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Mary Chapin Carpenter Release New Single “What Does It Mean To Travel”

Mary Chapin Carpenter’s new song, “What Does It Mean To Travel,” premiered yesterday at American Songwriter and can now be heard/shared HERE. Of the song, American Songwriter praises, “Along with Cobb’s production, Carpenter has crafted an acoustic-driven track that taps into the introspective songwriting she’s best known for.”

“What Does It Mean To Travel” is the latest song unveiled from the renowned and beloved singer, songwriter and performer’s anticipated new album, The Things That We Are Made Of, which will be released May 6 on ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Lambent Light Records via Thirty Tigers (pre-order: webstore, iTunes, Amazon). Each digital pre-order comes with an immediate download of “What Does It Mean To Travel” along with “Something Tamed Something Wild” and “Map Of My Heart.”

In celebration of the release, Carpenter will embark on an extensive tour this spring and summer, including shows in Greensboro, NC, Northampton, MA, Lancaster, PA, New Brunswick, NJ, Ridgefield, CT, Lowell, MA, Brownfield, ME, Englewood, NJ, State College, PA, Highland Park, IL, Vienna, VA and Chautauqua, NY. Additionally, on May 1, Carpenter will join renowned music journalist and author Anthony DeCurtis for a special conversation and performance at New York’s 92nd Street Y. Tickets for the event can be purchased here. See below for complete itinerary. Additional dates to be announced soon.

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.


1. Something Tamed Something Wild

2. The Middle Ages

3. What Does It Mean To Travel

4. Livingston

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


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*

July 2—Vienna, VA—Wolf Trap

August 27—Chautauqua, NY—Chautauqua Institution

*co-headline with Indigo Girls

About RJ Frometa

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