Country music icon Carlene Carter returns to music with her first album of new material in six years with ‘Carter Girl.’
In her return Carter enlists music legends such as producer Don Was, musicians Willie Nelson (“Troublesome Waters”), Vince Gill (“Lonesome Valley 2003”), Kris Kristofferson (“Black Jack David”), Sam Bush (“Blackie s Gunman”) and old family recordings to pay homage to the first family of music – the Carter Family. Carter cousin Lorrie Carter Bennett and Carlene’s husband Joe Breen also make appearances on the album.
The 12-track release revisits classic Carter Family collections along with original songs which inspire Carlene’s roots of music. Aided by talented musicians (Jim Keltner, Rami Jaffee, Greg Leisz, Sam Bush, Mickey Raphael, Blake Mills, Don Was and the late Cowboy Jack Clement), the album is a mixture of honky tonk swagger as on opening track “Little Black Train” and “Poor Old Heartsick Me“ with beautiful ballads like “Give Me The Roses (while I live)” and “Me and The Wildwood Rose”, which is a heart wrenching tale of the Carter Family.
Fittingly, the album closes with the Carter classic “I Ain’t Gonna Work Tomorrow” which features Carlene’s aunts Helen and Anita Carter, as well as her mom, June Carter Cash and Johnny Cash on the chorus.
‘Carter Girl’ is a collection of songs which would make the Carter (and Cash) Family very proud. With these new songs, Carlene is breathing life into music history which should never ever be forgotten.