Carlene Carter, country music royalty, brings the Carter Family Legacy of Americana-Country Music to the Earlville Opera House on Friday, August 29th at 8 pm. Mentored by her grandmother “Mother” Maybelle Carter and three legendary parents (her father, country vocalist Carl Smith; her mother June Carter Cash; and her stepfather Johnny Cash), Carter’s music reveals a depth and originality in the Americana-Country genre that warrants her “country music royalty” tag.
“She represents the third generation of the pioneering Carter Family, whose recordings since the late 1920s are considered the blueprint for country music of the subsequent century.” (Chicago Sun-Times)
Carter brings her own mark to the genre. “Carter lights a fire under nearly every tune…even the low-key love songs generate some sparks.” “A great legacy can be a blessing and a curse, and when your mother is June Carter and your stepdad is Johnny Cash, you’re going to have a lot to live up to in the minds of most folks. Carlene Carter has built a pretty remarkable career for herself…But it’s rare when a critic or biographer doesn’t mention Carter’s place in one of country music’s founding families, and on 2014’s Carter Girl, she embraces their vital role in country music’s history while also putting her own stamp on their body of work…strengthening her music rather than buckling under its weight, and this ranks with her finest recorded work to date.” (Mark Deming)
“Carlene Carter’s place in the history of American music was assured long before the conception or recording of her new CD, Carter Girl, but its creation makes for a solid insight into her world…The new album serves as a tribute to her musical forebears, but also as a statement of self. Her sound, even when paying tribute to Carters previous, is very much her own. The songs themselves are gleaned from both her own songbook and that of her family…An updated “Lonesome Valley” (here titled “Lonesome Valley 2003”) acts as a tribute to both Carlene’s mother, and Johnny Cash, and Carlene’s half-sister Rosie Nix Adams, all of whom passed in that year. (PopMatters.com)
Carlene Carter shares the richness of that family experience and its stamp on Americana music. She shares her insights into the new project: For example, Tall Lover Man, “It’s one of Mama’s ‘murder mayhem’ songs, from [her Grammy-winning 1999 album] Press On,” Carlene says. “It’s pretty dark in content, and very Carter Family-esque: So many of their songs involve cheating and killing the guy—or praying to Him, since maybe 75 percent of their songs were religious or faith-bound.” For the new release on ROUNDER RECORDS’ CARTER GIRL, Carlene Carter put her self-ascribed “Carlene rhythm” on it—her version of her grandmother’s famed “Carter scratch” acoustic guitar-picking technique—to give it more drive.
“Carter is not afraid of updating older songs, in fact, it is her pride and joy. Joy is given to songs like “Tall Lover Man”, lifting her mother’s story from the pages of history and giving it a rousing, upbeat tone. The beautifully balanced take on “Gold Watch and Chain” is delivered with knowledge, awareness and passion…. (AllMusic.com)
Share a Carter Girl’s joyful sound in the incredible acoustics of the 1892 historic opera house. Tickets are available online or by calling EOH at $30, $28 EOH members, $25 students. Premium seating applies in the first 4 rows. The EOH Theater is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift. For more information, or to reserve your seats, call 315-691-3550 or order online at www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY 13332.
More about Carlene Carter www.carlenecarterfanclub.com.
You Tubes of Carlene Carter to check out
Troublesome Waters (Live at Farm Aid 2013) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Rr6M4Y4foQ#t=47
Little Black Train (off the new CD Carter Girl) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbdrFYYgn3k
Worried Man Blues – Carlene Carter singing with the Carter Family https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTd__0u2jfY
Carlene Carter had her biggest hits in the ‘90s, with “Every Little Thing” and “I Fell In Love” both reaching No. 3. The latter was the title track of an album that also included “Me And The Wildwood Rose,” a song that she wrote about being a Carter girl, which she most fittingly revives on Carter Girl.
Carlene Carter says she’s been waiting her whole life to make “Carter Girl,” which finds the third-generation representative of country’s most famous family honoring her lineage through a collection drawn from the Carter Family and from mother June and aunts Helen and Anita (collectively the Carter Sisters), along with a few topical contributions of her own. Carter’s pose on the cover evokes her mother, but this isn’t meant to be a sepia-toned reproduction of those old songs. Instead, Carter brings them into her musical world — charging June Carter’s murder-suicide ballad “Tall Lover Man” with the sort of twangy, poppy, country-rock treatment that has always been the daughter’s calling card, giving an update to A.P. Carter’s “Lonesome Valley” via the soulful mourn of “Lonesome Valley 2003,” and reprising her own “Me and the Wildwood Rose” to sing her memories of time spent on the road with the Carter Sisters. This may be the best record this Carter girl has ever made. (Out Tuesday)
EOH events are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and through the generosity of EOH members.