Aiken Promotions presents Carlene Carter, Country Music Legend
Carlene Carter has been releasing music for almost four decades. The daughter of June Carter Cash and country star Carl Smith, and stepdaughter of Johnny Cash, she is the physical embodiment of the Carter Family in the 21st century.
Carlene started her career singing with The Carter Family at age 17. With the 1978 release of her self-titled debut album, she established herself on the edgier end of the country music spectrum, having recorded it in England with Graham Parker’s band The Rumour. When Maybelle Carter died later that fall, Chet Flippo wrote in Rolling Stone that she “lived to see her granddaughter Carlene merge Nashville with contemporary rock and roll.”
Her most recent album release was Carter Girl, a collection of Carter Family songs and originals, inspired by her family.
Carlene spent the better part of the last few years on the road with John Mellencamp on his Plain Spoken Tour, both as a support act and joining him on stage nightly to perform duets. She also played a role in the touring production of Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, the southern gothic musical play written by Stephen King and Mellencamp. Upcoming is the release of Sad Clowns and Hillbillies, the 2017 album by John Mellencamp featuring Carlene Carter, including newly penned songs by Carlene.
More recently, she’s been touring with John Mellencamp following her appearance in the road company of Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, the musical play he wrote with author Stephen King. That collaboration led to a new joint effort Sad Clowns & Hillbillies. She duets with Mellencamp on the album, sings backup and plays guitar and autoharp. Her song-writing skills are heard on “Indigo Sunset” which she wrote with Mellencamp and on “Damascus Road,” her own composition.