When Mary Chapin Carpenter takes the stage at the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center Thursday, Nov. 13, she’ll bring her guitar and nearly four decades worth of songs, writing and stories.
Her longtime friends Jon Carroll on piano and John Doyle on guitars and bouzouki will combine to create an acoustic trio that will perform a cross-section of Chapin’s songs. Tift Merritt will also perform as the opening act.
Carpenter’s style blends rock, folk and country elements, woven together with a talent for storytelling. She is best known for songs such as “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her,” “Passionate Kisses” and “Down at the Twist and Shout.”
Carpenter has won five Grammy Awards, was named the Country Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year in 1992 and 1993, and was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012.
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Carpenter’s appearance is the latest in a concert series that also drew the likes of Lyle Lovett and Amy Grant to the Florence campus.
“Our Concert Series performances to date have successfully opened up the Florence market to new artists in a variety of genres, and we plan to continue the series with several concerts this spring,” said Performing Arts Center Director Laura Sims. “We will make announcements about our spring artists before the end of this year.”
Ticket’s for Thursday’s performance are $59, $69 and $99, and are available at fmupac.org or at the box office. The Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center is at 201 South Dargan St. in Florence.
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
Bridget Winston, Special to The State