Did you know that on this day in Country Music History in 2002 Mary Chapin Carpenter married contractor Timmy Smith in Batesville, Virginia?

It's true!  In attendance: Terri Clark, actor Sissy Spacek, rocker Dave Matthews, and songwriters Beth Nielsen Chapman and Annie Roboff.

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Here are 5 interesting facts about Mary Chapin Carpenter.

  • She actually lived in Japan for a few years at one point.
  • She grew up listening to The Mamas & the Papas, The Beatles, and Judy Collins.
  • She spent much of her time in high school playing the guitar and piano; while at Princeton Day School, her "classmates threatened to cut her guitar strings if she played "Leaving on a Jet Plane" one more time".
  • She graduated from Brown University in 1981 with a degree in American Civilization.
  • She was the author of a biweekly column in The Washington Times from December 2008 to March 2009 in which she discussed topics related to music and politics.