So!!! I'm 57 years !!!:) I started saying I was a few months back so I wouldn't get weird about it:) So much to the point that when my birthday happened I thought I was 58!! Strange how we skip through our older years so gracefully. Thanks everybody for blowing out the candles with me this year! What a blast!!!:) Xoxo

Heading home to TN to do some singing with cousin Lorrie Bennett. Nothing like singing with family!! My sister in law Chrissie Breen Williams is here this week!:) Lots of laughs and good times. Deirdre, her daughter, left yesterday:( It's so much fun to share our valley with our loved ones.

Me and Elizabeth. She sings like an angel!!!


Spent a fun day with Elizabeth Cook!! I guess you could say we were Working on A Building!!! She's so special to me!

I'm really looking forward to finishing up my new CD!! It's coming right along, soon! Heading out to Nashville to have cousin Lorrie sing with me. And in a couple of weeks Ms. Elizabeth Cook is coming to CA to put her beautiful touch on some tracks! Love that gal! Lots more guests! TOP SECRET!! But I'll tell you that Tiffany and my sweetheart Joe Breen will be crooning too!!

Miss Kitty
She made being a honky tonk woman
a respectable occupation
She was a beautiful strong lady ALWAYS
The women who followed her tried their best because she showed us and paved the way for all of us Honky Tonk Angels to fly and strive to be like her
Graceful and full of love for the music
she made
Never had a conversation with her but
I will always honor what she brought us girls who heard what she sang to us
Love, CC

The recording went FANTASTIC!! 13 basic tracks. All Carter songs including Wildwood Rose and a new song I co-wrote with big Al (Anderson). I had been working on it and Al helped me finish the bridge in it. All the musicians were exceptional and of course Don is fabulous to work with. I loved every minute of it. Except of course I really really missed my Joe being there. He'll be around for the next part of it. Better be since I want him to sing on it. Having Tiffany there was great! She needed to be there, it's her heritage too!
Lots of love,

Long day in the studio. Having a quick bite with Gerry this evening! We're almost halfway through basic tracking! Couldn't be any better or more fun. Happy Weekend. Happy Memorial Day. Let's all remember those who have served to give us this blessed life living Free!

1st day in the studio!!! Great producer! Great Band! Great studio! Great music! Great Big Fun!


Today went great!!! Had a meeting for a couple of hours with Don Was which was real inspiring. Finalized our list of songs! Basically tomorrow the show really starts. All that was missing from my day was husband and doggies who I miss so much! Tiffany and I met up with a dear long time friend Marina and ate some Spanish food! Time for Jammies, it feels like Christmas Eve!
Love, Carlene


Tiffany is here in L.A. with me and tomorrow we start basic tracks. So excited to be working with my friend Gerry Wenner, who will be filming our process in making this music literally sing. Remember he directed most of my videos: I Fell in Love, Love Like This, Something Already Gone, I Love You Cause I Want To, and The Sweetest Thing. Going to be working with some excellent musicians including Don Was who has put together a great cast of guys to bring it all to life. He's one of my absolute favorite producers and bass players of all time. Joey's at home with his own project, Wounded Eagle Flying, which is coming along beautifully. So such is life for the Carter-Breens. And the cherry on top is having my gorgeous and talented daughter beside me!
Lots of love, Carlene

Thanks everybody for remembering my Momma... I think of her every day and miss her beautiful soul! This week I'm starting my new CD celebrating the music of The Carters. So here we go going! As my little blue-eyed, red-headed sweet mother used to say! Usually it was just before she was going on stage, but mostly when she was headed out shopping!

Carlene has often named Lorrie Morgan as one of her favorite singers, and Lorrie has returned the compliment in a new interview with The Citizens Voice, Wilkes-Barre, PA:

Making your professional debut at age 13 with your country-famous father at your side, at the Grand Ole Opry nonetheless, one might feel a tad too frightened to stray, musically speaking. Morgan insists that although her father may have had an influence on her career choice, it was Carlene Carter (daughter of June Carter Cash's first marriage to Carl Smith) who inspired her. "I was, and still am, a huge, huge Carlene Carter fan. In fact, the first songs I sang at the Opry, with my dad of course, were Carlene Carter's versions of material. Other than her I'd have to say it was Diana Ross & The Supremes."

Carlene and Lorrie made country music history with Pam Tillis in 1996, with what Country Weekly called "The first-ever all-female country supertour." You can read the complete article at

Carlene's father Carl Smith passed away on Saturday, January 16, at his home in Franklin, Tennessee at the age of 82. Visitation and funeral services were held on the following Monday and Tuesday, with many family members, friends, and fans attending to pay their respects. The service was officiated by Grand Ole Opry and WSM radio announcer Eddie Stubbs, who shared the podium with one of Mr. Smith's sons, followed by Kix Brooks (of Brooks & Dunn), who first asked Mr. Smith's long-time friend Little Jimmy Dickens to speak. All three told humorous and touching stories of the father and friend they knew and loved, with some of Mr. Smith's recordings played throughout, including a moving gospel number with The Carter Family.


Other stars at the visitation and funeral included Gail Davies and son Chris Scruggs, Ralph Emery, Vince Gill, Jan Howard, James Intveld, Jeannie Seely, Connie Smith and husband Marty Stuart; Carlene and many of her family including husband Joe Breen, children Tiffany and Jackson, sisters Lori Lynn Smith, Kathy and Cindy Cash, brothers Dean Smith, Carl Smith Jr., and John Carter Cash, cousin Lorrie Davis Bennett (daughter of Anita Carter), and many more.


The closed casket was surrounded by floral arrangements from family, friends, and fans including Jessi Colter and the family of Waylon Jennings, George Jones, C.C. Fan Club member Birgit Saehrendt in Germany, and the Franklin Police Department, SWAT, and K9 Units, with many of their officers present.


Also on display were photos of Mr. Smith's early career as a country singer, with wife Goldie Hill, and later images of the cowboy that he became when he retired from the music business to raise and show horses, all calling to mind something Mr. Smith was quoted as saying in 2003: "Call me lucky. Ever since I can remember I wanted to be a hillbilly singer and a cowboy. I was fortunate enough to do both of them."


As a "hillbilly singer," he placed 99 songs on Billboard magazine's country charts between 1951 and 1978 (with 30 in the top-ten, and five hitting #1), was a member of the Grand Ole Opry in the 1950s, starred on television and in films, earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and much more before retiring from show business in the late 1970s. Carl Smith was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2003, an honor many considered long overdue, though as Mr. Smith said at the time: "I appreciate it very much. I was afraid I was going to have to die before this happened."

Carlene Carter has never been much for politics, but apparently MSNBC's Keith Olbermann thinks one of her tunes sums up the dance between Congress and the auto executives. Here is a transcript from Wednesday night's show: OLBERMANN: "The last-minute push to punish the auto industry's unions and to give Republican senators something to bitch about, the bailout of Detroit or as Carlene Carter once sang, 'Never Together But Close Sometimes.'"

From 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

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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