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Mary Chapin Carpenter|Hometown Girl (Album Version)

Hometown Girl (Album Version)

Mary Chapin Carpenter

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Although she gained popularity and commercial success on country radio, New Jersey-born Mary Chapin Carpenter owes as much to folk as she does to country. With the release of her debut album Hometown Girl, Carpenter emerged as a new strong voice in the folk revival of the late '80s. Her songwriting skills are apparent here, and her lyrics read like journal entries of a young musician on the road and trying to make it. She looks back at where she's been and honors her heroes ("Family Hands") while looking ahead at the adventures to come ("A Road Is Just a Road"). Her best songs are the romantic ballads such as "Just Because," the album's highlight, where the spare acoustic arrangements bring out her one of a kind voice. Carpenter also demonstrates the breadth of her musical influences by covering Tom Waits' "Downtown Train" years before Rod Stewart turned the song into a hit. Hometown Girl is an understated affair -- there are not as many rollicking, fun tunes as on future efforts -- but this album is worth checking out for fans familiar with her 1990s catalog.
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1
A Lot Like Me (Album Version)
00:04:33

Jonathan Edwards, Background Vocal - Jonathan Edwards, Harmonica - Robbie Magruder, Drums - Rico Petruccelli, Assistant Producer - Rico Petruccelli, Recording Engineer - Rico Petruccelli, Bass - Mike Stein, Fiddle - Bob Dawson, Mixing Engineer - John Jennings, Mandolin - John Jennings, Recording Engineer - John Jennings, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - John Jennings, Background Vocal - John Jennings, Producer - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Composer - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lyricist - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Performer - Jon Carroll, Piano

(P) 1987 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

2
Other Street and Other Towns (Album Version)
00:04:54

Rico Petrucelli, Assistant Producer - Rico Petrucelli, Recording Engineer - Robbie Magruder, Drums - J. JENNINGS/M. CARPENTER, Producer - Rico Petruccelli, Bass - John Jennings, Electric Guitar - John Jennings, Recording Engineer - Bob Dawson, Mixing Engineer - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Background Vocal - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Composer - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lyricist - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Performer

(P) 1987 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

3
Hometown Girl (Album Version)
00:04:48

Robbie Magruder, Drums - Rico Petruccelli, Recording Engineer - Rico Petruccelli, Bass - Bob Dawson, Mixing Engineer - John Jennings, Producer - John Jennings, Electric Guitar - John Jennings, Recording Engineer - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Composer - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lyricist - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Performer - Jon Carroll, Piano - Scott Young, Oboe

1987 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

4
Downtown Train (Album Version)
00:04:08

Robbie Magruder, Percussion - Robbie Magruder, Drums - Rico Petruccelli, Assistant Producer - Rico Petruccelli, Recording Engineer - Rico Petruccelli, Bass - Tom Waits, Lyricist - Tom Waits, Composer - Bob Dawson, Mixing Engineer - John Jennings, Electric Guitar - John Jennings, Recording Engineer - John Jennings, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - John Jennings, Producer - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Performer

(P) 1987 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

5
Family Hands (Album Version)
00:04:28

Rico Petruccelli, Assistant Producer - Rico Petruccelli, Recording Engineer - Bob Dawson, Mixing Engineer - John Jennings, Producer - John Jennings, Fretless Bass - John Jennings, Piano - John Jennings, Recording Engineer - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Composer - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lyricist - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Performer

(P) 1987 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

6
A Road Is Just A Road (Album Version)
00:03:07

Jonathan Edwards, Background Vocal - Jonathan Edwards, Harmonica - Robbie Magruder, Drums - Rico Petruccelli, Assistant Producer - Rico Petruccelli, Recording Engineer - Rico Petruccelli, Bass - Bob Dawson, Mixing Engineer - John Jennings, Electric Guitar - John Jennings, Recording Engineer - John Jennings, Background Vocal - John Jennings, Producer - John Jennings, Composer - John Jennings, Lyricist - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Composer - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lyricist - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Performer - Jon Carroll, Piano

(P) 1987 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

7
Come On Home (Album Version)
00:03:13

Mary Chapin Carpenter, Background Vocal - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Performer - Steve Buckingham, Producer - Steve Buckingham, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - John Jennings, Background Vocal - Pam Rose, Composer - Pam Rose, Lyricist - Mary Ann Kennedy, Composer - Mary Ann Kennedy, Lyricist - Jon Carroll, Piano - Mark O'Connor, Mandolin - Mark O'Connor, Fiddle - Pat Bunch, Composer - Pat Bunch, Lyricist - Rico Petrucelli, Assistant Producer - Rico Petruccelli, Bass - Robbie Magruder, Drums - Bob Dawson, Mixing Engineer - Bob Dawson, Recording Engineer - Mike Auldridge, Dobro

(P) 1987 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

8
Waltz (Album Version)
00:03:22

Robbie Magruder, Drums - Rico Petruccelli, Assistant Producer - Rico Petruccelli, Recording Engineer - Rico Petruccelli, Bass - Mike Stein, Fiddle - Bob Dawson, Mixing Engineer - John Jennings, Producer - John Jennings, Electric Guitar - John Jennings, Recording Engineer - John Jennings, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - John Jennings, Synthesizer - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Composer - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lyricist - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Performer - Jon Carroll, Piano

(P) 1987 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

9
Just Because (Album Version)
00:04:57

Rico Petruccelli, Assistant Producer - Rico Petruccelli, Recording Engineer - Bob Dawson, Mixing Engineer - John Jennings, Producer - John Jennings, Fretless Bass - John Jennings, Synthesizer - John Jennings, Electric Guitar - John Jennings, Recording Engineer - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Composer - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lyricist - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Performer

(P) 1987 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

10
Heroes and Heroines (Album Version)
00:04:45

Robbie Magruder, Drums - Rico Petruccelli, Assistant Producer - Rico Petruccelli, Recording Engineer - Rico Petruccelli, Bass - Bob Dawson, Mixing Engineer - John Jennings, Producer - John Jennings, Electric Guitar - John Jennings, Recording Engineer - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Vocal - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Composer - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lyricist - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Performer - Jon Carroll, Piano

(P) 1987 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

Album Description

Although she gained popularity and commercial success on country radio, New Jersey-born Mary Chapin Carpenter owes as much to folk as she does to country. With the release of her debut album Hometown Girl, Carpenter emerged as a new strong voice in the folk revival of the late '80s. Her songwriting skills are apparent here, and her lyrics read like journal entries of a young musician on the road and trying to make it. She looks back at where she's been and honors her heroes ("Family Hands") while looking ahead at the adventures to come ("A Road Is Just a Road"). Her best songs are the romantic ballads such as "Just Because," the album's highlight, where the spare acoustic arrangements bring out her one of a kind voice. Carpenter also demonstrates the breadth of her musical influences by covering Tom Waits' "Downtown Train" years before Rod Stewart turned the song into a hit. Hometown Girl is an understated affair -- there are not as many rollicking, fun tunes as on future efforts -- but this album is worth checking out for fans familiar with her 1990s catalog.
© Vik Iyengar /TiVo

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