Carlene is seen here at Cash Cabin studio recording "June's Sundown" for a new album of 16 songs by many great artists, created from previously unknown poetry, lyrics, and letters of "Big John." Available everywhere on April 6, you can pre-order here now: Johnny Cash: Forever Words. Back in April of last year, Carlene posted this picture below and wrote: "With my brother John Carter Cash working on the Forever Words upcoming CD. Got to write music for a poem my step daddy John Cash wrote many years ago. Was such an amazing spiritual visit of him right with me at the piano:-) Thanks to all the musicians here who made it spectacularly FUN!!"

Thank you very much to our friend Dan Pounds for making this fun video with Carlene and family including husband Joe, daughter Tiffany, son Jackson, and granddaughter Luna! Carlene wrote the song with "Big Al" Anderson, and it came out on the Giant Country Christmas CD back in 1994!


Aloha from Mauna Kea Beach!!! Swam with dolphins while out on a catamaran Endless Summer! We have traveled a lot in the past 13 years but this trip is right up there with our honeymoon in Jamaica 2006. Grateful for all the blessings we've had along the way and especially for this one, this time, and this love...


I have been so deeply sad for the passing of my friend Tom Petty.
There have been a lot of comments sent to me and I’ll get to them and will respond soon.
I am still reeling from the reality that I’ll never see him face to face on this earth again:-)
God bless his family and his brothers The Heartbreakers.
Everywhere I go people say, ”You knew Tom?”
I say that I was honored to have known him since we first met in 1978.
It was Denny Cordell who put us in a room with a couple of guitars and said, "You two kids behave yourselves and have fun!"
I just wish I could’ve spent time with him since Howie passed away, I had not seen or spoken to him... but I always loved him.
I saw this article and thought it a beautiful tribute to just one of his masterpieces:-)

Carlene sings on this track from the debut album (Racing Time) of the trio DWNTWN, whose lead singer/writer, Jamie Leffler, is the daughter of Carlene's long-time partner, the late Howie Epstein. From their bio: DWNTWN’s expansive artistic palette recalls the transcendently textured indie rock of Modest Mouse and Beach House, and the heartfelt sincerity of classic 1970s Laurel Canyon folk and early country, a la The Carter Family... Racing Time concludes with a stunning rendition of Anita Carter’s 1960s chestnut “As The Sparrow Goes,” featuring a guest appearance by Jamie’s stepmother, Carlene Carter. Here, Carlene’s richly expressive vocals beautifully complement Jamie’s dreamy singing. On the heels of the release of DWNTWN's masterful debut, Jamie is reflective. A moment that stands out to her in making the album is sharing her music with her stepmother. Jamie says: “It felt really good to reconnect. She told me: ‘I want you to know your dad would have been so proud of you.’”


Carlene is guest blogger on the Birthplace of Country Music website today with an article she wrote about her mother on her birthday.  Click the picture to go to their site and read:

I met an amazing man here in Oregon and he gave me a gift of something he made up on the Kilcher homestead! It’s a bracelet that I can use in an emergency to start a fire or just wear as a fashion piece of jewelry! He is the star of Alaska: The Last Frontier and father of the beautiful and talented Jewel! What a wonderful time we all have had with her and her Daddy these past two days, in Portland last night and Bend, Oregon tonight! Hope to do it again sometime soon! Thank you Jewel! Much love and blessings to you. Love and light shines out of you girl!
Love Carlene

Carlene's new album with John Mellencamp won't be out until Friday, April 28, but in the meantime you can hear it in its entirety on NPR's First Listen!

Almost in time for Record Store Day 2017, Carlene's new album with John Mellencamp will be available on vinyl!  Check it out on Amazon.


Just announced this week is the John Mellencamp Sad Clowns & Hillbillies 2017 Summer Tour, with 22 U.S. dates in June and July, then 5 more Fair shows in August and September!  This comes not long after the highly successful 2-year Plain Spoken tour with Carlene as Special Guest on all shows.  The new tour will follow the April release of the new John Mellencamp CD featuring Carlene Carter (on Republic Records) which Katie Couric recently asked him about:


KATIE COURIC: "You just wrapped up a tour with Carlene Carter - cool - the daughter of June Carter and Carl Smith, stepdaughter of Johnny Cash. Now you have a new album that's coming out later this spring, called Sad Clowns and Hillbillies. You excited about that?"


JOHN MELLENCAMP: "Yeah, Carlene and I, we met, Stephen King and I were doing a musical (Ghost Brothers of Darkland County), and Carlene had a small part in it. It was traveling around the United States, and Carlene and I got to be friends, from me showing up periodically to watch the musical. Then I was doing something for Meg Ryan - she made a little movie (Ithaca) and she directed it, and I did the music for it, and I needed somebody to sing with kind of a twang ("Sugar Hill Mountain"). So I thought Carlene would be perfect for that. So I called Carlene and then Carlene started going on the road with me. Carlene and I became singing buddies, so we decided to make this record together. It’s crazy the way it started. It was going to be a religious record. It started out as like, ‘Look, let’s go back and do an old country religious record. We’ll try to write songs that sound like those songs, but they’ll be new.’ And then it just kept evolving and evolving and evolving. The songs she was bringing and the songs I was bringing, they weren’t so religious [laughs]. I write a lot of sad songs. So Sad Clowns and Hillbillies - that’s where it came from."


And from Carlene's interview with the Columbia Daily Tribune last fall: "He (John Mellencamp) is part of the soundtrack to my life, like he is to a lot of people," she said, sharing her memories of dancing to his hits and singing them loudly while driving in her convertible decades ago. The pair have traveled extensively together since. Carter opens the show for Mellencamp and, at some point in the set, they do a few songs together. They have become quite natural singing partners. "I don’t have a hard time figuring out where he’s going to go; it’s like I already know where he’s going," Carter said. Carter and Mellencamp have more in common than musical sensibility. Both have lived and made work with a similar sense of purpose and stubbornness. "We both have been uncompromised artists. I think we have that in common, almost like little rebels," she said.


Fans at the last leg of the Plain Spoken tour got to hear the duo sing two of their collaborations from the forthcoming album: the beautiful ballad "Indigo Sunset"; and the up-tempo gospel "My Soul’s Got Wings" with Mr. Mellencamp's music for lyrics by one of his heroes, Woody Guthrie.  (In the unbroken musical circle, Mr. Guthrie adapted the melody to his most famous song, "This Land is Your Land," from a song recorded by The Carter Family.)


The Sad Clowns & Hillbillies tour starts June 5 in Colorado, and along with Mr. Mellencamp and Carlene will include Very Special Guest Emmylou Harris and Indianapolis folk-pop sister duo Lily & Madeleine.  Emmylou of course is a long-time friend of Carlene, and was the first to record "Easy From Now On" which Carlene wrote with the late Susanna Clark back in 1977.  Substituting for Emmylou at the 2 Oregon dates (June 10 and 11) will be singer-songwriter Jewel (who played Carlene's mother June Carter Cash in the 2013 Lifetime Television movie "Ring of Fire").  The 5 Fair dates in August and September will include just Mr. Mellencamp and Carlene.  All of the info as always is on Carlene's Calendar.


Tickets for the tour will be available to the general public beginning Friday, February 24 at 10 am. and VIP pre-sale tickets will be available beginning Wednesday, February 22 at 10 am until Thursday, February 23 at 10 pm.  Every online ticket comes with 1 physical CD of the Sad Clowns & Hillbillies album.



June 05 - Greenwood Village, CO - Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre

June 07 - Boise, ID - Outlaw Field at the Idaho Botanical Garden **

June 08 - Redmond, WA - Marymoor Park

June 10 - Troutdale, OR - McMenamins Edgefield #

June 11 - Bend, OR - Les Schwab Amphitheater #

June 13 - Saratoga, CA - The Mountain Winery **

June 14 - Saratoga, CA - The Mountain Winery **

June 17 - Murphys, CA - Ironstone Amphitheatre

June 18 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre

June 21 - Grand Prairie, TX - Verizon Theatre

June 22 - Sugar Land, TX - Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land

June 24 - Saint Augustine, FL - Saint Augustine Amphitheatre

June 25 - Boca Raton, FL - Mizner Park Amphitheatre

June 27 - Atlanta, GA - Chastain Park Amphitheatre **

June 28 - Cary, NC - Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre

June 30 - Gilford, NH - Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion

July 01 - Lenox, MA - Tanglewood

July 03 - Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap ***

July 06 - Philadelphia, PA - The Mann Music Center

July 07 - Bethel, NY - Bethel Woods Center for the Arts **

July 08 - Canandaigua, NY - CMAC

July 11 - New York, NY - Forest Hills Stadium

August 04 - West Allis, WI - Wisconsin State Fair *

August 05 - Davenport, IA - Mississippi Valley Fair *

August 29 - St Paul, MN - Minnesota State Fair *

August 31 - Allentown, PA - The Great Allentown Fair *

September 01 - Essex Junction, VT - Champlain Valley Fair *


# Jewel is Special Guest for this show, Emmylou Harris will not be performing

* Emmylou Harris and Lily and Madeleine will not be appearing

** Public & Pre-Sale Ticket on sale date TBA

*** July 03 - Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap on sale March 18 at 10 am

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."

Happy New Year to all our beautiful friends!!!
Blessings in 2017
Carlene and Joe

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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