Mary Chapin Carpenter coming to Beaver Creek
Editor’s note: Director’s Chair is a weekly column where Kris Sabel, who is in charge of cultural programming for the Vail Valley Foundation, gives his expert take on shows not to be missed.BEAVER CREEK – Mary Chapin Carpenter’s summer tour kicked off this week in Nashville and will continue on through the U.S., with a final performance at Wolftrap, the famed outdoor venue in Washington DC. The U.S. tour includes 14 dates and one of those is right here in Beaver Creek Thursday at 8 p.m.Carpenter was originally slated to play the VPAC in June of 2007 but had to cancel her tour when she suffered a pulmonary embolism. It was while recovering that summer that she began writing the material that would eventually become her latest album, “The Age of Miracles”, released in April.The following is from her website: “Mary Chapin Carpenter offers a snapshot of her life on her latest release, the critically acclaimed “The Age of Miracles,” which she calls a personal exploration of regret and resilience. Written during and after her recovery from a life-threatening pulmonary embolism, Carpenter looked inward to try to answer the unavoidable question of ‘What Now?’ The outcome is a collection of songs that blends personal tales of discovery and experience with more distant and imagined stories of one’s purpose and relationship to the universe.”Carpenter will be performing songs from the new album Thursday night along with many of her biggest hits, including: “Right Now,” “Down at the Twist and Shout,” “I Feel Lucky,” “Passionate Kisses,” “The Hard Way,” “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her,” “I Take My Chances” and “Shut Up and Kiss Me.”While the record industry labeled Carpenter a country star, her music has always been a blend of folk, country, acoustic, rock and blues, which has broadened her fan base and led to her success on both the country and adult contemporary charts. Her early musical influences came from listening to her sister’s records, which included The Mamas & the Papas, Woody Guthrie, The Beatles and Judy Collins. Carpenter has recorded 12 albums, sold over 13 million records, won 5 Grammy’s and 3 Country Music Association awards. She was recently 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 include Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Judy Collins and Joan Baez, among others.It is a pleasure and a privilege to have Mary Chapin Carpenter perform in our community, and I hope you will join us for this special evening.