Going to see a favorite musician often requires fans to overpay scalpers or name their firstborn child 93.1 FM. See a show on your terms with this GrouponLive deal to see Mary Chapin Carpenter at the Carnegie Library Music Hall in Munhall. For $20, you get one ticket for seating in the rear-floor or rear-orchestra section on Wednesday, July 18, at 7:30 p.m. (up to a $40.50 value, including all fees).
A country-at-heart Jersey girl with 12 albums and five Grammys under her guitar strap, Mary Chapin Carpenter channels her joy and pain into acoustic melodies and buttery vocals. Strumming her signature medley of folk rock, country, and honky-tonk, the singer-songwriter has kept her feet on the ground even while playing such heady venues as the White House and experimenting with jetpack technology. Her songs sprawl like a remote farmland, speckled with the fragments of a past love and imagery torn from a storm-swept household, completing a highly personal self-portrait that could stand in for a depiction of America. Longtime fans can sing along to hits such as "He Thinks He'll Keep Her," and "Shut Up and Kiss Me," or resonate with the deep sentiments echoing through her latest album, Ashes and Roses, a deeply personal but ultimately triumphant work that Carpenter described as "a record about grief and loss, but … it does go from night into day."