Mary Chapin Carpenter in Layton
Published: July 19, 2012 01:23PM
Updated: July 19, 2012 01:23PM
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Courtesy photo Mary Chapin Carpenter recalls seeing Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary. "I got to do a concert with Paul several years ago. Life’s one big concert."

One of the biggest mysteries in the music world revolves around the use of “Chapin” in the name of acclaimed singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter. Should “Chapin” and “Carpenter” be hyphenated? Was it her middle name? Did she randomly add “Chapin” to avoid confusion with the 19th-century educational and social reformer Mary Carpenter? In a phone interview, the singer said “Chapin” is in fact part of her first name, much like Mary Anne. So, when addressing her, call her Mary Chapin — not Mary, as she politely corrected me. She’s touring to promote her most personal album yet, this year’s “Ashes & Roses,” which details the toughest five years if her life, when she dealt with a the death of a parent, a debilitating illness that prevented her from touring for three years, and a painful divorce (detailed in the poignant “What to Keep and What to Throw Away”). “I’ve always found songwriting to be how I connect to the world,” she said. “I’m speaking to life’s transitions.”

When • Thursday, July 26, at 7:30 p.m

Where • Ed Kenley Centennial Amphitheater, 405 N. Wasatch Drive, Layton

Tickets • $26 to $49 at www/tickets.davisarts.org