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Mary Chapin Carpenter coming to the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater



The music world is all abuzz about where Garth Brooks' big comeback tour will take him, so as long as we're on the subject of mid-'90s country, let's spend a couple of minutes on Mary Chapin Carpenter.

The singer-songwriter is best known for her endlessly hit-spawning 1992 album Come On Come On -- Passionate Kisses! He Thinks He'll Keep Her! The Hard Way! I Feel Lucky! -- but her entire discography is littered with sweet, folksy songs about love and loss and hard lives. Anyone who thinks Kacey Musgraves or Brandy Clark is the be-all-end-all of authentic country folk in 2014 needs to take a deep dive into Carpenter's catalog.

Or maybe they can check her out on Nov. 7 at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater. Carpenter will bring her intimate acoustic tour to the Cap, where she'll perform stripped-down versions of her biggest hits and deepest cuts alongside a pianist and multi-instrumentalist. She'll also be joined by opener Tift Merritt, a solid draw in her own right.

In a way, it's a departure for Carpenter -- not only because of her pop-country past, but because in recent years she's taken to performing with full orchestras, especially since the release of her debut orchestral album, Songs From the Movie. (What, you didn't know Mary Chapin Carpenter was also a composer? Like we said: The lady's got talent.)

Tickets to the Capitol Theatre show are $52.75-$72.75, and they'll go on sale Saturday. Click here for details.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 11:12am]


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