Don't forget today is Carlene Carter Day!
WHEREAS, Carlene Carter was born on September 26, 1955 in Nashville, Tennessee to her mother June Carter and her father Carl Smith and a grandmother deeply rooted in country music history, Maybelle Carter, part of country music's founding family, the Carter Family who had only 28 years earlier participated in the 1927 Bristol Session recordings; and
WHEREAS, time moved forward and she became big sister to Rozanna Lea Nix (Rosie) from her mother's marriage to Edwin Lee Nix; later she became part of the Johnny Cash family when her mother married Cash in 1969 and Cash became her step-father, she found herself step-sister to Roseanne Cash and later step-sister to John Carter Cash, son of June and Johnny; and
WHEREAS, Carter realized her musical talents early-on at age six when she began to play the piano and at age ten began playing the guitar and as a part of such musically blessed families she grew up always singing along with famous kin; and
WHEREAS, when Carlene Carter sings about her family, one can hear the love and respect in her voice, as she seems to be in awe of them as much as any of us. She has allowed the legacy of her celebrated family to strengthen her music of which can be witnessed in her voice and songs today; and
WHEREAS, in 1977 at the tender age of 22 she released her self-titled debut album and became known as an acclaimed singer-songwriter; Carlene Carter added actress to that list in 2005 when she and her cousin appeared in a Nashville musical "Wildwood Flowers". The show was about the lives and careers of Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters, Carlene played her mother June; and
WHEREAS, Carlene Carter continues to carry the legacy of her family today and has never forgotten her roots that are steeped in these mountains of her grandparents; and
WHEREAS, just as she closed the show "Wildwood Flowers" with the song lyrics of the ever popular Christian hymn, "Will the Circle Be Unbroken"; There are loved ones in the glory, whose dear forms you often miss, when you close your earthly story, will you join them in their bliss. Will the circle be unbroken by and by, by and by...; and
WHEREAS, Carlene Carter continues to keep the voice of country music born of the mountains of East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, alive and thriving for generations to come, and insuring the circle will go unbroken. It is appropriate that with the opening of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, we recognize her gift of continuing the legacy and carrying it forward so that the "big bang" of our music, country music, continues to be heard around the world; and
NOW, THERFORE, I, LEA POWERS, MAYOR OF THE CITY OF BRISTOL TENNESSEE AND I, CATHERINE D. BRILLHART, MAYOR OF CITY OF BRISTOL VIRGINIA DO HEREBY PROCLAIM THAT AUGUST 3, 2014 DESIGNATED: CARLENE CARTER DAY
In the city of Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia, and I ask all citizens to join me in this observation.