No stranger to the entertainment scene, this contemporary country gal has experienced numerous awards and recognition in her career, such as winning a CMA Award, CMT Female Artist Of The Year, and nominations for Grammys, Golden Globe Awards and the Blockbuster Entertainment Award.
Carter has enjoyed the success of many hits including “Strawberry Wine” and “Did I Shave My Legs For This” as well as more recent hits she co-wrote such as “You & Tequila,” as recorded by Kenny Chesney.
She has also made several TV appearances, including Entertainment Tonight, Good Morning America, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, in addition to earning several magazine honors, being one of People Magazine’s 50 most beautiful people in the world and inclusion in Newsweek’s “100 Americans For The Next Century.”
Regarding all of her accomplishments, she stated, “I still have to pinch myself over the Grammy Nominations. Those are to be put in a category with such high caliber. Such pinnacle points!”
Growing up in Nashville, Carter always had exposure to music. Her dad, the late Fred Carter Jr., was a well known guitarist, producer, and publisher who worked with country legends such as Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Simon & Garfunkel and Bob Dylan.
“I come from a very musical family for sure,” she said.
Among Carter’s main influences in the music industry are Simon & Garfunkel, Roger Miller, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and Jackson Browne.
In the earlier days of her career, Carter was known for performing on stage barefoot.
“Back then, I would do it for comfort and to not be nervous,” she said. “It did become sort of a trademark, but as an artist, I’ve grown.”
She explained how she was named after Dean Martin.
“Around the time I was born, my dad wrote a song that Dean Martin recorded called ‘It Just Happened That Way,’ so I guess the timing was right.”
“Songwriting is so important to be able to get out what I’m feeling, things I’ve lived through in my life, and life experiences,” she said. “… It’s been such a blessing to be able to communicate, to be given a gift to relay feelings of human conditions.”
Not only does Carter write and perform, she now produces her own albums under her “Little Nugget” label.
Carter has toured with artists such as Dwight Yoakum, Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney and Keith Urban.
In her earlier days, Carter earned a degree in Rehabilitation Therapy at the University of Tennessee, and worked with stroke patients and those with head injuries, but later decided to follow her heart in a career of music.
She describes her latest album “Southern Way Of Life,” as “a non-apologetic approach to the way of life and the way I see life.”
This weekend’s shows will feature a trio, instead of Carter’s full band, to reflect a more ‘in your living room’ kind of feel, according to Carter.
Tickets start at $30 and may be purchased by calling Cactus Petes Hotlines at 1-800-821-1103 or 1-866-667-3386.