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Mary Chapin Carpenter in Studio on World Cafe - 04/03/2007

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Mary Chapin Carpenter: Country Gets Company

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Mary Chapin Carpenter: Country Gets Company

Mary Chapin Carpenter in Studio on World Cafe - 04/03/2007

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Set List

  • "Why Shouldn't We"
  • "Houston"
  • "The Calling"
  • "On with the Song"

Mary Chapin Carpenter's music is often classified as country, for lack of a more accurate term. In reality, the multiple Grammy winner blends folk, rock and country, all intertwined with her own original melodies and lyrics.

Carpenter signed a major-label deal while she was still on the open-mic circuit, and she quickly became a commercial success with hit albums like Come On Come On. But her music has become less conventionally country-driven over time, and she's continued to explore themes of independence and anti-materialism in her songwriting. Carpenter's new disc, The Calling, touches on thorny political subject matter — and reunites her with John Jennings, with whom she worked with at the beginning of her career.