By Raiza Giorgi

Spending a day at the lake swimming and water skiing, and then taking in a Spaghetti Western starring Clint Eastwood were some fond memories Carlene Carter shared as she talked about her youth growing up with music legend parents June Carter Cash and Johnny Cash.

“I don’t know why I was blessed to be born into this family, but it’s fun to share tidbits and memories with my audiences. It’s the best way to connect to the music, knowing the story behind the songs,” Carter said in an exclusive interview with the Santa Ynez Valley Star.

Carter is also very fond of her time living in the Santa Ynez Valley the past 10 years, and decided that she wanted to do one last show before her and her husband Joseph Breen move back to Nashville to be close to family. She will be performing with Breen at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, at Standing Sun Wines in Buellton. Standing Sun owner John Wright was a former neighbor to Carter and she said she was excited to be playing his venue before they moved.

“I have seven grandchildren and I want to be near them. I remember being close to my grandmother and watching her canning, crocheting and teaching me to sing,” Carter said.

Tickets to the show are $30 for standing room and $35 for reserved seating. There will be a food truck on site and tickets are will call only. Contact Standing Sun at 805-691-9413. For more information on the winery and other upcoming shows log onto

For the full interview with Carter and more on growing up in the first family of country music, see the March 20 edition of the Santa Ynez Valley Star!