Mary Chapin Carpenter, Mindy Smith to Tour

Mary Chapin Carpenter has invited Mindy Smith as her opening act for a tour that starts April 26 in St. Louis, Mo. The pair will visit 25 cities, mostly performing in theaters. Carpenter will also play an April 24 charity show in Charlottesville, Va., where she lives, to raise money for area cancer patients. Smith and Mavis Staples will perform at an Earth Day concert on Nashville on April 23.