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Mary Chapin Carpenter looks for Miracles in April

Wednesday, January 13, 2010 – Mary Chapin Carpenter will be back with "The Age of Miracles" on April 27 on Zoe/Rounder Records. This will be Carpenter's first CD since "Come Darkness, Come Night," a holiday disc she did in 2008 where she wrote all the songs. Her last regular studio CD was 2007's "The Calling."

Recorded in Nashville, the 12-track album was produced by Carpenter and long-time collaborator Matt Rollings (Lyle Lovett, Keith Urban) and was recorded and mixed by Chuck Ainlay (Mark Knopfler, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson). Carpenter was backed by a band that includes Rollings (piano, B-3 organ), Russ Kunkel (drums), Duke Levine (electric and acoustic guitar), Glenn Worf (bass), Dan Dugmore (steel and 12 string guitar) and Eric Darken (percussion). The album also features guest vocals by Vince Gill on I Put My Ring Back On and Alison Krauss on I Was a Bird.

A national tour is planned surrounding the release.

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