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She is, of course, the daughter of 1950s country superstar Carl Smith, and June Carter Cash, who was herself the daughter of Maybelle Carter—“Mother” Maybelle Carter of the original Carter Family trio that formed in 1927 in the tiny Southwest Virginia hamlet of Maces Springs. Along with Mother Maybelle’s brother-in-law, A. P. Carter, and his wife and her cousin Sara, the Carter Family recorded such seminal country music songs as "Can The Circle Be Unbroken (By And By)," "Wildwood Flower" and "Keep On The Sunny Side,” and forever influenced the development of bluegrass, folk, pop, gospel and rock music genres, as well as country music.

She is, of course, the daughter of 1950s country superstar Carl Smith, and June Carter Cash, who was herself the daughter of Maybelle Carter—“Mother” Maybelle Carter of the original Carter Family trio that formed in 1927 in the tiny Southwest Virginia hamlet of Maces Springs. Along with Mother Maybelle’s brother-in-law, A. P. Carter, and his wife and her cousin Sara, the Carter Family recorded such seminal country music songs as “Can The
Circle Be Unbroken (By And By),” “Wildwood Flower” and “Keep On The Sunny Side,” and forever influenced the development of bluegrass, folk, pop, gospel and rock music
genres, as well as country music.

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. (

Her first album for Rounder, it features songs spanning the Carter Family generations, including celebrated Carter Family songs like “Gold Watch And Chain,” and others written and performed by the descendants of the original Carter trio—including Carlene herself.

Her first album for Rounder, it features songs spanning the Carter Family generations, including celebrated Carter Family songs like “Gold Watch And Chain,” and others written and performed by the descendants of the original Carter trio—including Carlene herself.

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…. (

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 The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY 13332.

More about Carlene Carter

You Tubes of Carlene Carter to check out

Troublesome Waters (Live at Farm Aid 2013)

Little Black Train (off the new CD Carter Girl

Worried Man Blues – Carlene Carter singing with the Carter Family

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.

Boston Globe:
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.

The Earlville Opera House opens its 43rd season this Memorial Day weekend! Highlights of the season include Americana Blues legend David Bromberg, virtuoso multi-instrumentalist and folk legend John McCutcheon and country star Carlene Carter of Carter Family fame.

For Celtic music lovers, North Sea Gas on May 25th captures “The Fire and Passion of Scotland” garnering them last year’s Celtic Radio Music Award for Album of the Year. This September see one of America’s most influential Irish music bands, Solas. Later in the fall, Scots Trad Music Awards Hall of Famers, the Tannahill Weavers, deliver their fire-driven instrumentals and original ballads. Returning this December is one of Ireland’s leading traditional bands, Teada, with their holiday special Irish Christmas in America.

Don’t miss the fiery Cajun, Zydeco & Honky Tonk swing music of The Revelers who combine the two groups at the vanguard of the Louisiana cultural renaissance with founding members of the Red Stick Ramblers and The Pine Leaf Boys, whose powerful tonic of roots music could only come from Southwest Louisiana.

More blues to fight the blues! The Heritage Blues Quintet has been called a “one-band blues festival” with their beautiful blend of old traditional blues with some sensational modern musical talents. After last year’s 2013 Living Blues Critics Poll Award for Best New Recording/Debut Album, the band returns to the recording studio this spring and will be out on tour again in July for a show at EOH! In September, catch the Contemporary Blues Female Artist Of The Year, Janiva Magness, who sings with scorching intensity deliver her powerhouse Blues and R&B.

Exploring folk from around the world, the Jammin Divas rock while they blend stunning renditions of traditional and original folk music with elements of improvisation from each of their cultures. In July, explore the fundamentals of folk with the impressive singer songwriter, John McCutcheon, with over 30 albums and seven Grammy nominations to his name. In October spend an evening with two of Canada’s most compelling songwriters, Dave Gunning and James Keelaghan, each with multiple awards for their songwriting skill.

Bluegrass and Americana music lovers will delight in the “stomping, galloping country swing of an old-time string band,” Poor Old Shine, reminiscent of the strip-mined hollers of West Virginia! Two guitar vituosos Chris Eldridge of the Punch Brothers and prodigy Julian Lage meet up for a wild night of bluegrass and guitar. The opening act will be Tennessee’s break out band the Howlin’ Brothers with their distinctly bluegrass take on country blues. In December, EOH features the silky harmonies and the honky-tonk swing of the Sweetback Sisters’ “Country Christmas Singalong Spectacular.”
EOH continues its tradition of celebrating local talent! In June, local attorney, author and playwright, Hugh Humphreys will present The Music Room & The Other Stories. In August, Chris Bord will direct Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado.

There is still more to come – including our Earlville Awesome House series! See the calendar listing below. The Earlville Opera House is a beautiful historic landmark and a living testament to local and New York State history. In addition to its performances, EOH features three art galleries as well as workshops. For more information, or call 315-691-3550.

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Earlville Opera House Main Stage Season 2014

Earlville Opera House Main Stage Season Calendar ~ all shows at 8 pm unless specified.  Links below are active until after the show has passed.
Sun, 5/25 North Sea Gas ~ Scottish Folk, Tremendous 3-Part Harmonies
Sat, 5/31 The Revelers ~ Cajun, Zydeco & Honky Tonk Swing
Sun, 6/8 5:30 pm EOH Member & Volunteer BBQ
Fri, 6/13 Poor Old Shine ~ Americana inspired by the Hollers of WV
Sat, 6/21 at 8 pm & Sun 6/22 at 3 pm
choose show Hugh Humphreys presents The Music Room & The Other Stories.
Thurs 6/26 7 pm Meet the Divas! Special Event: The Jammin’ Divas Meet and Greet (Free)
* (Barge Canal Coffee House, Lebanon St., Hamilton, NY 13346)
Fri, 6/27 Jammin Divas ~ Divine Harmonies & Folk from Ireland, Australia and the USA
Sun, 7/20 banjoJohn McCutcheon~ Folk Icon and Virtuoso Guitar & Hammer Dulcimer
Sat, 7/26 quintet from fbThe Heritage Blues Quintet  ~ One Band Blues Festival
Evening shows on Fri, 8/8 and Sat, 8/9 at 8 pm & Sun matinee on 8/10 at 3 pm
choose show fanGilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado.
Sat, 8/16 lageandeldridge6Chris Eldridge (Punch Brothers) & Julian Lage ~ Virtuoso Guitars /Bluegrass with the Howlin’ Brothers opening
Sat, 8/29 carlene_carter_preferredCarlene Carter  ~ Embraces Carter Family Legacy in New Release “Carter Girl”
Fri, 9/5 4946cover_epkJaniva Magness ~ Powerhouse Blues and R&B from Contemporary Blues Female Artist Of The Year
Fri, 9/19 wheelhouseSolas. ~ Premier Irish-American band
Sat, 9/27 david brombergDavid Bromberg Quintet ~ Americana Blues Legend
Sat, 10/4 k & g compositeDave Gunning and James Keelaghan– An eve with Two of Canada’s most powerful songwriters!
Fri, 10/10 10-10 Tannahill Scotland2010aTannahill Weavers ~ High Powered Scottish Traditional
More TBA in the fall Arts Café Series
Fri, 12/12 12-22 2010-ICA-1501 lrTeada’s Irish Christmas in America – EOH presenting at the Catherine Cummings Theater in Cazenovia confirmed!
Fri, 12/19 Sweetback Sisters 2 crSweetback Sisters’ Country Christmas Singalong Spectacular – EOH at the Oneida Community Mansion House Theater confirmed
Earlville Awesome House Calendar: Kids & Families!  All shows at 7 pm unless specified Links below are active until after the show has passed.
Thurs, 7/10 6:30 pm Instrument Petting Zoo! Meet the Instruments before Symphoria concert at 7:30 on the Village Green in Hamilton, NY.  Rain location:  Colgate Chapel
Sat, 7/12 Of Changes and Dreams by MagpieMagpie:  A MIGHTY HARD ROAD Celebrating The Music of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger ~ Folk Concert & Intro to Songwriting Workshop** FREE EARLVILLE AWESOME HOUSE EVENT
Fri 7/25 7-6 dance workshop image  color for FB3Dancin’ In the Streets Show! Celebrating Music & Dance of the 50s and 60s part of a week long workshop for gr 5 to 12
Fri 8/1 circus crop 5128The Really Big EOH Circus Show! “Cirque de Shiny” part of a week long workshop for ages 6 to 13
Fri, 8/15 Bill and Dave BacklitQuiet Riot – Storytelling Concert/ Building Strong Communities Workshop** FREE EARLVILLE AWESOME HOUSE EVENT
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Martha Redbone Band – Blues – EOH cosponsors at the Native American Festival at Colgate University – Free (Festival runs 9:30 am to 5 pm)

Sat, 10/25 The Haunted Opera House! Free
These performances with-workshops are funded, in part, with a grant from the NYS Office of Children and Family Services through the Madison County Youth Bureau and through our IPAD raffle sales!
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