• Carlene Carter, Daughter of the Country Legends, Coming to the Cape

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    Singer-songwriter Carlene Carter, daughter of country music legends June Carter Cash and Carl Smith, and granddaughter of “Mother” Maybelle Carter of the original Carter Family, is coming to the Cultural Center of Cape Cod on August 31, at 8pm.

    Carlene will perform a range of songs including those from her new album, Carter Girl, released in April 2014 to great acclaim. Tickets are $35. Seats can be reserved at the Cultural Center at 307 Old Main St., South Yarmouth, or by calling 508-394-7100. For more information about the Center and the concert, visit www.cultural-center.org.

    Carlene Carter started her own career in the late 1970s, recording acclaimed country rock albums with the best of the new-wave rock musicians in England, then hit the U.S. country charts in the early 1990s with her Grammy nominated I Fell In Love album, and the international hit single “Every Little Thing.”

    She is back again with a tribute to the timeless music of her historic family that is being called a triumph, a masterpiece, and the album of her life. Carter Girl is Carlene’s personal homage to her Carter Family roots and to the ethos that has been the foundation of much of America’s music for almost 90 years.

    The album has already won widespread praise: USA TODAY Album of the Week; #1 Top Folk DJ Albums, #4 Song & Artist; #3 UK Country Albums debut; #6 Americana Radio; Billboard Top 40 Country Albums debut.

    Carlene says it has been her lifelong goal to make this record. “The songs on the album cover three generations of Carter Family music,” she notes.  In fact, she shares writing credit with A.P. Carter on “Lonesome Valley 2003,” an updating of the Carter Family patriarch’s “Lonesome Valley” that reflects the loss of Carlene’s mother, sister and stepfather eleven years ago.

    The album’s first track, just out, is “Little Black Train,” that was first recorded by The Carter Family in 1935.

    The album revisits both classic Carter Family repertoire as well as original songs that relate to Carlene’s connection with her musical and familial roots. Willie Nelson guests on “Troublesome Waters” and Kris Kristofferson joins Carlene on “Black Jack David” while the unmistakable voice of Vince Gill is heard harmonizing on “Lonesome Valley 2003.”

    “Blackie’s Gunman” is a duet with Elizabeth Cook, whom Carlene calls her “adopted sister.” Cook is heard on six of the album’s twelve tracks. The participation of Lorrie Carter Bennett, daughter of Anita Carter, as well as Joe Breen, Carlene’s husband, underscores the continuing Carter Family connective tissue that the album celebrates.

    Musicians on the Carter Girl sessions that took place last year in Los Angeles and Nashville include Jim Keltner, Rami Jaffee, Greg Leisz, Sam Bush, Mickey Rafael, Blake Mills as well as producer Don Was on bass.

    The guitar of the late ‘Cowboy’ Jack Clement is heard on “Ain’t Gonna Work Tomorrow” and there are vocal contributions from generations past — Carlene’s aunts Helen and Anita Carter as well as June Carter Cash and Johnny Cash on the chorus of “I Ain’t Gonna Work Tomorrow“– that make Carter Girl an evocative collection, bringing music history and the roots of today’s Americana movement to life for contemporary listeners.

    Carlene is well aware that she is doing her part to honor those who came before her in her own way.  “From the day I first touched a guitar or piano,” she recalls, “My mom said, ‘You have to carry on the legacy of the Carter Family music. It’s supposed to be passed on and passed around.'”

    Nearly a century after the Carter Family’s first recordings changed the course of American music, that circle remains not only unbroken but strengthened by Carlene Carter, who is forever and most happily, a Carter Girl.



    “On Carter Girl Carlene Carter has confronted the mighty legacy of the Carter Family’s songbook and allowed it to strengthen her music rather than buckling under its weight, and this ranks with her finest recorded work to date.” -Mark Deming

    Carter Girl is as strong as anything Carter has ever recorded.” -Ken Tucker

    “Unashamedly traditional: committed, personal, and really quite perfect.” -Sylvie Simmons

    “Like the songs she’s recorded, this is an album for the ages.” Michael McCall

    “Carlene Carter’s new album Carter Girl (Rounder), a tribute to the musical heritage of her fabled family, is a triumph.” -Michael Sigman

    “This may be the best record this Carter girl has ever made. “ -Stuart Munro

    “A joyous, spiritual celebration…Leave it to this Carter girl and her colleagues to do the family proud.” -Lee Zimmerman

    “Nearly a century after the Carter Family’s first recordings changed the course of American music, that circle remains not only unbroken, but strengthened by Carlene Carter, who is forever and most happily, a Carter Girl.” -Troy Michael

    “In short, this Carter girl is officially back on the scene, with a spectacular new album to share, one well-grounded in her musical DNA and on a lookout for the future”. -Joe Woodard

    “Carlene Carter has made the album of her life, and to hear her find herself so completely is a near-religious experience.” -Bill Bentley

    July 31, 2014