Acclaimed singer-songwriter MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER will make her triumphant return to Los Angeles with a Thursday, September 27 performance at Los Angeles’ CLUB NOKIA. This show will also feature a performance by Sara Watkins. Tickets for this show go on sale Friday, August 10 at 10:00am.
Mary Chapin Carpenter has been through enormous difficulties in recent years. But the anguish of her experiences has resulted in a stunningly beautiful collection of songs. The troubadour’s new Ashes and Roses album ranks as her most powerful in years, perhaps even her strongest ever.
The album’s extraordinary song list is doubtless, one reason how and why Mary Chapin Carpenter can press forward. The loss conveyed in “The Swords We Carried” is expressed in a hushed melancholy that caresses the listener. No song in memory has so perfectly or poetically portrayed the emotion of grief as “Learning the World” does. In the sonorous, atmospheric, determined “Fading Away,” sadness is exchanged for the recognition of letting go. Yet in the lilting and vividly visual “New Year’s Day” we find optimism and renewal. The rhythmic, driving “I Tried Going West” trades a heartache for a homecoming. “Soul Companion,” a groove-soaked duet with James Taylor, is a journey toward finding connection in the world again. The intimate “Old Love” wishes for love that endures. Songs like the “What to Keep and What to Throw Away” and the sighing bonus track, “One Who’s Not Enough” are deeply personal accounts of heartbreak’s fallout. Despite their themes, both lyrics contain elements of emotional forward progress. Stately and melodic, ringing and atmospheric, “Chasing What’s Already Gone” urges strength and wisdom in looking back. From those lyrics comes the title of the album. Finding peace in the passage of time is also the theme of her philosophical ballad “Don’t Need Much to Be Happy.” The album-closing “Jericho” is performed as a stark meditation with her lustrous alto voice accompanied only by the piano playing of the record’s co-producer, Matt Rollings. This is another song where the heart heals and beats anew. In the lovely “Another Home” and “Transcendental Reunion” we find deep, nurturing spirituality.
After she graduated from Brown University she began strongly emphasizing her original songs in those D.C. venues. Her talent perked up ears in Nashville, America’s songwriting capital. In the 1990s, her folk-pop style was enthusiastically embraced by country radio. She won five Grammy Awards and was named the Country Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year in 1992 and 1993. A string of Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum albums yielded a bounty of self-penned hits including “Never Had it So Good,” “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her,” “Down at the Twist and Shout,” “I Feel Lucky,” “I Take My Chances,” “Shut Up and Kiss Me” and “Tender When I Want to Be.” Her songs have also been recorded by such diverse artists as Joan Baez, Wynonna, Maura O’Connell, Mary Black, Cyndi Lauper, Shawn Colvin, Dianne Reeves, Betty Buckley, Tony Rice and Trisha Yearwood. In 2006, she signed with Rounder Records and began issuing collections on its Zoë imprint. These have included the critically applauded and Grammy nominated The Calling (2007), Come Darkness Come Light: 12 Songs of Christmas (2008) and her most recent Grammy nominated album, The Age of Miracles (2010).
Tickets for this Club Nokia show range from $55 to $29.50. Tickets for Club Nokia events are available at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.ticketmaster.com and from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM, Mon-Fri at the STAPLES Center Box Office located at 1111 S. Figueroa St. No fees are charged at the STAPLES Center box office or at the Club Nokia box office on show days (open after 5 PM).
About Club Nokia: CLUB NOKIA, a multi-use concert and entertainment venue–located in the heart of the acclaimed L.A. LIVE sports, residential and entertainment district–accommodates over 2,300 guests. Featuring state-of-the-art acoustics designed for live entertainment, Club Nokia opened in November 2009 and is the perfect venue for emerging music acts, iconic artists, cultural shows and special events while also providing excellent space for corporate events and private parties. The theatre brings the latest technology to music enthusiasts including an innovative interactive experience embedded in foot-controlled floor interfaces, touchscreens, and a large LED installation within the lobby of the Club Nokia space. This interactive experience allows users to scroll through the history and the future of Club Nokia events and interact with pictures, video and text messages submitted by fellow concert fans. Since its opening, Club Nokia has hosted a massive array of eclectic events: packed concerts of every musical genre (Band of Horses, Motorhead, Adam Lambert, Drake, Matisyahu, Queens of the Stone Age, Vince Gill, The Specials, La Roux, to name but a few); comedians (Lisa Lampanelli, Sarah Silverman, Jim Jefferies and more); special month-long residencies (The Pee-wee Herman Show, Cirque Berzerk); awards shows (Grammy nominations concert, Revolver Golden Gods Awards) and private events.
Club Nokia was awarded “Best New Major Concert Venue” in 2009 at the Pollstar Concert Industry Awards and won “Nightclub of the Year” at the 2010 Pollstar Awards.