Next month Carlene Carter embarks on the 16-date 2016 Plain Spoken Tour with John Mellencamp. This is a continuation of their hugely successful trek across North America last year that encompassed 80 dates and won praise from critics and fans alike. Carter will perform solo, followed by Mellencamp, and then she will join him on stage for a handful of songs.
 

Carlene Carter has been releasing music for almost four decades. Daughter of June Carter and Carl Smith, and stepdaughter of Johnny Cash, her most recent album Carter Girl (Rounder Records), pays homage to her own musical lineage, consisting of songs culled from the Carter Family songbook as well as Carlene Carter originals. Carter Girl, produced by Don Was, features guest artists Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Kris Kristofferson and Elizabeth Cook. The album’s repertoire serves as the cornerstone of her one-woman live set. After attending a 2015 Plain Spoken Tour performance, Jeffrey Lee Puckett of the Louisville Courier-Journal wrote, “The Carter Family was ground zero for country music as we know it, and Carter carried the weight of that immense legacy with an easy grace and rich humanity.”   

 

“Opening act Carter delivered a captivating set that was full of storytelling and her rich, penetrating voice,” commented Randy Cordova of the Arizona Republic last year. “Though the mood of her songs was often darkly somber – ‘Lonesome Valley 2003’ is about the death of her mother, June Carter Cash – Carter’s sass and molasses-and-honey delivery is like the aural equivalent of a warm hug.”

 

Carter and Mellencamp have a rich history of working together. Carlene was involved in Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, a touring musical co-written by Stephen King and Mellencamp, and produced by T-Bone Burnett. Ghost Brothers tunes, including “Tear This Cabin Down” and “Away from This World,” have been performed as Carter/Mellencamp duets in past Plain Spoken Tour dates. 

 

Kicking off on April 1 in Tulsa, OK at the Brady Theater and concluding on April 23 in Albany, NY, with over a dozen Midwest and east coast dates in between, the 2016 Plain Spoken Tour will give audiences the chance to see and hear Carlene Carter, whom the Portland Oregonian’s Jeff Baker describes best as “a spirited member of the First Family of American music who can fire up an older audience with nothing but talent, sassy stories, acoustic guitar and piano.”

 

Tickets for all Plain Spoken Tour dates are currently on sale.

 

2016 Plain Spoken Tour  

ALL DATES WITH CARLENE CARTER AND JOHN MELLENCAMP

1-Apr  Tulsa, OK Brady Theater

2-Apr  Thackerville, OK WinStar World Casino

4-Apr  Springfield, MO Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts

5-Apr  Davenport, IA Adler Theatre

7-Apr  Duluth, MN DECC Symphony Hall

9-Apr  Lawrence, KS Lied Center of Kansas

10-Apr  Springfield, IL Sangamon Auditorium

12-Apr  Muncie, IN Emens Auditorium

13-Apr  Huntington, WV Keith Albee Theater

15-Apr  Mount Pleasant, MI Soaring Eagle Casino

16-Apr  Wheeling, WV Capitol Theatre

17-Apr  Erie, PA Warner Theatre

19-Apr  Hartford, CT The Bushnell Performing Arts Center

20-Apr  Portland, ME Merrill Auditorium

22-Apr  Rochester, NY Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

23-Apr  Albany, NY Palace Theatre

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