She thinks my tractor’s sexy

Since the last time I posted, I’ve returned from a 4-day trip to Waterloo, Iowa for a John Deere tractor show. I enjoy the city as much as the country but I would have preferred attending a record show. My 82-year old father belongs to the 2-Cylinder club and wanted to take his adult children. So we flew into Minneapolis, drove the 4 hours to Waterloo to take in tractor after tractor display and went on 2 different John Deere factory tours. So after my description of what I did on my summer vacation, you ask – what does this have to do with Mary Chapin Carpenter? I’ll tell ya.
I misplaced my USB camera cord and I finally found it tonight. I have photos on a memory card from the tractor show that I wanted to upload to Facebook and as I was looking for them I came across some photos from our trip to California in August of 2010.

A large part of the trip included seeing MCC in concert 4 times. Here’s the “proof.”

We saw her 4 times. Once in San Diego, once in Anaheim and twice in the Bay area. We had tickets for only 1 of the shows and we bought the tickets just before the show for the other three. In Anaheim, we had 6th row seats and here is the view:

Not bad for last minute tickets.

Now, why the title of the blog? Once in concert, (though not her 2010 tour) MCC mentioned that she loved listening to Kenny Chesney’s song while she was riding her tractor on her Virginia farm. Coincidentally, the song was playing over the PA system about 10 minutes after I had arrived at the tractor show. Though, I really don’t believe in coincidences. And another “coincidence,” MCC was playing in Iowa City on Saturday night, a mere 90 minutes from Waterloo.

So close. Yet so far away.  I was ready to drive the distance to go but my 2 sisters and father weren’t up to the extra travelling. Oh, well, there’s always next time. And I know there will be a next time.

Over & Out,

Lisa M. Luck


I’ll trade ya…

The 20th anniversary of the release of Come On Come On has passed and I’ve been thinking about changing the focus of my blog. It will still pertain to Mary Chapin Carpenter but I want to incorporate my experience, my life as it pertains to being a long-time fan of hers.  I still have many pieces of memorabilia that I haven’t posted yet, so as I figure out what that focus will be, I’ll still have plenty to write about in the meanwhile.

According to her website,, her summer tour begins on July 18th in Homestead, Pennsylvania. She moves on to the midwest, up to Canada, to the East Coast, back to Pennsylvania for the Philadelphia Folk Festival on August 17th and Wolf Trap, her hometown crowd on the 18th. Oh, she has more dates after that but just check it out for yourself if you want to see additional dates.

Below are 2 glossy Country Gold trading cards that were available in 1993. They were sold in packages (just like baseball trading cards) with other country stars who were popular at that time. I don’t remember too many of them though I do remember Shania Twain and Martina McBride as up-and-comers in the set. I believe I have a complete set squirrelled away somewhere though the ones that mattered to me most, these ones, I can always easily find.

The photo on the left is one of my top 5 favorite photos of Mary Chapin Carpenter. The one on the right is a great photo of her in concert playing her treasured red Rickenbacker.

Here’s the back of the cards:

At the end of the post is the words from each card.

So, here’s to counting off the days until she kicks off her summer tour. 15 days to go.

Over & Out,

Lisa M. Luck

She owes her career in part to some of the men in her life. Her Junior High School teacher at an American school in Tokyo turned her on to playing guitar. Her father later forced her to take her music out of the closet and perform in public at a Washington, D.C. club open mike night. That led to her turning pro and becoming one of the most popular local performers in the nation’s capital. Then, she met a musician, John Jennings, who helped her produce an independent album of original songs. In 1988, Columbia Records heard that album and signed her up. The world soon said, “How Do,” to a new star. As an avid reader and strong supporter of the CMA’s campaign to combat literacy, all proceeds generated by this card will be donated to the National Literacy Hotline. If you would like to join the campaign against illiteracy, call 1-800-228-8813.

Offstage she can be shy and reserved in front of a video camera or interviewer’s microphone. But on stage she’s right at home. Her confidence grows with every accolade she receives for her insightful, intelligent and often humorous hit songs. Songs that can get your heart pumping and toes tapping like “Down at the Twist and Shout” and “I Feel Lucky,” as well as simply lovely tunes like “Passionate Kisses” and “Come On Come On,” that make her one of the hottest tickets in any town.