Mary Chapin Carpenter confirms livestream concert from Wolf Trap for November 27

Article Contributed by Sacks and Company | Published on Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Tickets are now on sale for acclaimed singer, songwriter and musician Mary Chapin Carpenter’s “One Night Lonely,” a one-of-a-kind livestream concert broadcast from her favorite venue, Virginia’s legendary Wolf Trap, on Friday, November 27 at 8:00pm ET/7:00pm CT. A rare solo performance by Carpenter, the special event will remain available to view throughout Thanksgiving weekend and will also be later released as a live album. To purchase tickets for the concert and pre-order the album, visit Additionally, in this season of giving, fans will also have the option to add a donation for World Central Kitchen to their ticket fee. WCK believes that a fresh meal is more than a plate of food—it’s a sign that someone cares and there’s hope for the future.

Of the performance, Carpenter shares, “Strange yet magical, those are my words to describe how I expect it to feel being alone on this hometown stage at Wolf Trap. I imagine the stillness of the empty seats and the lonely echo of all this space. I miss seeing the audience and feeling that connection, I am grateful for the opportunity to play a solo show, which I haven’t done for a very long time. As we enter the holiday season, so many of us are apart from the ones we love. I hope this concert—which will include songs from my first record to my most recent release—will bring us a little closer, until we can gather again, shoulder to shoulder, celebrating live music once more. The fact that this new performance comes 25 years after the release of my live special, Jubilee: Live from Wolf Trap, only makes the occasion sweeter.”

The concert celebrates the release of Carpenter’s widely hailed new album, The Dirt And The Stars, which is out now on Lambent Light Records (stream/purchase here). Produced by Ethan Johns (Ray LaMontagne, Paul McCartney, Kings of Leon) the album was recorded entirely live at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios in Bath, in southwest England and was released to widespread critical praise: 

“a major star…consistent, beautiful work”—NPR Music

“pristine performances that mirror the pensive intimacy of her mature, weathered but still hopeful songs”—The New York Times 

“a gorgeous listen, with its easygoing arrangements and folky nature in lockstep with the record’s theme of empowering self-love”—Rolling Stone 

“one of country music’s most reliable and empathetic songwriters offers a profoundly intimate record, full of hushed revelations”—Pitchfork

“an American musical icon…as her efforts continue to confirm, when she shares that creative impetus, people are prone to listen.”—American Songwriter

“her songs enfold us in their warmth, their candor, their understated beauty, and their soulfulness”—No Depression

“Her voice—intelligent, slightly wry, effortlessly warm without being calculatedly ingratiating—makes the songs eminently inhabitable for the listener”—PopMatters

“true emotional complexity…one of her standout albums”—All Music

“melodically soothing, but lyrically evocative”—The Boot

“the best and most profound music of her career…a finely-crafted masterpiece”
—Sounds Like Nashville

“yet another reminder of the Grammy-winning artist’s incomparable 
talent”—Wide Open Country 

“Resonant and glowing”—Music Row

“soft folk-rock filled with lush keyboards and layered guitars…Mary Chapin Carpenter’s songs speak to all of us”—Glide

“arguably the most intimate and autobiographical of her career…a seam of hope for the future runs through this record”—The Bluegrass Situation

“her most timeless and comforting album...Carpenter’s voice is velvet and the music feels effortless”—WMOT Roots Radio 

“There’s no wonder she’s in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of 
Fame”—San Francisco Chronicle

“a musical force…while she’s always been an exceptionally deep writer when it comes to lyrics, most of the 11 tracks here are a little extra deep.”—Houston Press 

In conjunction with the album, Carpenter also released a new conversation series, “One Story with Mary Chapin Carpenter and Sarah Kay.” Listen at Apple PodcastsSpotify or wherever you get podcasts. Produced by Magnificent Noise, the three-part series features Carpenter and poet Sarah Kay—founder and co-director of Project VOICE—discussing Carpenter’s acclaimed career as well as the songs, themes and recording processes of The Dirt And The Stars. Since launching, the podcast has received immense global attention with the first episode debuting as the #1 music interview podcast on Apple Podcasts in both the U.S. and U.K. and in the top ten in Canada, Australia, Denmark, Netherlands, Italy and Columbia.