Friday, February 5, 2016
– Mary Chapin Carpenter announced she would release a new album, "The Things That We Are Made Of," on May 6.
Carpenter will put out the disc on Lambent Light Records via Thirty Tigers. She had been most recently on Rounder.
Produced by 2016 Producer of the Year Grammy-nominee Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton), the album features 11 new songs, including the lead track "Something Tamed Something Wild."
Carpenter will return to Washington, D.C.'s Wolf Trap for a special performance on July 2. Tickets will go on-sale on Saturday, March 19. Additional tour dates to be announced shortly.
"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."
In 2014, Carpenter released her debut orchestral album, "Songs From The Movie." Arranged and co-produced by Vince Mendoza, the record is comprised of 10 previously recorded compositions including "Between Here and Gone" and "Come On Come On."