MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER SET TO RETURN TO THE BIRCHMERE FOR TWO SPECIAL SHOWS THIS DECEMBER
THE THINGS THAT WE ARE MADE OF OUT NOW
ALBUM PRODUCED BY DAVE COBB
Mary Chapin Carpenter will return to The Birchmere for two special homecoming shows on December 6 & 7. Tickets for the performances go on-sale this Friday, September 23 at 10am ET.
Additional upcoming tour highlights include performances with Joan Baez at Boston’s Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre on October 8 and Philadelphia’s Academy of Music on October 9 as well as two-night run at the historic Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO on November 11 & 12.
The shows cap off a remarkable year of worldwide touring for Carpenter, including her first ever concert in Norway, following the release of 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.
Released to widespread acclaim, 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.
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 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
*with special guest Garrison Starr
†with special guest Rose Cousins
‡with Joan Baez
September 22 /// Folsom, CA /// Harris Center*
September 23 /// Downey, CA /// Downey Civic Theatre*
September 24 /// Tucson, AZ /// Fox Theatre*
September 25 /// Scottsdale, AZ /// Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts*
September 27 /// Riverside, CA /// Fox Performing Arts Center†
September 28 /// Solana Beach, CA /// Belly Up†
September 29 /// Monterey, CA /// Golden State Theatre†
October 1 /// San Francisco, CA /// Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
October 7 /// Arrington, VA /// The Festy Experience
October 8 /// Boston, MA /// Citi Performing Arts Center - Wang Theatre‡
October 9 /// Philadelphia, PA /// Academy of Music‡
October 23 /// Fort Myers, FL /// Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Center†
October 25 /// Jacksonville, FL /// Florida Theatre†
October 26 /// Fort Lauderdale, FL /// Parker Playhouse†
October 28 /// Sarasota, FL /// Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall†
October 29 /// Clearwater, FL /// Capitol Theatre†
October 30 /// Orlando, FL /// The Plaza Live†
November 1 /// Tahlequah, OK /// Northeastern State University Center for the Performing Arts†
November 3 /// Dallas, TX /// The Majestic Theatre†
November 4 /// Austin, TX /// Paramount Theater†
November 5 /// Oklahoma City, OK /// Hudson Performance Hall
November 11 /// Estes, Park, CO /// The Stanley Hotel
November 12 /// Estes, Park, CO /// The Stanley Hotel
December 6 /// Alexandria, VA /// The Birchmere†
December 7 /// Alexandria, VA /// The Birchmere†
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