Hometown Girl

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This article is about the Mary Chapin Carpenter album. For the Denny Laine album, see Hometown Girls. For the Josh Turner song, see Hometown Girl (Josh Turner song).
Hometown Girl
Studio album by Mary Chapin Carpenter
Released July 30, 1987
Genre Country
Length 42:21
Label Columbia Nashville
Producer Steve Buckingham
John Jennings
Mary Chapin Carpenter chronology
Hometown Girl
State of the Heart
Alternative cover

Hometown Girl is the debut album from American country music artist Mary Chapin Carpenter. It was released on July 30, 1987 (see 1987 in country music) on Columbia Records. The album did not produce any chart singles. It was produced by John Jennings, except for the track "Come On Home", which was produced by Steve Buckingham.[1]

Vik Iyengar of Allmusic gave the album a two-and-a-half star rating out of five, saying that although it "her songwriting skills are apparent" on the album, it did not contain as many "rollicking" tunes as Carpenter's following albums.[2] The Washington Post gave it a more favorable review, praising the songs that Carpenter wrote.[3]

Initially, Carpenter was to have included the John Stewart song "Runaway Train" on this album. Her version did not make the final cut, and was instead recorded by Rosanne Cash on her 1987 album King's Record Shop.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Mary Chapin Carpenter unless noted.

  1. "A Lot Like Me" - 4:37
  2. "Other Streets and Other Towns" - 5:00
  3. "Hometown Girl" - 4:53
  4. "Downtown Train" (Tom Waits) - 4:10
  5. "Family Hands" - 4:34
  6. "A Road Is Just a Road" (Carpenter, John Jennings) - 3:11
  7. "Come On Home" (Pat Bunch, Mary Ann Kennedy, Pam Rose) - 3:17
  8. "Waltz" - 3:24
  9. "Just Because" - 4:58
  10. "Heroes and Heroines" - 4:46


As listed in liner notes.[1]


  1. ^ a b Hometown Girl (cassette insert). Mary Chapin Carpenter. Columbia Records. 1987. 40758. 
  2. ^ Iyengar, Vik. "Hometown Girl - Mary Chapin Carpenter". Allmusic. Retrieved 13 March 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Mary Chapin Carpenter: "Hometown Girl"". The Washington Post. 1987-07-26. Retrieved 2008-08-10.