Comprehensive Mary Chapin Carpenter Discography

Page 4: Guest Appearances on Albums by Other Artists

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These are appearances by Mary Chapin Carpenter on albums by other artists. On some she sings lead vocals, but on most she provides harmony vocals on one or more songs on the album.

This page last updated on 5/25/2012

Albums containing songs on which Mary Chapin Carpenter sings lead vocals:

Randy Scruggs - Crown of Jewels (1998)
Reprise, 9-46930-2
MCC sings lead on:

It's Only Love

MCC co-wrote this song with Randy Scruggs.

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The Chieftans - Tears of Stone (1999)
RCA Records,
09026-68968-2
MCC sings lead on:

Deserted Soldier

MCC sings "Deserted Soldier" in Gaelic, and it is absolutely stunning.

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Peter Yaroow - The Peter Yarrow Sing-Along Special (2010)
Sterling Children's Books
MCC sings lead on:

500 Miles
Stewball

MCC sings as part of a group:

Blowin' In the Wind
This Little Light of Mine Medley

This is a live recording, originall aired as a PBS special. MCC's two tracks both have Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey. MCC also participates in two other songs, "Blowin' In the Wind" and "This Little Light of Mine Medley."

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Albums containing songs on which Mary Chapin Carpenter sings harmony or backing vocals:

Cheryl Wheeler - Cheryl Wheeler (1986)
North Star Records, W0001
MCC sings harmony vocals throughout

MCC is credited as singing harmony vocals on this album, but no specific tracks are listed. By listening to the CD, you can tell that she appears on a number of songs. Also performing on the album are John Jennings, J. T. Brown, Jon Carroll, Rico Petrocelli and Robbie Magruder.

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Cathy Fink - When the Rain Comes Down (1987)
Rounder Records, 8013
MCC sings harmony on:

Happy Trails

Another early vocal appearance by MCC on this album of songs for children. Also appearing on this album are MCC-associates Pete Kennedy, Robbie Magruder, Rico Petrocelli.

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Tony Rice - Native American (1988)
Rounder, CD 0248
MCC sings harmony on:

Brother to the Wind
John Wilkes Booth
Summer Wages

Not only does MCC sing harmony vocals here, she wrote the song "John Wilkes Booth" (a song which she has never recorded herself). John Jennings, Jon Carroll, Rico Petrocelli and Robbie Magruder also appear on this album.

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Fred Small - I Will Stand Fast (1988)
Flying Fish Records,
FF70491
MCC sings harmony on:

I Will Stand Fast
Attorney-turned-singer-songwriter Fred Small writes peace-themed politically-charged folk music. MCC seems to be the perfect person to sing with him, but she only appears this one time on any of his albums...

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Kevin Jones - Nobody's Father (1988)
Kevin Jones, 78341
Re-release on Sam Records
MCC sings backing on:

What About That Dream
This is a somewhat obscure appearance on a self-released album from 1988, which appears to have been re-released briefly on CD in 1999.

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Tom Principato Band - I Know What You're Thinking (1988)
Powerhouse, P-103CD
MCC sings backing on:

Honeydripper

Continuing with MCC's 1988 marathon of backing vocal appearances, this is another hard-to-find CD, but cheap downloads are available.

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Si Kahn - I'll Be There (1989)
Flying Fish Records
FF70509
MCC sings harmony on unspecified tracks

The liner notes do not detail on which tracks MCC sings, but she is listed as providing harmony vocals.

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Jane Gillman - Jane Gillman (1990)
Green Linnet, GLCD 2101
MCC sings harmony on:

Howlin' at the Moon
Open Up
One Look Back

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Indigo Girls - Nomads Indians Saints (1990)
Epic/CBS, EK46820
MCC sings harmony on:

Hammer and a Nail
Southland in the Springtime
This is a classic album by the very popular Indigo Girls, and "Hammer and a Nail" was one of their big hits. Incidentally, MCC sings only one word in that song: "Rose" (she provides the third voice in the chord each time the word is sung).

If you don't already have this CD, be sure to get the remastered version - it contains an interview and bonus tracks that weren't on the original release.

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John McCutcheon - What It's Like (1990)
Rounder, CD 0271
MCC sings harmony on:

Cup of Coffee
One Man's Trash
Stone By Stone

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David Wilcox - Home Again (1991)
A&M Records, 75021 5357-2
MCC sings harmony on:

Wildberry Pie
Last Chance Waltz
She's Just Dancing
OK, I admit to being a little biased about this one - this is one of my all-time favorite albums. MCC's harmony vocal on "Last Chance Waltz" is so prominent as to almost be a duet. Any fan of singer-songwriters needs to have this CD in their collection.

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Shawn Colvin - Fat City (1992)
Sony Music/Columbia
Records, CK 48122
MCC sings harmony on:

Climb On (A Back That's Strong)
This is the first of several appearances on a Shawn Colvin song, even though they'd been performing together for years. This is another fantastic album.

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Radney Foster - Del Rio, TX 1959 (1992)
Arista, 07822-18713-2
MCC sings harmony on:

Nobody Wins
This is another prominent harmony vocal appearance, where MCC is heard very clearly singing along with Radney Foster.

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Maura O'Connell - Blue Is the Colour of Hope (1992)
Warner Bros. Records
9-45063-2
MCC sings harmony on:

I Would Be Stronger Than That
First You Cry
On this CD, Maura O'Connell also performs a cover of MCC's "It Don't Bring You Love."

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Beausoliel - La Dnase de la Vie (1993)
Rhino Records, R2 71221
MCC sings harmony on:

Quelle Belle Vie
Chanson pour Ezra
Cajun group Beausoliel has worked with MCC before - on 1990's "Down at the Twist and Shout." Here MCC returns the favor and performs on their album.

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Rosanne Cash - The Wheel (1993)
Columbia Records/Sony
Music, CK 52729
MCC sings harmony on:

The Wheel
Rosanne Cash is another singer-songwriter with whom MCC had performed over the years, but this is MCC's only appearance on a Rosanne Cash album.

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Rodney Crowell - Greatest Hits (1993)
Sony Music/Columbia
Records, CK 57580
MCC sings harmony on:

Talking to a Stranger
In the same year, MCC appears with Rosanne Cash's producer (and ex-husband), Rodney Crowell.

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Patty Larkin - Angels Running (1993)
High Street Records,
72902 10318-2
MCC sings harmony on:

Ain't That as Good
I Told Him That My Dog Wouldn't
Run
Patty Larkin is one of the more underrated singer-songwriters out there. She's a guitar genius, and her songs are always intelligent and well-crafted, yet she has never gained the national attention that she truly deserves.

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Tim O'Brien and the O'Boys - Oh Boy! O'Boy! (1993)
Sugar Hill Records,
SH-CD-3808
MCC sings harmony on:

Time to Learn
MCC joins bluegrass sensations Tim O'Brien, Scott Nygaard, and Mark Schatz.

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Dolly Parton - Slow Dancing With the Moon (1993)
Epic/CBS, EK 53199
MCC sings as part of
"Dolly Parton and Friends" on:

Romeo
"Romeo" is an amusing song from the fabulous Dolly Parton. For this song, Dolly is joined by MCC, Kathy Mattea, Pam Tillis, Tanya Tucker and Billy Ray Cyrus.

The song "Romeo" is also available on a number of Dolly Parton collections, as it was a radio hit for her.

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Various Artists - The 1992 Telluride Bluegrass Festival (1993)
TAD92C
MCC sings harmony on:

Shotgun Down the Avalanche (live)
Shawn Colvin
MCC joins Shawn Colvin for this live performance. MCC also gets her own song on this 2-CD set.

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Cheryl Wheeler - Driving Home (1993)
Philo/Rounder CD PH 1152
MCC sings harmony on:

75 Septembers
Another appearance with Cheryl Wheeler.

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Shawn Colvin - Cover Girl (1994)
Sony Music/Columbia
Records, CK 5785=75
MCC sings a duet on:

One Cool Remove
This is an actual duet (not a backing vocals appearance) with Shawn Colvin.

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Shawn Colvin - One Cool Remove CD single (1994)
Sony Music/Columbia
Records, 661134-5
MCC sings a duet on:
One Cool Remove (live)

MCC sings harmony on:
Someday (live)
This UK CD single contains three bonus live tracks recorded at the Sony Music Studios in New York for the "Columbia Records Radio Hour" radio program.

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Radney Foster - Labor of Love (1994)
Arista, 07822-18757-2
MCC sings harmony on:

Never Say Die
MCC re-teams with Radney Foster for another harmony vocal appearnace.

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John Gorka - Out of the Valley (1994)
High Street Records,
72902 10325-2
MCC sings harmony on:

Out of the Valley
Flying Red Horse
This CD was produced by John Jennings, and he plays guitar on most tracks as well.

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Pam Tillis - Sweetheart's Dance (1994)
Arista, 07822 17=8758-2
MCC sings harmony on:

When You Walk In the Room

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Various Artists - Columbia Records Radio Hour, Vol. 1 (1994)
Sony Music/Columbia
Records, CK 66466
MCC sings harmony on:

Shotgun Down the Avalanche (live)
Shawn Colvin
This is a live recording from the Columbia Records Radio Hour, recorded in 1992.

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Various Artists - In Their Own Words, Vol. 1 (1994)
Razor & Tie, RT 2813
MCC sings harmony on:

Let's Talk Dirty In Hawaiian
Fred Koller
This is a collection of live recordings from the Bottom Line in New York City. MCC sings backing vocals for Fred Koller on his song "Let's Talk Dirty In Hawaiian," recorded in 1990. She does not appear anywhere else on this CD.

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Joan Baez - Ring Them Bells (1995)
Guardian Records,
7243 8 34989 2 5
MCC sings a duet on:

Diamonds and Rust (live)
This is a fantastic live album by folk legend Joan Baez, featuring a number of duets with many other folk superstars like Dar Williams, the Indigo Girls, Mary Black and, of course, MCC.

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Shawn Colvin - I Don't Know Why CD single (1995)
Sony Music/Columbia
Records, 662272 5
MCC sings harmony on:

Shotgun Down the Avalanche (live)
If I'm not mistaken, this is the same live performance that appears on the Columbia Records Radio Hour CD.

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Lee Roy Parnell - We All Get Lucky Sometimes (1995)
Career Records/Arista
07822 18790-2
MCC sings harmony on:

We All Get Lucky Sometimes

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Dusty Springfield - A Very Fine Love (1995)
Sony Music/Columbia
Records, CK 67053
MCC sings harmony on:

Where Is a Woman to Go
The was the final album of original material recorded by the legendary Dusty Springfield before her death, and MCC sings with her on a bluesy song that is very well suited to both their voices.

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Trisha Yearwood - Thinkin' About You (1995)
MCA Records, MCAD-11201
MCC sings harmony on:

O Mexico

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Rory Block - Tornado (1996)
Rounder, CD 3140
MCC sings harmony on:

You Didn't Mind

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The Rankin Family - Endless Seasons (1996)
Guardian Records,
7243 8 32348 2 0
MCC plays guitar on:

Endless Seasons
This one actually isn't a guest vocal appearance - it's a guest guitar gig. MCC plays acoustic guitar on this track, and John Jennings produced the album and plays guitar throughout.

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Various Artists - Columbia Records Radio Hour, Vol. 2 (1996)
Sony Music/Columbia
Records, CK 67498
MCC sings harmony on:

Round of Blues (live)
Shawn Colvin
Like the first volume in the series, this is a guest appearance with Shawn Colvin from a 1994 radio broadcast.

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Robin and Linda Williams - Sugar for Sugar (1996)
Sugar Hill, SHCD-1052
MCC sings harmony on:

Sugar for Sugar
Streets of Gold

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Patty Loveless - Long Stretch of Lonesome (1997)
Epic/Sony Music, EK 67997
MCC sings harmony on:

That's Exactly What I Mean

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John Jennings - I Belong to You (1998)
Vanguard, 79515-2
MCC sings harmony on:

I Belong to You
The Next In Line
This is the second solo album from MCC's right-hand man, John Jennings.

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Catie Curtis - A Crash Course in Roses (1999)
Rykodisc, RCD 10478
MCC sings harmony on:

Roses

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Robin and Linda Williams - In the Company of Strangers (2000)
Sugar Hill, CD 1064
Records, CK 67498
MCC sings harmony on:

Rumble
So Long, See You Tomorrow
Another appearance with Robin and Linda Williams.

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Trisha Yearwood - Real Live Woman (2000)
MCA Nashville,
088 170 102 2
MCC sings harmony on:

Where Are You Now
Not only does MCC sing harmony on this song, but she also co-wrote it with Kim Richey.

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Mary Ann Redmond - Here I Am (2000)
Spellbound Music, SB 1699
MCC plays guitar on:

Alone But Not Lonely
This is another guitar-only appearance. MCC wrote the song "Alone But Not Lonely."

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Mary Black - Hidden Harvest (Bonus disc included with The Best of Mary Black Vol. 2 (2001)
Curb Records, D2-78724
Records, CK 67498
MCC sings a duet on:

The Moon and St. Christopher (live)
This live recording was made in 1996 at a Mary Black concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

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Garrison Starr - Songs from Take-Off to Landing (2002)
Back Porch Records
72438-11731-2-1
MCC sings harmony on:

Silent Night
Hardest Part of Living

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Caitlin Cary - I'm Staying Out (2003)
Yep Roc Records, YEP 2049
MCC sings harmony on:

Empty Rooms
The Next One
Lorraine Today

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Robin and Linda Williams - Deeper Waters (2004)
Red House Records
RHR CD 176
MCC sings harmony on:

Home #235
Old Plank Road

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Eliza Gilkyson - Land of Milk and Honey (2004)
Red House Records,
RHR CD 164
MCC sings on:

Peace Call
MCC sings both lead and harmony vocals with Eliza, Patty Griffin and Iris DeMent on this previously-unrecorded Woody Guthrie song.

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Tracy Grammer - Flower of Avalon (2005)
Signature Sounds, SIG 1292
MCC sings harmony on:

Laughlin Boy
Mother, I Climbed
Any Way I Do

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Various Artists - Telluride Bluegrass Festival: 30 Years (2005)
Rounder 11661 3242-2
MCC plays guitar on:

Unchained Melody (live)
The Boomchicks & John Cowan
MCC plays guitar for The Boomchicks, a band consisting of herm Alison Brown, Andrea Zann, Sally Truit, Sally Van Meter, John R. Burr and Christian Teele. John Cowan provides lead vocals for the track.

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Catie Curtis - Long Night Moon (2006)
Compass Records, 7 4436 2
MCC sings harmony on:

Water and Stone

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Donna Hughes - Gaining Wisdom (2007)
Rounder 11661-0554-2
MCC sings harmony on:

One More Time
Father Time
Scattered to the Wind
Not Anymore
Hold On
This album was produced by Tony Rice, with whom MCC worked back in the late '80s.

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Devon Sproule - Keep Your Silver Shined (2007)
City Salvage Records/
Waterbug, CSR16-WBG75
MCC sings harmony on:

The Weeping Willow

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Carrie Newcomer - Before & After (2010)
Rounder Records
11661-3276-2
MCC sings harmony on:

Before and After

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Catie Curtis - Stretch Limousine on Fire (2011)
Compass Records
7 4563 2
MCC sings harmony on:

Let It Last

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