My amazing friend Don Was just sent me this! He's playing the bass my Daddy gave me and I passed it on to my favorite bass player in the world! Love you Don and Daddy (Carl) would be most pleased:-)

UK writer Terry Staunton posted on his Facebook page: "Had a lovely little chat with Dave Edmunds earlier today, for a piece I'm writing about country duets."  Dave told him: "Singing with Carlene was the most fun I've had singing any song – ever! We would do Baby Ride Easy at any and every possible opportunity. We would have stopped people on the street to play it. I loved the way she would gaze up at me while I was singing my lines, I always got the feeling that every time we sang it we would fall in love with each other for three-and-a-half minutes. I haven't seen her for many years, but I know that if or when we meet up again, the first thing we'll do is sing this song."

Today we pay tribute to Carlene's great-uncle Alvin Pleasant (A.P.) Carter, born 125 years ago, on December 15, 1891 in Maces Springs, Virginia. With his wife Sara and her cousin Maybelle they formed The Carter Family, one of the first and most influential country music acts of all time. A.P. collected, adapted, and wrote original songs that became standards of American music like Wildwood Flower, Gold Watch and Chain, and Will The Circle Be Unbroken? He died on November 7, 1960 and in 1970 was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and with The Carter Family in the Country Music Hall of Fame. In 1993 the trio was honored with their image on a U.S. postage stamp. Throughout her career, Carlene has recorded and performed many of the original Carter Family songs, most notably on her 2014 album Carter Girl. Today she wrote, "Where would music be without Uncle A.P.!!!"

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Yep!!! I am 61 years in this world:-) I am blessed, healthy, surrounded by and filled with love and I still have all my own teeth!! So life is GREAT! Thanks everybody for the wonderful birthday wishes:-) Love and light xoxo


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On Friday, July 15th, 2016 at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia will present a special concert by Carlene Carter. This long-awaited and exciting Carter Girl Homecoming has been in the works for several months, but could only be officially announced today. Admission to the concert is $15 for adults, $5 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free. Carlene’s concert will be solo with her playing guitar, autoharp, and piano. While her concert will not be a typical Carter Fold performance, it’s been far too long since she has performed at the Fold. During her extremely full and busy life, she has been unable to spend much time in Virginia at her mom’s birth place at the foot of Clinch Mountain. Carlene is the daughter of June Carter Cash and Carl Smith. Her stepfather, and the man she called Dad, was none other than Johnny Cash. Her grandmother was Maybelle Carter, and her great aunt and uncle were Sara and A.P. Carter. That’s an impressive musical pedigree by anyone’s standards.


Join us at the foot of Clinch Mountain at the Carter Family Fold for this long overdue concert – Carter Girl Homecoming. The Fold is so proud, thrilled and honored to welcome Carlene Carter home to the place that is responsible for such a big part of her musical heritage. Performing in the place so many of her family members performed on so many occasions over the last forty-two years, this promises to be one the most special and heart-warming concerts in our history. Carlene and her husband Joe live in California. She spends as much time as possible in Nashville near her children and her grandchildren, but she rarely makes it all the way to Virginia. Don’t miss this unique event as it may be a long time in coming around again.

American country singer Carlene Carter makes her long-awaited return to the UK for a series of mid-June solo concert dates, with tickets going on sale Friday, April 15 for the following shows in England and Ireland:


June 10 - St Barnabas Church / Oxford, England

June 11 - O2 Academy Islington / London, England

June 13 - The Trades Club / Hebden Bridge, England

June 14 - Whelan's / Dublin, Ireland

June 15 – Ballymaloe Grainstore / County Cork, Ireland

June 16 - Glor Theatre / County Clare, Ireland

June 23 - The Con Club / Lewes, England



Having started her career in the UK with her self-titled debut album (recorded with Graham Parker and the Rumour in 1978), Carter made London her home for several years during her marriage to Nick Lowe (who produced her third and fourth albums, Musical Shapes and Blue Nun), and spent a year on the West End stage in the musical Pump Boys and Dinettes.


Carter's strong connection with British fans was reestablished when her most recent release, Carter Girl, debuted at #3 on the UK Country Albums chart and was named Best Americana Album of the Year by Sylvie Simmons in MOJO magazine.  Rolling Stone wrote: "to a certain generation, she was the cute and spry American babe who headed to the UK and struck up some relationships there, nearly all of them musical... this new album, produced by Don Was, is evocative, mature, and consistently impressive... A strong and very welcome showing for one of pop music’s long-missed characters, now back again."


As the special guest on the John Mellencamp tour, Carter has been performing her one-woman set in sold-out theaters across North America most of 2015 and April of this year.  She told the Austin Chronicle: "I was pretty chuffed that I could open for a Rock & Roll Hall of Famer as an acoustic act by myself. Working with Mellencamp, I made new fans, people that may have never heard of me. They may have heard I was related to the Carter Family or Johnny Cash somehow, but what they got was pure Carlene. Very much in the spirit of the Carter Family, I’d just go out and do what makes people happy. I really enjoyed the process of playing by myself and I’m going to continue to do it for a while. It really does prove my theory that it’s all about the songs."


Carter says of the upcoming shows: "I'm so looking forward to the dates in England and Ireland, as I have deep roots there and it always feels like I'm coming home when I land at London Heathrow!"  Her "special guest" on the tour will be her husband, actor and singer Joe Breen, whose own family is from County Clare, where his sister Christine Breen and her husband Niall Williams are well known writers living on the family homestead.  Carter says: "I'm so excited to be bringing the music of the Carter Family via this 'Carter Girl' and share some songs, stories from my life, and have a lot of FUN at every show."

I am so sad to hear of Merle Haggard's passing!

I had the great honor of being on tour with him back in 1990!

He was an incredibly talented man in so many ways.

I will miss him in this world but he left us with so much music!

RIP Mister Haggard

Love you always xo


Next month Carlene Carter embarks on the 16-date 2016 Plain Spoken Tour with John Mellencamp. This is a continuation of their hugely successful trek across North America last year that encompassed 80 dates and won praise from critics and fans alike. Carter will perform solo, followed by Mellencamp, and then she will join him on stage for a handful of songs.

Carlene Carter has been releasing music for almost four decades. Daughter of June Carter and Carl Smith, and stepdaughter of Johnny Cash, her most recent album Carter Girl (Rounder Records), pays homage to her own musical lineage, consisting of songs culled from the Carter Family songbook as well as Carlene Carter originals. Carter Girl, produced by Don Was, features guest artists Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Kris Kristofferson and Elizabeth Cook. The album’s repertoire serves as the cornerstone of her one-woman live set. After attending a 2015 Plain Spoken Tour performance, Jeffrey Lee Puckett of the Louisville Courier-Journal wrote, “The Carter Family was ground zero for country music as we know it, and Carter carried the weight of that immense legacy with an easy grace and rich humanity.”   


“Opening act Carter delivered a captivating set that was full of storytelling and her rich, penetrating voice,” commented Randy Cordova of the Arizona Republic last year. “Though the mood of her songs was often darkly somber – ‘Lonesome Valley 2003’ is about the death of her mother, June Carter Cash – Carter’s sass and molasses-and-honey delivery is like the aural equivalent of a warm hug.”


Carter and Mellencamp have a rich history of working together. Carlene was involved in Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, a touring musical co-written by Stephen King and Mellencamp, and produced by T-Bone Burnett. Ghost Brothers tunes, including “Tear This Cabin Down” and “Away from This World,” have been performed as Carter/Mellencamp duets in past Plain Spoken Tour dates. 


Kicking off on April 1 in Tulsa, OK at the Brady Theater and concluding on April 23 in Albany, NY, with over a dozen Midwest and east coast dates in between, the 2016 Plain Spoken Tour will give audiences the chance to see and hear Carlene Carter, whom the Portland Oregonian’s Jeff Baker describes best as “a spirited member of the First Family of American music who can fire up an older audience with nothing but talent, sassy stories, acoustic guitar and piano.”


Tickets for all Plain Spoken Tour dates are currently on sale.


2016 Plain Spoken Tour  


1-Apr  Tulsa, OK Brady Theater

2-Apr  Thackerville, OK WinStar World Casino

4-Apr  Springfield, MO Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts

5-Apr  Davenport, IA Adler Theatre

7-Apr  Duluth, MN DECC Symphony Hall

9-Apr  Lawrence, KS Lied Center of Kansas

10-Apr  Springfield, IL Sangamon Auditorium

12-Apr  Muncie, IN Emens Auditorium

13-Apr  Huntington, WV Keith Albee Theater

15-Apr  Mount Pleasant, MI Soaring Eagle Casino

16-Apr  Wheeling, WV Capitol Theatre

17-Apr  Erie, PA Warner Theatre

19-Apr  Hartford, CT The Bushnell Performing Arts Center

20-Apr  Portland, ME Merrill Auditorium

22-Apr  Rochester, NY Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

23-Apr  Albany, NY Palace Theatre

This time last year I started the John Mellencamp "Plain Spoken" tour in South Bend. And now..... I'm in Indiana recording with him and his amazing band!! Great stuff!!

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."


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

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