Carter Girl

Carter Girl

by Carlene CarterCarlene Carter


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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 as a vocalist, and after a dark period she made an impressive comeback with 2008's Stronger. 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. Ten of the 12 songs on Carter Girl were written by members of the Carter Family, the trio that wrote and recorded some of country's defining music in the '20s and '30s, while one of the remaining selections, touching on the death of Johnny and June, was adapted by Carlene Carter and Al Anderson from an old Carter Family classic ("Lonesome Valley"), and the other is a poignant tale of her grandparents' scuffling days before they rose to stardom ("Me and the Wildwood Rose"). When Carlene Carter sings about her family, one can hear the love and respect in her voice, as she seems to be in awe of them as much as any of us, and the two originals are deeply moving, but her interpretations of the Carter Family's songbook are also heartfelt and impressive. There's as much rock and blues as country in her takes on "Little Black Train," "Blackie's Gunman," and "Blackjack David," but Carter approaches these songs as something fresh and vital, and she fills them with her own fearless spirit, and when she takes a more traditional route on "Give Me the Roses" and "I'll Be All Smiles Tonight," she sounds strong yet compassionate, melding her strength with the sorrowful tone of the lyrics. And producer Don Was has brought out the best in Carter, matching her up with a top-notch band (including Greg Leisz on steel and electric guitar and Jim Keltner on drums) and bringing in Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, and Kris Kristofferson for memorable vocal cameos. On Carter Girl, Carlene Carter has confronted the mighty legacy of the Carter Family's songbook and allowed it to strengthen her music rather than buckling under its weight, and this ranks with her finest recorded work to date.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/08/2014
Label: Rounder / Umgd
UPC: 0011661918429
catalogNumber: 619184
Rank: 43678

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carlene Carter   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Sam Bush   Mandolin
Kris Kristofferson   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Willie Nelson   Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Jim Keltner   Percussion,Drums
Mickey Raphael   Harmonica
Jack Clement   Acoustic Guitar
Vince Gill   Vocal Harmony,Guest Appearance
Rami Jaffee   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Greg Leisz   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar
Val McCallum   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Don Was   Bass
Elizabeth Cook   Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Lorrie Carter Bennett   Vocal Harmony
Blake Mills   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Joe Breen   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Carlene Carter   Composer,Photo Courtesy
Carter Family   Photo Courtesy
Kris Kristofferson   Duet
Willie Nelson   Duet
Anderson   Composer
Jim Bessman   Liner Notes
A.P. Carter   Composer
June Carter Cash   Composer
Don Was   Producer
Howard Willing   Engineer
Helen Carter   Composer
Marina Chavez   Cover Photo
Elizabeth Cook   Duet
Ezra Carter   Composer
Larissa Collins   Art Direction
Dixie Hall   Composer
Matt Rausch   Engineer
Chris Wilkinson   Engineer
Maybelle Carter   Composer
Tiffany Anastasia Lowe   Personal Assistant

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