Song of the Day #4,160: ‘You Win Again’ – Mary Chapin Carpenter

Today’s track is from Mary Chapin Carpenter’s 1990 album Shooting Straight in the Dark, the country artist’s third album and first to go platinum.

She followed this album with 1992’s Come On Come On, by far her most popular album, then the double platinum Stones in the Road in 1994.

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Song of the Day #3,278: ‘The Hard Way’ – Mary Chapin Carpenter

I’ve lamented the lack of women in Round Two of Montauk Madness (in Round One, as well, for that matter). That’s my fault, of course, as I could have deliberately offered up a more balanced lineup.

Could I have found room for Mary Chapin Carpenter or k.d. lang, for example, two women who have released an album or two I love but many more I’ve never heard? How about Brandy Clark, Ashley Monroe or Kacey Musgraves, who have only a couple of albums each under their belts, but very strong ones? Continue reading

Song of the Day #1,315: ‘When She’s Gone’ – Mary Chapin Carpenter

One of the neat things about Random Weekends is happening upon songs that I’ve long ago forgotten I own.

Today’s track is a cut from Mary Chapin Carpenter’s 1990 album Shooting Straight in the Dark. It’s a lovely ballad about the end of a relationship, specifically the man’s apathetic reaction to his lover walking out on him.

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Song of the Day #1,027: ‘The Bug’ – Mary Chapin Carpenter

Bob Dylan has two songs represented over the next couple of weeks, and so too does Mark Knopfler. First up is Mary Chapin Carpenter’s take on Dire Straits’ ‘The Bug,’ a hit track from their final album, 1991’s On Every Street.

Carpenter released her version of the song on her 1992 album Come On Come On, a fine work that also includes ten original compositions and her hit cover of Lucinda Williams’ ‘Passionate Kisses.’

This song is a good case study for the old “can anything be country?” argument. I’d classify the Dire Straits original as more of a blues rock track, but it’s really not all that different from Carpenter’s version, which is clearly country.

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