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

We’re happy that Carlene Carter is a contender in quite a few GRAMMY categories thanks to her Carter Girl album that was produced by Don Was and released on Rounder. She’s qualified as a possibility for Best Americana Roots performance (“Black Jack David” duet with Kris Kristofferson), Best Americana album, Best Engineered Album, Non-classical as well as for Record of the Year (“Little Black Train”) and Album of the Year.

From the New Frontier Touring website.

Really hard to leave my paradise here at Hummingbird Hill:-( but.... ) off on an adventure of a life time to be a part of Ghost Brothers Of Darkland County! Look it up and if we're in a city near you come see us! Stephen King and John Mellencamp have really written an amazing stage show! Angels of protection sent my way are most welcome!
Love all y'all friends and family
Keep on the sunny side
Always xoxoxo


Carlene is "very excited" to be the Special Guest on the John Mellencamp Plain Spoken 2015 North American Tour, which will include 80 shows across the U.S. and Canada!  Carlene said that it is "an honor and a privilege" and "I'm thrilled to have been chosen to share the stage with one of America's greatest songwriters. He has a strong appreciation for our Carter Family roots, and of course he and my mom (June Carter Cash) were mutual admirers, as were he and 'Big John' (Johnny Cash)."  The tour starts January 21 and runs through August 4, 2015.  Click the picture for more info.


Can't stand it! What an honor tonight in Bristol as the 2 lady Mayors declared August 3rd forever be Carlene Carter Day. I cried:-) Thank you!!!


Me and my Joe Breen aka husband:-) Up and heading to LAX flying to Nashville then in to drive tomorrow to Asheville, NC for The Orange Peel w/ Jim Lauderdale on Friday! See you there I hope!

Also don't forget we'll be in Bristol, TN on 8/2 for Birthplace of Country Music Museum and 8/3 for Mountain Stage!

Grand Ole Opry on the 5th.

Chicago at City Winery 8/9.

And in Ann Arbor, MI 8/10.

It's going to be a great trip:-)!


From the Bristol Herald Courier: An all-star lineup of entertainers and events is scheduled during the grand opening weekend of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. Ralph Stanley, Carlene Carter, Jim Lauderdale and others are scheduled to perform a series of free concerts Saturday, Aug. 2, in conjunction with the opening of the $10.5 million museum... On Sunday night, Carter is scheduled to join Twin City resident Doyle Lawson, Carter Family descendent Dale Jett and an unnamed special guest (Martina McBride) to record another edition of the “Mountain Stage” radio program at the Paramount Center for the Arts. Read the full article here.

Signed by legendary country singer Carlene Carter - with the inscription "Rock This Baby" - a Daisy Rock Guitars "Wildwood Artist" acoustic-electric model in Royal Blue Burst color. Plus, Carlene's new album (Rounder Records), Carter Girl, signed on the front with "Love Carlene." Click on the picture for more info or to bid!


Pic of the month! Me and my cuz Lorrie Carter Bennett at her son's wedding! We seldom do selfies:-)!!


My Momma passed away this day May 15th 2003
I think of her and miss her everyday
Such a light of love to so many people but to me I thought she hung the moon:-)
I love you Momma up in heaven !!

Happy Birthday Dear Grandma
Happy Birthday Dear Grandma
Happy Birthday Dear Grandma!
Happy Birthday to you!
Now everybody sing real loud so she'll hear you!!!
Miss her laughing smile and her constant love
I love you Grandma!!

COME ON BACK: Carlene Carter scores her highest rank on Top Country Albums in more than 20 years, as "Carter Girl" debuts at No. 40. She last charted higher with "Little Love Letters," which peaked at No. 35 the week of Aug. 21, 1993. She scored her best peak with 1990's "I Fell in Love" (No. 19). The daughter of the late June Carter and Carl Smith (June Carter's first husband; she was married to Johnny Cash from 1968 until her passing in 2003), Carlene Carter tallied three No. 3 Hot Country Songs hits in 1990-93: "I Fell in Love," "Come on Back" and "Every Little Thing."

OMG!!! Fantastico!!! Amazing!
I am so blessed!
(Thank you John B. for posting this on the Guestbook!)

I had a ball! One of my favorite things I did during launching week!

You can listen now on the link here: Live Lunch Listen

Great fun with my pal Elizabeth Cook at the SiriusXM studios! Sang a lot talked even more about EveryTHING!! She's so Great at what she does!! AND she's a real friend:-)



Listen to Carlene's complete interview and performances from this great night of stories and songs here: WSM Archives



Carlene's daughter Tiffany, brother and sister Dean and Lori Lynn Smith, Eddie Stubbs, Carlene and husband Joe. Photo copyright Vicki Langdon 2014.

Wow!! Our "Little Black Train" #1 added record in Americana radio!! Woohoo:-)!! So happy! Thanks all y'all! Thank you Rounder Folks! Thank you Randy Hoffman, Don Was and Bob Merlis, my people:-)

Daddy's Birthday today!! Carl Smith would have been 87! He was my hero! All around everything!
Miss him so much....

Oh My Goodness! "Little Black Train" 3rd most added record this week in Americana radio! I'm a happy woman! Thanks everybody that helped:-)

Get ready for release of "Little Black Train"! On iTunes 2/11. 1st song from April release of new CD "Carter Girl" from me :-)

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