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MUSIC Johnny Cash’s stepdaughter to play in Headford

Going Out
Walk the line to Headford Carlene Carter comes to town

Country Music
Michael Commins

CAMPBELL’S Tavern in Cloughanover, Headford, will welcome Carlene Carter, daughter of June Carter-Cash and stepdaughter of one of country’s most famous legends, Johnny Cash, for a special concert on Saturday night, February 20.
Campbell’s has established a strong reputation for hosting quality acts over the past few years, and a number of touring US performers, including Iris Dement and John Prine, have performed there.
Carlene Carter (pictured) is daughter of June and her first husband, country singer Carl Smith, who died last week at the age of 82 at his home in Tennessee. He had 41 chart singles in the 1950s including’ Are You Teasing Me?‘, ‘Hey Joe!’ and ‘Back Up Buddy’.
Smith married June Carter in 1952, a fellow member of the Grand Ole Opry show, a weekly country radio programme. They had one child, singer Carlene Carter. After divorcing in 1956, Smith left the Grand Old Opry. He married singer Goldie Hill the following year. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2003, having retired from singing in 1978.
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 her acclaimed 1980 album, Musical Shapes. 
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, she embraced her country roots, and the prodigal daughter began to make her own records again.
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’. 
Carlene’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 her to diverse audiences. 
Jess Cline from the United States, who released her country album recently, will be the support act for Carlene Carter’s show in Headford. Doors open at 9pm, and tickets, which cost€22.50 each, are only available from Campbell’s at 093 35454, or

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