September 16, 1990 |
All through her life, Carlene Carter's been told she really should be a country singer--it's in her blood. Carter is a member of country music's royal family. Maybelle Carter, one of the progenitors of modern country, was her grandmother. Carl Smith, a singer with almost 30 Top 10 country hits in the 1950s, is her father. June Carter Cash is her mother. Johnny Cash is her stepfather. Rosanne Cash is her stepsister. But, in her youth, Carlene Carter rebelled.
July 17, 1991 |
Carlene Carter has a lot of country music history caught up in her family ties: Her grandmother was the legendary Maybelle Carter of the Carter Family; her parents are June Carter (now June Carter Cash) and Carl Smith, one of the top country singers of the '50s; her stepdad is Johnny Cash. Other performers might be overwhelmed by the weight of such a legacy (how long has Hank Williams Jr. been straining under his dad's reputation?).
June 7, 1995 |
How do you get to the Greek Theatre? Practice. Practice. Practice. . . . Carlene Carter took that paraphrasing of an old joke literally in the first of her two sets Monday night at the Crazy Horse Steak House, turning in a show that is best described as a work-in-progress, albeit a mostly delightful one even at this raw, early stage. Tonight, Carter is scheduled to be at the Greek in Los Angeles, opening for Mary Chapin Carpenter.
January 26, 1991 |
Family is where people turn when they don't know where else to turn. For Carlene Carter, the cue to look homeward came about five years ago, when her career as a rock 'n' roller had dwindled, and her marriage had fallen apart. Carlene's mother, June Carter Cash, and her stepfather, Johnny Cash, were happy to take the prodigal daughter back into the family business, which is country music.
February 17, 1994 |
The Ventura Concert Theatre should be movin' and a-shakin' Saturday night when Carlene Carter, 1991 Academy of Country Music best female vocalist nominee, brings her infectious rock-a-billy sound to the stage. Following the success of her first solo country album, "I Fell in Love," in 1990, Carter's debut appearance in Ventura County will kick off her tour for "Little Love Letters," produced by Howie Epstein (of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) on the Giant label.
February 25, 1994 |
When Carlene Carter finally found a niche on the country music charts in 1990, it was billed as the prodigal daughter's return. But as Carter sees it, it was less a case of her repenting the profligate ways of a rowdy rocker than of the country establishment's realizing that country and rock can form a circle that need not be broken.