On her 1992 breakthrough album Come On Come On, Mary Chapin Carpenter sang, "We've got two lives, one we're given, the other one we make." For her, that estimate now seems too conservative.
Chapin Carpenter's current tour, which touches down at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek Thursday evening, July 29, at 8 p.m., will not only reintroduce her much-loved country hits and more recent, yet less familiar, material to audiences, but will also give her the chance to play songs from the critically lauded 2007 recording, The Calling, since, "life interrupted", just as that tour was to get underway.
As the tour, which included a Vilar stop, was just hitting its stride, Carpenter experienced severe chest and back pain. She continued to perform until a bout of breathlessness took her to the emergency room, where she learned she had suffered a pulmonary embolism.
Now, with the April release of her 12th recording, The Age of Miracles, it's not an overstatement to suggest that it's a rebirth --- a third life for her. The album is a personal exploration of regret and resilience, but also a larger, more universal expression of wonder at the times we are living in.
Over the course of her recording career, Carpenter has won five Grammy Awards and sold over 13 million records. She has scored 12 Top 10 singles, including “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her,” which was nominated for a Record of the Year Grammy Award.
Come On Come On moved Carpenter into the stratosphere of the country music scene. The album went triple platinum, received three Grammy awards, had seven hit singles, and spent two years at the top of the Billboard's charts.
Tickets for Mary Chapin Carpenter are priced at $72 and are available HERE, by phone at 888.920.ARTS(2787) or in person at the Vilar Center box office in Beaver Creek. Tickets are available online 24 hours a day; the box office is open Monday through Friday from 11am-5pm MST, with additional hours on performance days.