Mary Chapin Carpenter performs Thursday in Layton
Published: July 25, 2012 02:42PM
Updated: July 25, 2012 02:42PM


Mary Chapin Carpenter performs Thursday in Layton.

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 at 7:30 p.m
Where • Ed Kenley Centennial Amphitheater, 405 N. Wasatch Drive, Layton
Tickets • $26 to $49 at www/tickets.davisarts.org