Win Tickets ($84): Grammy Winner Mary Chapin Carpenter @ Revolution Hall | w/ Rose Cousins, Americana, Country, Soft Rock

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Mary Chapin Carpenter @ Revolution Hall on September 20. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, September 19.


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Mary Chapin CarpenterMary Chapin Carpenter
September 20, 2016
Doors 7 p.m., Show 8 p.m. | $39.50 ADV / $42 DOS | All Ages

Revolution Hall
1300 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR

For nearly thirty years strong, on many albums like Come On Come On, Stones in the Road, Between Here and Gone, and Ashes and Roses, Mary Chapin Carpenter has earned the trust of her audience through her willingness to look deep into herself and share joys and sorrows, good times and bad. That honesty, that quiet fearlessness, reaches a startling new level on The Things That We Are Made Of. These eleven songs communicate with the plain-spokenness of handwritten, heartfelt letters from a confiding friend; this is art without the artifice. The result is music that is likely to be as powerfully moving as any you have ever heard.

The album is suffused with images of maps and traveling – yearning for stillness when in motion, longing for adventure when in repose. “Do we ever stop dreaming of where we belong?,” Carpenter asks in “Map of My Heart.” That’s just one of many unanswerable questions the album raises. Another song wonders “What Does It Mean To Travel,” and offers a meditation on the complex interweaving of distance and desire. Its interrogative tone is one of the album’s most alluring qualities, and why it stays with you so long even after just one hearing. Those questions invite listeners into a conversation, and implicate them in the emotions the songs display for us. The consequences of our attempts to engage those feelings linger long after the songs themselves have stopped playing. The songs and their questions are now inside us. We are like Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the great gospel blues pioneer whom Carpenter conjures in “Oh Rosetta” as she walks alone in New York, baffled by the world’s refusal of its own redemption. “If the world is offered goodness but doesn’t use it,”Carpenter asks, “Oh, Rosetta, what is it for?” That pained question rests on one of the modest certainties that growing older brings, as she sings in “The Middle Ages”: “love and kindness are all that matter now.”

The first song, “Something Tamed, Something Wild,” opens with the image of “a shoebox full of letters bound up neatly with some twine,” a suggestion of the elements of reflection and remembrance that are so central to the album. Such letters, no doubt, are very much among “The Things That We Are Made Of,” the title song that closes the album. In that aching ballad, Carpenter explores how our lives are comprised of all our experiences – the wonderful and the ravaging, the exalting and the terrifying. We have no choice but to accept the self all those experiences have helped shape and move with hope into the future. “I come on quiet but I’m as fierce as a lion,” Carpenter sings in “Hand On My Back,” and that strength informs all of the album’s unflinching self-examinations.

Rose Cousins
Originally from Prince Edward Island, she lives in Halifax. She has released three albums We Have Made A Spark (2012), The Send Off (2009) produced by Luke Doucet, and If You Were For Me (2006) produced by CBC in Halifax, as well as singles and recordings in collaboration with artists across Canada, the US, Ireland, Australia and beyond.

She has garnered awards including the JUNO for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year, 2 Canadian Folk Music Awards for Best Contemporary Singer, 6 East Coast Music Awards, 3 Nova Scotia Music Awards, 3 PEI Music Awards, and a Polaris Prize long list nomination. In America, We Have Made A Spark was named to NPR’s Top 10 Americana & Folk Albums of 2012, and recognized by USA Today, Oprah Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Folk Alley, Sirius XM, WFUV, WXPN and other media outlets.

The spirit of collaboration is in everything Cousins does. Her firm roots in two vibrant music communities (Eastern Canada and Boston Massachusetts) fuel her music with an evolving cast of talented fellow artists. At any show, anywhere Cousins travels, recruits from the local music scene appear with her on stage, be they emerging or well known. CBC debuted her short film IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND about the community in Boston where her album We Have Made A Spark was made ( ).

Equally unmistakable is the devastating emotions her music evokes. Her songs have appeared in climatic scenes in television shows including Greys Anatomy, Rookie Blue, Heartland, Hope for Wildlife and Drop Dead Diva.

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30 Responses to Win Tickets ($84): Grammy Winner Mary Chapin Carpenter @ Revolution Hall | w/ Rose Cousins, Americana, Country, Soft Rock

  1. mar September 13, 2016 at 1:03 pm #


  2. Linda Maddocks September 13, 2016 at 3:13 pm #

    Her music is beautiful :)

  3. Brian Williams September 13, 2016 at 5:31 pm #

    Would love to win these tickets to give to my wife and her father, who loves country!

  4. Maggie Brees September 14, 2016 at 2:22 am #

    This sounds right up my alley. Love female vocalists. Would love to experience this

  5. Shannon Echavarria September 14, 2016 at 11:39 am #

    I’ve been a fan since her early days. It would be a joy to see her perform live!

  6. Brian September 15, 2016 at 7:07 am #

    Miss Carpenter has a voice of an angel.

  7. molli vandehey September 15, 2016 at 10:47 am #

    she soothes me so much, and i am needing some soothing right now.

  8. Amanda Mayernik September 15, 2016 at 12:02 pm #

    My mom loves her! I grew up on her music and love her too! This would be amazing to win, as my mom’s birthday is the 29th!

  9. Erin V September 15, 2016 at 2:12 pm #

    This would be a great concert to attend!

  10. Brenda September 15, 2016 at 3:23 pm #

    Haven’t seen Chapin in a long time. Used to live in DC when she was just starting out. Would love to go to this

  11. Matt Rasmussen September 15, 2016 at 3:55 pm #

    Need one last date night before pregnant wife and I are in parent mode with kiddo #3! Mary would fit the bill.

  12. Dave G. September 15, 2016 at 3:57 pm #


  13. William Stewart September 15, 2016 at 4:16 pm #

    I would love to hear her <3

  14. Emily September 15, 2016 at 4:58 pm #

    This would be a perfect night!

  15. Robert Haley September 15, 2016 at 7:39 pm #

    Great songs would love to go!

  16. Margaret September 15, 2016 at 8:06 pm #

    Sounds awesome.

  17. Yvonne Wolf September 15, 2016 at 9:11 pm #

    I feel lucky!!!

  18. Ute Kongsbak September 15, 2016 at 10:08 pm #

    I have never heard her live. This would be such a treat!

  19. Teresa September 15, 2016 at 10:43 pm #

    Haven’t heard her in years

  20. andrew enriquez September 16, 2016 at 8:51 am #

    Can’t think of a better place to go on a Tuesday night!

  21. Judy September 16, 2016 at 9:00 am #

    Huge fan of her music and can’t wait to hear her at Revolution!b

  22. Tanya F September 16, 2016 at 9:50 am #

    Oh oh oh pick me please !!
    OMG I would love this , never seen her in concert recently went to a Dwight Yoakum concert and he never showed :((

  23. Rochelle Berghoff September 16, 2016 at 12:39 pm #

    This would be such a fantastic experience! <3

  24. CHRIS September 16, 2016 at 2:41 pm #

    Now that would be a very good show

  25. Julie D September 16, 2016 at 9:44 pm #

    Mary Chapin Carpenter is an all-time favorite of mine and I love Revolution Hall. I Feel Lucky Come On Come On -pick me!

  26. Melissa Robinson September 17, 2016 at 9:40 am #

    So excited that she’s coming to Portland! First heard her on country radio years ago and still a big fan! Cheers to honest, vulnerable, and beautiful music! !!!

  27. Jess September 18, 2016 at 12:55 am #

    Wow! What an opportunity!

  28. M.H. September 18, 2016 at 12:59 am #

    I grew up listening to her. Such a voice!

  29. Kathi nelson September 19, 2016 at 8:03 am #

    Sometimes you’re the windshield, sometimes you’re the bug. Love Mary!

  30. Cory September 20, 2016 at 11:09 am #

    PICK ME!!!!!!!!!

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