Mary Chapin-Carpenter plays Belleayre

Highmount — Five-time Grammy winner Mary Chapin Carpenter will showcase two decades worth of hits at the Belleayre Music Festival on Saturday, Aug. 20 at 8 p.m.

Mary deft combination of country, pop and rock tunes makes conventional boundaries disappear. The universal appeal of her music has earned Mary 15 Grammy nominations.

She burst into prominence with her second album, “State of the Heart,” that yielded four Top 20 songs, including “Never Had It So Good” and “Quittin’ Time.” The follow-up album kept Mary at the top of the charts with timeless classics like “Down at the Twist and Shout.”

Mary quickly shot to superstar status in 1992 when “Come On, Come On” sold five million copies and earned her two CMA Female Vocalist trophies. The album’s seven Top 20 charting songs included “I Feel Lucky” and “Passionate Kisses.”  On her next release, the Grammy-winning the single “Shut Up and Kiss Me” reached No. 1.

Her latest release, “Age of Miracles” presents a new path for Mary. The album is a snapshot of her life, which she calls a personal exploration of regret and resilience.

Mary was recently honored with The Americana Association’s esteemed “Spirit of Americana Free Speech in Music Award,” which recognizes artists who have used their work to raise awareness and promote free speech. Past recipients include Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Judy Collins and Joan Baez.

Tickets for the Mary Chapin Carpenter show are: $66, $56, $46, $36, $25 (lawn).

Finals two shows
Up next at Belleayre will be:
• Saturday, Aug. 27 at 8 p.m.   An Evening of Breakout Stars - Punch Brothers with special guest Jessica Lea Mayfield, one of this year’s most critically acclaimed singers.
Saturday, Sept. 3 at 8 p.m.: Genre-busting banjo sensation Bela Fleck & The Flecktones ­ Original Lineup.

All shows begin at 8 p.m. For tickets or additional information, please call 800 942-6904, ext. 1344 or visit: www.belleayremusic.org or e-mail: festival@catskill.net.
For information on where to stay, dine, shop or to simply enjoy the great outdoors when you’re in town for the Belleayre Music Festival, please visit: www.catskillhighpeaks.com, www.ulstertourism.info or www.greatwesterncatskills.com.

Media sponsors for the 2011 season include: WDST Radio, WKZE Radio and Albany.com.
Belleayre Music Festival concerts are held on the grounds of Belleayre Mountain in Highmount.