C arlene's own career started in the late s when she went to England to record her acclaimed self-titled debut album with Graham Parker and the Rumour , and Musical Shapes with Nick Lowe and Rockpile. F ollowing her Stronger CD which Elvis Costello called " astounding " , Carlene Carter returned in with a tribute to the timeless music of her historic family that critics hailed as " a triumph ," " masterpiece ," " an album for the ages ," and " really quite perfect. A second tour followed in along with a new album, Sad Clowns and Hillbillies , including material by both singer-songwriters. C arlene has recently relocated to the Nashville suburb of Madison, Tennessee where she grew up, and now enjoys being a vital part of the local music scene, hosting her acclaimed series Carlene Carter's Wonderful World of Women Who Write at The Bluebird Cafe, and working with her brother John Carter Cash and many more relations on the new album, The Carter Family - Across Generations. Repeats airing on PBS or click the pic above to watch online.
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Carlene Carter has always straddled the line between country and rock and followed her own path. Beginning her career as a rock singer in the mid-'70s, she became immersed in the new wave in the late '70s before emerging as a new country singer in the late '80s. Carlene is the daughter of June Carter and Carl Smith , who divorced when their daughter was just two. June would frequently take her daughter on Carter Family tours, which meant that Carlene developed a musical interest at an early age.
Between and the present, Carter has recorded 12 albums, primarily on major labels. In the same timespan, she has released more than 20 singles, including three No. Her solo recording career had begun in the late s with her eponymous debut album. Together, they formed a revived version of The Carter Family , and were featured on a television episode of Austin City Limits along with Johnny Cash. Carter's career really took off with the album I Fell in Love , in The album and title song topped the US country albums and singles charts, respectively. Epstein helped Carter get her career back on track, producing I Fell in Love and co-authoring its title track with longtime collaborator, Milwaukee writer Perry M. The album, which featured straight-ahead, retro-sounding country unlike her prior work, which had combined country, rock and roll and pop sounds was among the first successes of the s "neotraditionalist" movement in country. Epstein and Carter were engaged in the mid to late s, but never married. Epstein died in of a suspected drug overdose.