Carpenter announces tour

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 – Mary Chapin Carpenter will tour this summer in support of her upcoming CD, "Sometimes Just the Sky."

The CD is out March 30 on Lambent Light Records via Thirty Tigers. The record features new versions of some of Carpenter's songs as well as one newly written song, which became the title track.

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 1 song from each of her 12 studio albums along with "Sometimes Just The Sky."

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."

The track list is:
1. Heroes and Heroines
2. What Does It Mean To Travel
3. I Have A Need For Solitude
4. One Small Heart
5. The Moon and St. Christopher
6. Superman
7. Naked To The Eye
8. Rhythm of the Blues
9. This is Love
10. Jericho
11. The Calling
12. This Shirt
13. Sometimes Just The Sky

Tour dates are:
June 16-Lenox, MA-Tanglewood Performing Arts Center*
June 17-Pittsburgh, PA-Byham Theatre
June 18-Bloomington, IN-Buskirk Chumley Theater
June 20-Wichita, KS-Orpheum Theatre
June 21-Omaha, NE-Holland Performing Arts Center
June 22-Denver, CO-Denver Botanic Gardens
June 24-Aspen, CO-Belly Up
June 26-Sun Valley, ID-Sun Valley Resorts
July 12-Bayfield, WI-Lake Superior Big Top Chautaqua
July 15-Ann Arbor, MI-The Ark
July 16-Columbus, OH-Davidson Theatre
July 20-Portland, ME-State Theatre
July 21-22-Brownfield, ME-Stone Mountain Arts Center
July 25-Ridgefield, CT-Ridgefield Playhouse
Aug. 1-Gettysburg, PA-The Majestic Theatre
Aug. 2-Virginia Beach, VA-The Sandler Center For The Performing Arts
Aug. 3-Durham, NC-Carolina Theatre
Aug. 7-Charleston, SC-Charleston Music Hall
Aug. 9-Chattanooga, TN-Walker Theater
Aug. 11-Vienna, VA-Wolf Trap
* with David Crosby, Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen

Tickets for the newly announced shows go on-sale this Friday, March 2 at 10 a.m. local time.

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