Mary Chapin Carpenter’s “Sometimes Just The Sky” out March 30 Mary Chapin Carpenter’s anticipated new album, Sometimes Just The Sky, will be released March 30 and is now available for pre-order (Lambent Light Records via Thirty Tigers). A celebration of her acclaimed 30-year recording career, the landmark record features new versions of some of Carpenter’s most beloved songs as well as one newly written song, which became the title track. In advance of the album’s release, the lead track “Heroes and Heroines” is premiering today. Listen/share HERE. Of the song, Billboard praises, “…the new rendition features not only different flavors and textures created by the players but also a deeper meaning within the lyrics, which hold up 30 years later.” Produced by Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Paul McCartney, Ray LaMontagne), the 13-track album was recorded entirely live at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios outside Bath, England. Joined by long-time collaborator Duke Levine on guitar and a handpicked band of Johns’ favorite musicians, Carpenter reimagined one song from each of her twelve studio albums along with “Sometimes Just The Sky.” See below for complete track list. On the album title and newest song Carpenter says, “I read a beautiful interview with Patti Smith in which she said that you don’t have to look far or wide, and it doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive or madness in order to find things to soothe you in life, or to be happy about. Sometimes just the sky makes everything fall into perspective.” In celebration of the release, Carpenter will embark on a North American tour later in the year. Tour dates will be announced soon. Over the course of her acclaimed career, Carpenter has sold over 14 million records. With hits like “Passionate Kisses” and “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her,” she has won five Grammy Awards (with 15 nominations), two CMA awards, two Academy of Country Music awards and is one of only fifteen female members of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Most recently, in 2016, Carpenter released The Things That We Are Made Of. Produced by Grammy Award winning producer Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton), the album features eleven new songs and was released to overwhelming critical praise. The Associated Press called it, “…an evocative collection of songs,” while The HuffPost declared, “…Carpenter is now at the height of her musical career, painting a compelling, relevant piece of art tinged with mixed feelings of grief and joy, all without preaching or darkening our minds with sadness.” Previously, in 2014, Carpenter released her acclaimed debut orchestral album, Songs From The Movie. Arranged and co-produced by six-time Grammy winner Vince Mendoza, the record is comprised of ten previously recorded compositions including “Between Here and Gone” and “Come On Come On.” Since it’s release, Carpenter has performed alongside the New York Philharmonic, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the London Concert Orchestra, the L.A. Philharmonic and the National Symphony Orchestra among many others. SOMETIMES JUST THE SKY TRACK LIST: Heroes and Heroines What Does It Mean To Travel Continue reading
PERFORMANCE CELEBRATES 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF CARPENTER’S DEBUT ALBUM Mary Chapin Carpenter will return to Wolf Trap on August 12 for a special concert coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the release of her acclaimed debut album, Hometown Girl. Very special guest Lucinda Williams, who wrote “Passionate Kisses,” which Carpenter later recorded, will open the unique performance. Tickets go on-sale Saturday, March 18 at 10:00am ET (fan club pre-sale will launch tomorrow at 10:00am ET). Additional events celebrating the 30th anniversary year will be announced shortly. The Wolf Trap concert will feature material from throughout Carpenter’s acclaimed career, including songs from her most recent album, The Things That We Are Made Of. Released last year to widespread acclaim on Lambent Light Records via Thirty Tigers (webstore, iTunes, Amazon), the album was produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton) and features eleven new songs written by Carpenter. The Associated Press calls it, “…an evocative collection of songs,” while The Huffington Post declares, “…Carpenter is now at the height of her musical career, painting a compelling, relevant piece of art tinged with mixed feelings of grief and joy, all without preaching or darkening our minds with sadness.” Additionally, NPR Music featured the album in their “First Listen” series. Most recently, Carpenter collaborated with Peter Wolf for a special duet of “Cry No More.” Their rendition of the song is featured on Amazon’s Valentine’s Day playlist. Listen here. Over the course of her acclaimed career, Carpenter has recorded 14 albums and sold over 14 million records. Beloved by fans and critics alike, she has won five Grammy Awards (with 15 nominations) and is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Previously, in 2014, Carpenter released her debut orchestral album, Songs From The Movie, which was arranged and co-produced by six-time Grammy winner Vince Mendoza. Since it’s release, Carpenter has performed alongside the New York Philharmonic, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the London Concert Orchestra, the L.A. Philharmonic and the National Symphony Orchestra among many others. MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER TOUR DATES July 21—Steamboat Springs, CO—Strings Music Festival July 30—Bayfield, WI—Big Top Chautauqua August 12—Vienna, VA—Wolf Trap* *with very special guest Lucinda Williams
MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER PERFORMS ON “CBS THIS MORNING“ THE THINGS THAT WE ARE MADE OF OUT NOW – ALBUM PRODUCED BY DAVE COBB – TOUR DATES CONFIRMED Mary Chapin Carpenter recently stopped by “CBS This Morning” to perform three songs as part of their “Saturday Sessions” series. Watch Carpenter play “Something Tamed Something Wild,” “Map Of My Heart” and “The Blue Distance.” The performances celebrate her widely praised new album, The Things That We Are Made Of, which is out now on Lambent Light Records via Thirty Tigers (webstore, iTunes, Amazon). The album is also available on vinyl-Carpenter’s first since 1992’s Come On Come On. Carpenter is currently in the midst of an extensive tour in support of the album, including newly confirmed dates this fall in Florida, Oklahoma and Texas. See below for details. Released to widespread acclaim, NPR Music praises, “If The Things That We Are Made Of sees the country veteran searching for memories to inscribe and old roads to rut, it finds her most often looking t oward the unknown with grace and breaking fecund ground with top producer Dave Cobb,” and goes on to assert, “Her album plays out both sides of that classic country gesture at the unknown-darkness and latent enlightenment -and by emphasizing both, she accomplishes what sounds like a transformation.” Additionally, the Associated Press calls it, “…an evocative collection of songs,” while The Huffington Post declares, “…Carpenter is now at the height of her musical career, painting a compelling, relevant piece of art tinged with mixed feelings of grief and joy, all without preaching or darkening our minds with sadness.” Produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton), the album features eleven new songs written by Carpenter. Of the album’s lead track, “Something Tamed Something Wild,” Rolling Stone asserts, “…beautifully sums up where she’s been and sets the stage for what’s yet to come… ‘Something Tamed Something Wild’ and indeed the entire new album finds the songwriter at her most thoughtful and also at times sweetly whimsical, perfectly capturing the buoyant spirit of her early successes and also serving as a reminder that she remains one of the most grounded, sentient songwriters of her generation,” while, of “Map Of My Heart” Music Row‘s Robert Oermann states, “I love the brisk, crisp texture of this lightly rocking performance. Carpenter sounds like ‘the Everly Sisters’ as the rhythm section throbs relentlessly and the electric guitar gooses the track with some deep twang. And it goes without saying that her lyrics are totally evocative.” The Things That We Are Made Of was recorded at Nashville’s Sound Emporium and Low Country Sound studios during the spring and summer of 2015. In addition to Carpenter (vocals, electric/acoustic guitar), the album features Cobb (electric/acoustic/gut string guitar, percussion, Moog, Mellotron), Annie Clements (bass), Brian Allen (bass), Chris Powell (drums, percussion), Mike Webb (piano, B3 organ, reed organ, Mellotron, Fender Rhod es) and Jimmy Wallace (piano, B3 organ). Of the album, Carpenter comments, “Working with Dave felt great Continue reading
Mary Chapin Carpenter & More To Be Inducted Into The Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame Foundation. The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation (NaSHOF) announced today the 2012 inductees into the Hall of Fame: Tony Arata, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Larry Henley and Kim Williams. Arata and Williams were named in the Songwriter category; Carpenter was elected in the Songwriter/Artist category; and Henley will be inducted in a new Veteran Songwriter category. The four new inductees will be welcomed into the elite songwriter’s community by their peers and leaders in the Nashville music community at the 42nd Anniversary Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony, presented by AT&T, on Sunday, October 7, at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel. “Among all the great songwriters who have put the music in Music City, only a select few are elected to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. We are delighted to accord this honor to Tony, Kim and Mary Chapin, and pleased as well to recognize Larry as the first inductee in the Veteran Songwriter category.” -John Van Mol, chairman of the foundation’s board of directors. This past year, the Foundation created a Veteran Songwriter selection process to run parallel to regular Hall of Fame balloting. Instead of being voted on by professional songwriters and Hall of Fame members on the regular ballot, those in the Veteran category (whose first significant songs appeared 30 or more years ago) are considered by a special committee of Hall of Famers and other contemporaries most familiar with their work. Tony Arata’s songwriter credits include hits such as “The Dance” (Garth Brooks) and “Here I Am” (Patty Loveless). Kim Williams’ resume is known for hits such as “Three Wooden Crosses” (Randy Travis) and “Ain’t Goin’ Down Till The Sun Comes Up” (Garth Brooks). Larry Henley is the tunesmith behind the smash “The Wind Beneath My Wings” (Gary Morris, Bette Midler) and “’Til I Get It Right” (Tammy Wynette). Mary Chapin Carpenter popularized many of her own compositions such as “Down At The Twist And Shout” and “I Feel Lucky.” The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony is one of the music industry’s foremost events of the year. The evening features tributes and performances of the inductees’ songs by special guest artists. NaSHOF’s sister organization, the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), also presents its annual awards for the year’s best Song, Songwriter and Songwriter/Artist, as well as the Top 10 “Songs I Wish I Had Written,” as determined by the professional songwriters division. Tickets for the event are $225 each. A limited number of seats are available to the public this year and may be purchased (as available) by contacting event director Mark Ford at firstname.lastname@example.org or 615-256-3354.