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  • Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin pose in separate shots.

An Acoustic Evening
with Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin

7:30 pm Saturday, October 19, 2013

Acclaimed songwriters (and longtime friends) Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin share the stage as an intimate duo, performing material spanning their vast catalogues as well as some of their favorite songs. Carpenter has recorded twelve albums and has sold more than thirteen million records. With hits like “Passionate Kisses” and “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her,” Carpenter has won five Grammy Awards (with fifteen nominations), two Country Music Association Awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards for her vocals, and was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in October 2012. Her songs speak to the most personal of life’s details and the most universal. Ashes and Roses, Carpenter’s newest album, was released in June 2012 by Zoë/Rounder. This is Carpenter’s twelfth studio album and features a special duet with James Taylor on the track “Soul Companion.” Colvin has won three Grammy Awards, including two for the hit single “Sunny Came Home,” and has been nominated for another seven. She has released ten albums, appeared on countless television and radio programs, had her songs featured in major motion pictures, and created a remarkable canon of work. In June 2012, Colvin released her eighth studio album, All Fall Down. Recorded in Nashville and produced by her longtime friend Buddy Miller, it features a group of stellar musicians, including Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Bill Frisell, and Jakob Dylan. The album’s release coincided with the publication of Colvin’s memoir, Diamond in the Rough, which looks back over a rich lifetime of highs and lows with stunning insight and candor. In its pages we witness the inspiring story of a woman honing her artistry, finding her voice, and making herself whole.

Artistic Viewpoints is not offered for this event.

Don and Mary Ellen Fisher

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