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Mary Chapin Carpenter Releases “What Does It Mean To Travel”

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Mary Chapin Carpenter’s new song, “What Does It Mean To Travel,” premiered yesterday at American Songwriter. 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 6th 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.

Produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton), the album features eleven new songs written by Carpenter. Already receiving widespread critical acclaim, Rolling Stone praises, “…beautifully sums up where she’s been and sets the stage for what’s yet to come… ’Something Tamed Something Wild’ and indeed the entire new album finds the songwriter at her most thoughtful and also at times sweetly whimsical, perfectly capturing the buoyant spirit of her early successes and also serving as a reminder that she remains one of the most grounded, sentient songwriters of her generation,” while, of “Map Of My Heart” Music Row’s Robert Oermann asserts, “I love the brisk, crisp texture of this lightly rocking performance. Carpenter sounds like ‘the Everly Sisters’ as the rhythm section throbs relentlessly and the electric guitar gooses the track with some deep twang. And it goes without saying that her lyrics are totally evocative.”

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.”

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

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