You might not know it, but you definitely know a song or two (or seven) from Mary Chapin Carpenter’s breakout album—1992’s Come On, Come On. From “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her” to the much-covered “Passionate Kisses,” there’s no doubt that it’s her most well-known album.
In fact, Chapin Carpenter was riding so high in the mid-nineties that she hold the distinct honor of being the only person to ever win four consecutive Grammy Awards in the category of Best Female Country Vocal Performance.
And in the years since Come On, Come on, she’s written for, or co-written with, everyone from Wynonna Judd to Joan Baez.
But here’s what you might not know. Chapin Carpenter is still making music—maybe more than ever. While the singer-songwriter’s catalog has become less radio-friendly and more politically aware, her style becomes harder and harder to peg down. Is she country? Americana? Folk? Well, it depends on the day. It depends on the song. It just depends.
Mary Chapin Carpenter plays Red Butte Garden Thursday night. Sarah Jaroz opens. Doors at 6, show at 7. Tickets are still available here.