There are only two schools of country music. One is centered south of the Mason-Dixon Line and east of the Mississippi River, and the other isn't. If your mother is June Carter (Cash) and your grandmother is Maybelle Carter, I don't believe that you have any choice but to belong to the first school. Carlene Carter has her heart and soul deep in the center of country music.
I Fell In Love is Carlene Carter's benchmark. She covers every country sub-genre from tearful lullabies of remembrance (The Sweetest Thing) to swing (My Dixie Darlin'). Her honky-tonk is charming. On `I Fell In Love' Carlene's boast "I fell in love" is questioned by a male chorus with "What do you want to do that for?" `Come On Back' rocks with a Buddy Holly sensibility and radiant girl chorus harmonizing "Baby, come on back to me." Howie Epstein (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) produces I Fell I Love with touches of pop and rock. The country two-step `The Leavin' Side' is garnished with bright jangling guitars. The elegant gem is `Easy From Now On' with tasteful guitar lines and beautiful vocal harmonies. Session aces include drummer Jim Keltner (a stylist who other instrumentalists study in Drums 101) and the refined guitar of Albert Lee (provocative, yet never flashy).
Carlene pays a touching and nostalgic tribute to her roots in `Me And The Wildwood Rose' by recognizing the love shared by her, her mother and grandmother. I Fell In Love is a sterling model of love, family and country music.