Mary Chapin Carpenter’s new album, Ashes and Roses, is out now to widespread critical acclaim (Zoë/Rounder Records). Of the release, USA Todayproclaims, “…exquisite…,” while Parade Magazine asserts, “…showcases some of her most interesting and intimate work yet—nuanced reflections on marriage, memory, and mortality.” In celebration of the release, Carpenter will embark on a North American headlining tour this summer and fall, including dates at Wolf Trap, Ravinia and Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium on October 5 with tickets going on sale Friday, August 15 at 10:00 a.m. and available here. You can also to win a limited edition Hatch Show Print by entering here.
On August 1, the first in a series of fan-generated music videos for Carpenter’s new song, “Soul Companion,” premiered YouTube. Featuring a duet with James Taylor, “Soul Companion” is the first single from the new record. For the making of the video, Carpenter turned to her fans, asking them to submit a photo of themselves and their “soul companion” (human, animal, object, etc). Due to the overwhelming response (over 800 photos were submitted via Instagram and email), Carpenter decided to make a series of “Soul Companion” videos featuring all of the photos received. The remaining videos will premiere throughout the next few weeks.
Recorded in Nashville, the new 13-track album was produced by Carpenter and long-time collaborator Matt Rollings (Lyle Lovett, Keith Urban) and recorded and mixed by Chuck Ainlay (Mark Knopfler, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson). Carpenter was backed by a band that included Rollings (piano, B-3 organ), Russ Kunkel (drums), Duke Levine (electric and acoustic guitar) and Glenn Worf (bass). Of making the record, Carpenter notes, “I was so fortunate to work again with these seminal musicians. Our history of making records together serves us in the most wonderful ways. Getting back into the studio this time felt as exciting as the very first opportunity we had to gather together.”
Mary Chapin Carpenter has recorded 12 albums and has sold over 13 million records. With hits like “Passionate Kisses” and “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her,” Carpenter has won five Grammy Awards (with 15 nominations), two CMA awards and two Academy of Country Music awards for her vocals. Her songs speak to the most personal of life’s details and the most universal. Recently, Carpenter was honored with the Americana Association’s esteemed “Spirit of Americana Free Speech in Music Award,” which recognizes artists who have used their work to raise awareness and promote free speech. Past recipients of the award include Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Joan Baez, Judy Collins and Steve Earle.