On First Listen, Carpenter shows what she's made of
Thursday, April 28, 2016
– Mary Chapin Carpenter's new album, "The Things That We Are Made Of," is now streaming at NPR Music's First Listen
Out next Friday, May 6, on Lambent Light Records via Thirty Tigers, "The Things That We Are Made Of" also will be available on vinyl, Carpenter's first since 1992's "Come On Come On."
Produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton), the album features 11 new songs written by Carpenter.
Carpenter will tour behind the disc, including a show at Wolf Trap with special guests The Milk Carton Kids on July 2.
"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).
"Working with Dave felt great from the first day of our sessions," Carpenter said. "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 said he "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."
The track listing is:
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
Tour dates are:
May 1-New York, NY-92nd Street Y (Talk and Performance with Anthony DeCurtis)
May 10-Cincinnati, OH-Music Hall with the Cincinnati Pops
June 4-St. Louis-Powell Hall with the St. Louis Symphony
June 8-Greensboro, NC-Carolina Theatre
June 10-Westbury, NY-The Space at Westbury
June 11-Northampton, MA-Calvin Theatre
June 13-Lancaster, PA-American Music 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 (co-headline with Indigo Girls)
July 2-Vienna, VA-Wolf Trap (with The Milk Carton Kids)
Aug. 27-Chautauqua, NY-Chautauqua Institution
Oct. 8-Boston, MA-Citi Performing Arts Center - Wang Theatre (with Joan Baez)
More dates will be added.
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