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Carlene Carter Sets Bluebird Residency

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Carlene Carter has announced an October residency at Nashville’s famed Bluebird Cafe. Aptly titled “Wonderful World of Women Who Write,” the series will feature some of her favorite female songwriters and collaborators. Lilly Hiatt and Elizabeth Cook will be featured at the October 2 show. Lauren Morrow and Pam Tillis are scheduled for October 16, and Gretchen Peters and Matraca Berg will join Carter on October 30. All shows are 9 p.m. Central.

“I wanted to celebrate my return to Nashville by inviting women who inspire me in their writing,” said Carter, daughter of country music legends June Carter and Carl Smith and granddaughter of “Mother” Maybelle Carter. “I was brought up in a songwriting family of women writers, and there is a sisterhood that is so special and solid between women who write. Each one of these ladies have inspired me in their works, and I am so honored that they all said YES!”

Reservations will be available on a pre-paid basis for $25.00 one week ahead of the show date at www.bluebirdcafe.com.

“When I got the call about Carlene’s wish to create this residency, I was thrilled she would want to mark her return to Nashville here at The Bluebird,” said Erika Wollam Nichols, General Manager of The Bluebird Cafe. “We’re delighted that we can present this series to welcome Carlene is back to town, and share in her musical collaborations with these amazing and spirited women during the month of October!”

About Carlene Carter: Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Carlene Carter is the daughter of country music legends June Carter and Carl Smith, stepdaughter of Johnny Cash, and granddaughter of "Mother" Maybelle Carter of the original Carter Family.

Carlene's own career started in the late 1970s 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).  She co-wrote hit songs for Emmylou Harris ("Easy From Now On") and The Doobie Brothers ("One Step Closer"), shared the Top 40 Pop duet "I Couldn't Say No" with Robert Ellis Orrall, then "came home to country" in the 1990s with hits like "I Fell in Love," "Come On Back," "Every Little Thing," and her own TV shows on VH1 and TNN.

Following her 2008 Stronger CD (which Elvis Costello called "astounding"), Carlene Carter came on back again in 2014 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."  But while she is often referred to as "country music royalty," she simply calls herself (and the album) Carter Girl.

Starting in January 2015, Carlene was Special Guest on the John Mellencamp Plain Spoken Tour, playing to over 250,000 fans in sold-out theaters across the United States and Canada.  A new album, Sad Clowns and Hillbillies, was released on April 28, 2017 including material by both singer-songwriters. Carlene said: "It's not a traditional kind of duets album. I think people are really going to enjoy it."  Mr. Mellencamp told The Today Show: "She pulled me out of the dump, the doldrums."