Country star Carlene Carter coming to The Smith

Carlene Carter will perform live on stage Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 7:30pm at The Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca Street, Geneva, NY. CARLENE CARTER has always straddled the line between country and rock. Daughter of the legendary and beloved June Carter Cash and Country Music Hall of Famer Carl Smith, granddaughter of Maybelle Carter of the original Carter Family and stepdaughter of the enduring Johnny Cash, she is heir to one of the richest musical legacies of all time.Long known as a Nashville “wild child,” the young Carlene Carter embarked on a series of ricochet romances, musical experiments, and headline-grabbing escapades that made her one of the most colorful characters in the country-rock pantheon. A stint in London resulted in marriage to rock star Nick Lowe and to her acclaimed 1980 album Musical Shapes, forerunner of a sound Nashville would come to embrace in the 1990s.When her “party girl” era ended, Carlene returned to Nashville. In the mid-80s, she joined her mother and aunts as a member of The Carter Family. Touring with the Johnny Cash Show, Carter embraced her country roots, and the prodigal daughter began to make her own records again, this time on Music Row. In the 1990s, she sailed to the top of the country charts with such jaunty tunes as the GRAMMY nominated “I Fell in Love,” as well as “Come on Back,” and “Every Little Thing.”Carter’s long-awaited current release, Stronger, represents a mature melding of her country and rock influences. Her witty personality, ready smile, and country-hip manner continue to endear diverse audiences.Carlene’s career has occasionally sputtered through the emotional whirlwind of her existence, but she has confidently reclaimed her focus. She boasts a new love, new songs, a new record, a new sound, a new manager, a new booking agency, and a renewed outlook on life. For Carlene Carter, the past is the past. And today begins her Stronger future.“Carlene Carter’s long-awaited return fluctuates between the sassy country-rock of her past and reflective acoustic-country tunes about her present.” – Associated PressGeneral admission tickets are $20, senior/college student tickets are $15 and free for students grade 12 and under. More information at (315) 781-LIVE or visit www.thesmith.org for more information or by calling (315) 781-5483. The Smith accepts MasterCard, Visa and Discover. Box office hours are weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 pm.

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