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Carter Harder With A Little 'Starlight'

NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Country comrades Carlene Carter and Tammy Faye Starlite will be appearing at Joe's Pub on Wednesday, January 26th for an evening of classic country.

Carlene Carter, the prodigal child of country music royalty — is the granddaughter of Mother Maybelle Carter of the original Carter Family, daughter of June Carter and country great Carl Smith and stepdaughter of Johnny Cash.

Since she broke out in the late 70s Carlene has been blurring lines between rock and country when and has recorded with the likes of Graham Parker, Clarence Clemons, Nick Lowe, Paul Carrack, Dave Edmunds, and Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers' Howie Epstein among others.

Circling back to her Carter Family roots in recent years, Carlene will be performing at Joe's Pub accompanying herself on autoharp and guitar with a keyboard player making for an intimate set of music and stories that she calls "a one-woman show with a sidekick."   Of her current run of performance dates, she notes, "I'm going to try to do something every night that I've never done before."

Carlene's most recently released album, Stronger, garnered excellent press notices as well as praise from her peers.  Of the album, Elvis Costello wrote, "It is astounding."

Lyricist Bernie Taupin called it "a staggering achievement by one of the great voices and fearless hearts of country rock."

Opening for Carlene is Tammy Faye Starlight, who most recently starred at Joe's Pub in Chelsea Mädchen; she portrayed Nico, the glamorously decadent Velvet Underground chanteuse.

An accomplished country vocalist, Starlight is best known for her portrayal of a godly country singer whose set list includes songs such as “Miguided Magdalene,” “God Has Lodged a Tenant in My Uterus,” "Ride The Cotton Pony" and the classic “Did I Shave My Vagina For This?”

Tammy Faye has performed the entirely of Carlene Carter's two Nick Lowe-produced album, Musical Shapes and Blue Nun in a tribute show of her own devising.

Tammy Faye remarked, "It's a surreal dream come true to be sharing the stage with this legend who has been such a huge influence.  On some level, it's like the New York Dolls opening for the Rolling Stones."

Upcoming Carlene Carter performance dates:
1/22 – Festival Place – Sherwood Park, Alberta
1/26 – Joe's Pub (with special guest Tammy Faye Starlite) – New York, NY
1/28 – Kleinhans Music Hall – Buffalo, NY
1/29 –  Smith Opera House – Geneva, NY

— Crystal Lynn Huntoon