On June 12, Mary Chapin Carpenter is set to release what is potentially the most poignant, deeply personal album of her career. Ashes and Roses, her fourth for Zoë/Rounder Records (including a 2008 holiday release), is the singer-songwriter's twelfth studio album and features a special duet with James Taylor on the track "Soul Companion."

"Ashes and Roses speaks to a personal journey that included the end of a marriage, the loss of a parent and a life altering illness," says Mary Chapin. "The songs attempt to describe what I saw, felt and experienced along the way."

Among the album's most touching tracks is "Chasing What's Already Gone," which makes its debut right here on The Boot. (Listen below.) It is available for download at iTunes, as part of a special two-song single deal with "Soul Companion." You can also sign up for a free download by entering your email address under the Ashes and Roses artwork at the bottom of this page.

Listen to 'Chasing What's Already Gone'


Recorded in Nashville, the 13-track Ashes and Roses was produced by Mary Chapin and longtime collaborator Matt Rollings (Lyle Lovett, Keith Urban) and recorded and mixed by Chuck Ainlay (Mark Knopfler, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson). Dates for Mary Chapin Carpenter's full summer/fall tour will be announced soon.

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