ary Chapin Carpenter will embark on an extensive tour this spring and summer, including shows in Northampton, MA, New Brunswick, NJ, Ridgefield, CT, Lowell, MA, Brownfield, ME, Englewood, NJ, State College, PA, Highland Park, IL, Vienna, VA and Chautauqua, NY. Tickets pre-sales begin this Wednesday with general on-sales following on Friday, March 18 at 10am ET (except for Wolf Trap, which goes on-sale Saturday, March 19). See below for complete itinerary. Additional dates to be announced soon.
The tour celebrates the renowned and beloved singer, songwriter and performer’s anticipated new album, The Things That We Are Made Of, which will be released May 6 on Lambent Light Records via Thirty Tigers (pre-order: webstore, iTunes, Amazon).
Produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton), the album features eleven new songs written by Carpenter, including the lead track “Something Tamed Something Wild,” of which Rolling Stone praises, “...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.” Additionally, Billboard recently premiered the song, “Map Of My Heart,” which can now be heard/shared HERE.
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 Rhodes) and Jimmy Wallace (piano, B3 organ).
Of the album, Carpenter comments, “Working with Dave felt great from the first day of our sessions. He is always willing to try something new, believes that ‘yes’ is the only answer, and surrounds himself with wonderfully talented and generous musicians; by the end of the project, I felt as if I was a part of a new family.”
Cobb adds, “I wanted to work with Mary Chapin because very few people can cut with words like she can. She’s an absolute poet and legend. I was so happy to collaborate on this album together.”
Over the course of her acclaimed career, Carpenter has recorded 14 albums and 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 for her vocals and is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Most recently, 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.
THE THINGS THAT WE ARE MADE OF TRACK-LISTING:
1. Something Tamed Something Wild
2. The Middle Ages
3. What Does It Mean To Travel
5. Map Of My Heart
6. Oh Rosetta
7. Deep Deep Down Heart
8. Hand On My Back
9. The Blue Distance
10. Note On A Windshield
11. The Things That We Are Made Of
MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER CONFIRMED TOUR DATES
May 10—Cincinnati, OH—Music Hall with the Cincinnati Pops
June 4—St. Louis—Powell Hall with the St. Louis Symphony
June 11—Northampton, MA—Calvin Theatre
June 15—New Brunswick, NJ—State Theatre
June 16—Ridgefield, CT—Ridgefield Playhouse
June 17—Lowell, MA—Boarding House
June 18—Brownfield, ME—Stone Mountain Arts Center
June 19—Brownfield, ME—Stone Mountain Arts Center
June 28—Englewood, NJ—Bergen PAC
June 29—State College, PA—State Theatre
July 1—Highland Park, IL—Ravinia Festival*
July 2—Vienna, VA—Wolf Trap
August 27—Chautauqua, NY—Chautauqua Institution
*co-headline with Indigo Girls