Maddox. The song will be available on street date (March 4, 2008). From Country Standard Time.

The songs on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend reveal a blossoming songwriter whose gifts continue to expand, as well as a singer with impeccable taste in material. Lambert again wrote or co-wrote the bulk of the album's songs -- eight of the eleven tracks -- but she also interprets the work of some of the world's finest writers, including Gillian Welch, Patty Griffin, and Carlene Carter... As for the modern classic "Easy From Now On" (written by Carlene and Susanna Clark) which closes Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Lambert says: "That's a ridiculously great song. My favorite line is 'Don't worry about me/I got a wild card up my sleeve.' It's been recorded a few times before, but I don't think you can ever hear it enough." From Miranda Lambert Bio/Song Info.

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