In the summer of 2020, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Emily Barker were due to be on the road together touring throughout the United States. Obviously, that did not happen. They have however, both separately released brand new, critically acclaimed albums: ‘The Dirt and The Stars’ (Carpenter) “is as richly melodic as any she has ever recorded.” **** FT and ‘A Dark Murmuration of Words’ (Barker) “An album of spare, striking beauty” – MOJO ****
During their time touring together over the past few years, the two have become close friends and on Wednesday 28th October 3pm BST, you can join them in conversation as they talk about their new albums, where they’re finding inspiration in 2020, as well as there’ll be a couple of songs played live and the opportunity to ask a question yourself. Go to INSTAGRAM @americanafest to listen in.
Mary Chapin said about Emily
“As Emily’s tour mate for over two years, I had the opportunity to observe her enchanting the audience every night with her songs, her singing and her stellar musicianship. Now, with her new album, she takes the listener to beautiful, deeper places that will cement her standing as one of acoustic/Americana music’s most original and gifted artists.” Mary Chapin Carpenter
Emily said about Mary Chapin
“I’ve had the honour of opening shows and singing harmonies with Mary Chapin Carpenter on extensive tours throughout the USA and UK in the past few years. It is beautiful to witness how deeply her audience connect with her songs – as if they are treasured friends who’ve seen them through life’s changing seasons. Her new album, The Dirt and The Stars, is a stunning record, full of healing and beauty and when I put it on, I am transported to a stage, stood beside Mary Chapin, singing a harmony and looking out at a crowd enraptured by the power of her storytelling.” Emily Barker
Over the course of her acclaimed career, Carpenter has sold over 14 million records. With hits like “Passionate Kisses” and “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her,” she has won five Grammy Awards (with 15 nominations), two CMA awards, two Academy of Country Music awards and is one of only fifteen female members of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Born and raised in a small town in Western Australia, Barker relocated to England in her 20s. Barker is best known as the writer and performer of the award-winning theme to the acclaimed BBC/PBS Masterpiece crime drama Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh; she also wrote the theme to the BBC’s noir thriller The Shadow Line; the soundtrack to UK indie movie Hector (starring Peter Mullan and Keith Allen) and contributed to the soundtrack for US Civil War epic The Keeping Room (Sam Worthington, Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld).
Barker’s previous album ‘Sweet Kind of Blue’ was recorded in Memphis with Grammy-winning producer Matt Ross-Spang, leading to her receiving the UK Americana Artist of the Year award in 2018.