Welcome to the website of Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Carlene Carter, daughter of country music legends June Carter and Carl Smith, stepdaughter of Johnny Cash, and granddaughter of "Mother" Maybelle Carter of the original Carter Family.

Carlene's own career started in the late 1970s when she went to England to record her acclaimed self-titled debut album (with Graham Parker and the Rumour), and Musical Shapes (with Nick Lowe and Rockpile).  She co-wrote hit songs for Emmylou Harris ("Easy From Now On") and The Doobie Brothers ("One Step Closer"), shared the Top 40 Pop duet "I Couldn't Say No" with Robert Ellis Orrall, then "came home to country" in the 1990s with hits like "I Fell in Love," "Come On Back," "Every Little Thing," and her own TV shows on VH1 and TNN.

Following her 2008 Stronger CD (which Elvis Costello called "astounding"), Carlene Carter returned in 2014 with a tribute to the timeless music of her historic family that critics hailed as "a triumph," "masterpiece," "an album for the ages," and "really quite perfect."  Rolling Stone called her "one of pop music’s long-missed characters, now back again."  But while she is often referred to as "country music royalty," she simply calls herself (and the album) Carter Girl.

Starting in January 2015, Carlene was Special Guest on the John Mellencamp Plain Spoken Tour, playing in sold-out theaters across the United States and Canada.  A second tour followed in 2017 along with a new album, Sad Clowns and Hillbillies, including material by both singer-songwriters.  Below she performs "Damascus Road," one of her new songs from the album.

 

 

 

Black and white photo above by Marc Hauser.

Background photo Interlaken, Switzerland by Carlene Carter.

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NPR's Ask Me Another at TPAC in Nashville!

More info on Calendar!

  • 05/23/2019
    TPAC - James K. Polk Theater - Nashville, TN
     
  • 05/29/2019
    Country Music Hall of Fame - Nashville, TN
     
  • 05/31/2019
    Ozark Folk Center State Park - Mountain View, AR
     
  • 06/07/2019
    Nashville Palace - Nashville, TN
     
  • 08/13/2019
    American Legion Post 82 - Nashville, TN
     

C'est C Bon on CD in UK!

Sad Clowns & Hillbillies with John Mellencamp!

Carter Girl CD on Sale!

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