25 years ago today, Carlene's 6th solo album was released, and went on to have 4 Top-40 singles on the Billboard charts, and be named one of the best albums of the year in many publications including Time magazine, plus earn Carlene a Grammy nomination for Best Country Vocal Performance, Female! Read all about it on the Innocent Words website!

 

Carlene's long-time friend Karen Brooks posted this drawing on Carlene's Facebook page and wrote: "Carlene Carter I was doodling today and there you were! Hi sista!" She later responded to the compliments on her work: "If I were to try to do this it would not be as good. I do have someone else in there who really nails it if I stay out of the way. This really is Carlene at the time I met her back in '77. She is still beautiful. Always will be to me." When Carlene saw the drawing, she wrote: "My dear friend Karen Brooks made this from memory of a 22 year old CC! She knows me well and is so talented in every way."

 

My dressing room at Fox Theater in Atlanta last night was my dream dressing room! Thank you Atlanta for a great show! It's all because of the audience that a show has its own unique feel! Last night was amazing like each person who came out to see us! Love from me and Joe Xox
PS: I'm the tiny little elf like person sitting in the princess' chair in case you have trouble finding me!

Carlene's favorite uncle, Don Davis, passed away on Monday, March 9 after suffering a stroke on Friday. He was the father of Carlene's cousin Lorrie Davis Bennett, having been married to her mother Anita Carter. Hearing the news, Carlene wrote: "I'm tore up. I hate this has to happen. As we get older, the people we learned from and leaned upon leave us here. I know Aunt Nita, Momma and Helen will be so happy to be with him."

 

Starting when he was just a teen, Mr. Davis became one of the youngest and most in-demand musicians in the early days of the Grand Ole Opry, playing steel guitar both on stage and over 3,000 records with everyone from Minnie Pearl to Hank Williams, then as music producer for Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and many others, plus arranger, publisher, and television host. In 1997 he was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, and released his memoir, Nashville Steeler: My Life in Country Music, in 2012.

 

Carlene wrote: "My Uncle Don Davis was the sweetest funniest man in the world. He always made us girls laugh and I loved every moment I spent with him. Incredibly talented musician and was successful in everything he put his hand to. An amazing father to Lorrie and Jay and to me he always had a smile and a loving hug no matter how old I was. I loved him dearly. He will be missed by us all who knew him. Even though death is a natural part of life it always hurts those left behind."

 

Photo courtesy of Lorrie

She taught me so much about being a woman.
Also her wicked sense of humor I got from her! Always playing around with us kids by jumping out and scaring us to death.
Then that unforgettable laugh would make us laugh too! She loved my Daddy so deeply and
was certainly the only example I had of what a great marriage looked like before Momma married John.
I always say I had 2 beautiful mothers.
Goldie was that inside and out:-)
Miss her everyday and loved her dearly.

In between my set and going out to sing with John Mellencamp! What a gorgeous theater Connor Palace Performing Arts Center in Cleveland, Ohio! Wonderfully extra special night:-)

Hi! After the Ryman, out by the bus, in my jammies, ready to roll, and it was amazing, amazing to come back here and play two nights at the Ryman, with Mr. John Mellencamp, and to sing songs that I wrote about Momma, and sing Grandma's songs, and that's really being a Carter Girl. I got to be a Carter Girl, big time, the last two nights.

Me and John Carter Cash last night at the Ryman. Big time we had!! Looking forward to tonight!! Photo by our friend Vicki Langdon.

 

Carlene Carter dropped by The Tribune to record two Press Play videos before her concert with John Mellencamp at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend, Indiana. Here she performs "Little Black Train" and "It Takes One To Know Me." Videos by the South Bend Tribune photo staff.

 

 

Had a thought of a fun thing for the fan club.  Just curious what people would pick for songs they'd like to hear at the shows this tour.  If they had 8 songs, what would they pick?  Could be fun and it might help me decide on my final set list.  Want to see how on the mark I am with what I think they like HaHa!  Love you all, Carlene

 

Please list your top 8 songs for Carlene in the comments section here!

God Bless Little Jimmy Dickens RIP.
He was an amazing man and I loved him dearly.
He was one of my Daddy's best friends and I know Daddy'll be so happy to see him on the other side.
Pray for Miss Mona Dickens his wife.
Love from the Carters and the Smiths

 

Let's all have a beautiful Holiday and a great 2015!!

 

From our friend Robin Reed: Carlene Carter stopped by the Pacific View Mall in Ventura, CA to support the Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association's 30th annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Me and hub were at Target next door and got there early where the ever gracious and warm Carlene and I talked a little and I got a couple pics of us. Oh, what a thrill! It's been since the early 80's I'd gone and seen her and I was so excited and grateful for her time!

 

Then notaries like the Police Chief, Fire Chief and Administrative and nursing staff read those that had passed in their hospice care. Carlene shared about her mom and Rosey her sister. It was a sweet but serious group. After the names were read Carlene got up and did an impromptu perfect "Give Me the Roses" from the Carter Girl album with her rich and beautiful voice. Lots of folks in the mall just stopped and listened when they heard her singing. Next she and her husband did "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" and her husband singing bass and just right for the ending to the ceremony. What a blessing and what a good heart Carlene has. Her voice sounded awesome and she was so very kind and fun, even after just getting off touring. And soon, she will be out on the road for 80 dates opening for John Mellencamp. Thank you Carlene! You go C.C.!

 

Did I post this selfie? "Angel waiting in the wings" at the Peabody Opera House y'all!

 

Carlene's Carter Girl CD was named the best Americana album of 2014 by Sylvie Simmons of MOJO magazine! In her original 5-star review following the album's release in April, Ms. Simmons wrote: "This is unashamedly traditional: committed, personal and really quite perfect."

Ghost Brothers in Toronto Tuesday night! Get your tickets and come see this amazing show written by Stephen King and music composed by John Mellencamp. Set in Mississippi Delta it's a ghost story with infectious songs! Incredible cast!! I play Angie, a guardian angel of sorts and bartender of the Dreamland Café, a/k/a purgatory. My character’s job is to get Joe McCandless, played by the wonderful Billy Burke to "move on."

 

Here's a little bit of a clip from the news about Ghost Brothers. If you watch the whole thing you'll see an angel giving Billy Burke a hard time while smiling of course:-) Click this link to watch: Fox 22 WFVX Bangor.

Ghost Brothers opening night went fantastico! The cast rule!!! Here I am with Jessie's guitar wearing Zydeco's hat!

 

Carlene Carter is set to take the stage as part of the touring company of Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, the southern gothic, supernatural musical that is playing venues across North America this month and next.

 

Ghost Brothers of Darkland County was written by author Stephen King, with music by John Mellencamp, and musical direction by T Bone Burnett. It stars actor/writer/producer Billy Burke (The Twilight Saga) and actress/writer/singer Gina Gershon (Killer Joe, House of Versace, Boeing, Boeing) playing the lead roles of Joe McCandless and Monique McCandless.

 

Carter, who has most recently been touring in support of her critically acclaimed Carter Girl album released by Rounder Records earlier this year, plays “Angie,” a character she describes as “a guardian angel of sorts and bartender of the Dreamland Café, a/k/a purgatory.” In a conversation from Orono, Maine where the production is currently in intensive rehearsals, she noted, “My character’s job is to get Joe McCandelss, played by the wonderful Billy Burke to ‘move on.’” She’ll also be lending vocal support to various cast members over the course of the Ghost Brothers performances that launch this weekend in Orono and go on to dates in Toronto, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco plus twelve other markets (see below).  

 

Despite a blizzard that shut down electrical power in the cast’s hotel earlier this week (“seems like a good premise for a Stephen King story,” she quipped), Carlene is thoroughly enjoying her return to the theater, having worked earlier in her career in the London West End production of Pump Boys and Dinettes and in the Nashville-produced musical Wildwood Flowers in which she starred in the role of June Carter Cash, her own mother. “Gina and Billy are awesome and the whole cast is truly stellar as is director Susan Booth,” she commented. “I’m honored to be part of the whole Ghost Brothers experience and the passion that Stephen and John have brought to the piece is truly inspiring to me.” Carlene was recruited to join the Ghost Brothers touring company by Mellencamp on whose Plain Spoken North American tour she will be special guest over the course of 80 dates next January to August.

 

Ghost Brothers of Darkland County is a collaboration 16 years in the making, and blend of unique musical and staging styles. Throughout the production, the eerie blues ‘n’ roots music reveals the inner workings of the characters as opposed to just propelling the play’s narrative, with only a few songs directly advancing the plot. The haunting tale of fraternal love, lust, jealousy and revenge, begins with Joe McCandless reflecting on a past tragedy involving his two older brothers battling over a girl which ended in the unfortunate deaths of all three. Now with Joe as an adult and two boys of his own, he’s watching an all too familiar scenario play out before his eyes. With his sons at each other’s throats, Joe’s story will either save or destroy the McCandless family.

 

Ghost Brothers of Darkland County performance dates:

 

Nov 8 Orono, ME Collins Center For The Arts

Nov 9 Orono, ME Collins Center For The Arts

Nov 11 Toronto, ON Massey Hall

Nov 13 Philadelphia, PA Merriam Theatre

Nov 14 Durham, NC Durham Performing Arts Center

Nov 15 Washington, DC Warner Theatre

Nov 16 Baltimore, MD The Modell Performing Arts Center at the LYRIC

Nov 18 Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Theatre

Nov 20 Portland, ME Merrill Auditorium

Nov 21 Boston, MA Emerson Colonial Theatre

Nov 22 Providence, RI The VETS

Nov 24 New York, NY Beacon Theatre

Nov 26 Detroit, MI Fisher Theatre

Nov 28 Chicago, IL Broadway in Chicago’s Oriental Theatre

Nov 29 St. Louis, MO Peabody Opera House

Dec 1 Denver, CO Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre

Dec 3 Phoenix, AZ Orpheum Theatre

Dec 4 Los Angeles, CA Saban Theatre

Dec 5 San Francisco, CA SHN Curran Theatre

Dec 6 San Francisco, CA SHN Curran Theatre

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More Info on Calendar!

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    International Trucker & Country Festival - Interlaken,
     
  • 06/30/2018
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  • 08/23/2018
    Minnesota State Fair - Minneapolis, MN
     
  • 08/24/2018
    Minnesota State Fair - Minneapolis, MN
     
  • 10/05/2018
    Wallenstein Theater - Big Bend Community College - Moses Lake, WA
     

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