Mary Chapin Carpenter

Tift Merritt opens
Exclusive Engagement

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 8:00 pm
(doors open at 7:00 pm)

exclusive Bay Area two-night engagement

$58 advance / $62 door

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October 15 8:00 pm

Mary Chapin Carpenter

We are sold out of advance tickets. Standing room only tickets will be available once the show starts at 8pm.

Mary Chapin Carpenter has been writing and singing unforgettable songs long enough to have sold more than 13 million records, won five Grammy awards, twice earned honors as the Country Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year, and gained membership to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Her songs – such marvels as “Come On Come On,” “Stones in the Road,” “Shut Up And Kiss Me,” and “What To Keep And What To Throw Away” – provide the ideal showcase for her gorgeous voice, so clear and pure and full of depths. She sings with utter conviction. Even when she confesses doubts and fears, she sounds entirely sure of what she feels.

Her latest album, Songs From The Movie, recorded in London with a 63-piece orchestra and a 15-voice choir, combines her love of film and her love of symphonic music to reinvent ten of her classic originals in symphonic form. Together, the songs work like the soundtrack of an imaginary movie. “Singing with an orchestra is very different from singing with a band,” Mary Chapin says. “I had to learn to ride the enormous wave of sound an orchestra produces but not over sing at the same time. Finding a quiet voice while still conveying strength was the way in.” A quiet voice that conveys strength – that’s the essence of her music, really – a quiet voice that conveys strength, beauty, and, when you need it most, a flash of transcendence.

Born in Princeton, New Jersey, raised mostly in Washington, D.C., Mary Chapin began playing her mom’s bass ukulele at an early age, moved on to guitar, and started writing songs and playing in D.C. clubs even before she graduated from Brown University. A record deal with Columbia Records led to her first album, Hometown Girl, in 1987, and many more outstanding albums have followed. Such artists as Wynonna Judd, Cyndi Lauper, Trisha Yearwood, Maura O’Connell, Mary Black, and Dianne Reeves have recorded her songs, and she’s also collaborated with greats like James Taylor and Tony Bennett, Joan Baez and Shawn Colvin, Dolly Parton and the Indigo Girls. Joining her are Jon Carroll on piano and John Doyle on guitar. Get your tickets early. This is a show you won’t want to miss.

Tift MerrittTift Merritt keeps getting better and better, and she’s been great from the start. Her first album, Bramble Rose, made Top Ten lists at The New Yorker and Time, and the Associated Press named it the best debut album of 2002. Nick Hornby featured one of its songs, the haunting “Trouble Over Me,” in his book 31 Songs. Her second album, Tambourine, was nominated for a Grammy. Her third album was nominated for an Americana Music Association award, and her fourth album won great acclaim – Emmylou Harris praised her for standing out “like a diamond in a coal patch.” Recently, though, her music has grown even stronger, with three outstanding albums, Traveling Alone, Traveling Companion, and Night, recorded with classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein. Her original songs are artfully crafted, emotionally rich, and beautifully sung. She embraces complexity, not settling for any sort of simple message, but striving for the full story, and capturing so much beauty in the process. Her aim, says the Washington Post, has been “to record something ‘real and raw,’ but Traveling Alone is far more than that.” In the words of the Huffington Post, “It could not be more timeless, less trendy. It has just the right proportion of kick-ass songs to whispered meditations.”

Tift grew up in North Carolina, moved to France for a while, and now makes her home in New York. “The first person that I wanted to be like was Eudora Welty,” she said in a recent interview, “and then of course I found Joni Mitchell and Emmylou Harris and Carole King, and that was really who I wanted to emulate—those leading ladies who had a point of view and a lot of dignity and purpose.” The New Yorker has called her “the bearer of a proud tradition of distaff country soul that reaches back to artists like Dusty Springfield and Bobbie Gentry,” and she’s extending that legacy of soulful searching and beautiful truth-telling.

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