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Carelene Carter plays Nashville, LA

Friday, May 2, 2008 – Carlene Carter has hit the concert trail in support of her new CD, "Stronger." She opened for Elvis Costello in Memphis and at the Ryman in Nashville last week. She then jetted to LA to play a sold out show at The Mint, where she was joined by producer and former Doobie brother John McPhee.

"Carlene's heart and soul just come through. . . She's smart, and she's a good writer, so you know it's gonna be good," he said. "But this is more than just a bunch of songs. She pulls no punches. She's brave, and she has this attitude to face life, to go on. She's been through a lot, and she figured out how to pull something from it."

Carter takes her third generation Carter family music to Europe next week and will continue her tour in Southern California the end of May.

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