Mary Chapin Carpenter at the Bijou

Mary Chapin Carpenter can make me cry in less than ten bars into one of her songs. Her lyrics are simple and poignant, and often I find them so relatable I have to wonder how she read my mind.


I had the chance to see her at the Bijou, and this was my first time to ever watch her perform live. She's so calm and cool, and I love that she has a different guitar for each song. And those guitars are awesome. 

Mary Chapin is an incredible performer. She's witty. She knows how to tell a great story. And for someone who speaks softly and sings with warmth that soothes like a cup of hot tea, she has such a commanding stage presence and can silence an entire auditorium the minute she opens her mouth.

I'm so glad I got to see her perform. It was moving and personal, but I guess that's the sign of a truly great singer/songwriter.

Oh, and one word about her opener, Tift Merritt... AMAZING.