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Page’s Kitchen...the Swamp Sessions: Mary Chapin Carpenter (Episode 18)

Mary Chapin Carpenter holding a guitar
Mary Chapin Carpenter

On this show, we spend the full hour with one of Americana’s most treasured voices and songwriters with strong Virginia roots, Mary Chapin Carpenter and her longtime musical partner John Jennings. In this elegant session from more than 33 years ago, Page’s go-to fiddler back then, Cecil Hooker, sits in to add some magic of his own. A longtime resident of the Virginia’s Blue Ridge foothills, where she continues to write songs seated at her own kitchen table, let’s step through that old screen door and welcome five time Grammy winner Mary Chapin Carpenter to Page’s Kitchen…the Swamp Sessions.

For your listening pleasure and historical perspective, JAMinc is proud to present the full 35-program season of Page’s Kitchen…the Swamp Sessions as previously aired on VPM Music and The Breeze. These Americana allstars appeared on the late Page Wilson’s Out O’ The Blue Radio Revue some three decades ago. They were all live, one-take recordings made in various Richmond studios at the time and stand as a fitting tribute to those artists and to Page for having the taste, drive and gumption to lure them into his make-believe lair, deep in the Chickahominy Swamp. We’re deeply grateful to Jude Schlotzhauer and Virginia Blue Wilson for entrusting us with these priceless master tapes and to Guy Spiller and Charlie Reilly for carefully converting them from analog to digital. Sincere thanks to our loyal sponsors: Digital Video Group, the Scott Street Family and the members of VPM.