Stones in the Road is the fifth album by Mary Chapin Carpenter, and her first and only #1 Country Album on the Billboard charts. The album also contains her first and only #1 Hot Country Singles hit, ˝Shut Up and Kiss Me.˝ Other charting singles were ˝Tender When I Want to Be˝ at #6, ˝House of Cards˝ at #21, and ˝Why Walk When You Can Fly?˝ at #45.
The nostalgically themed title track was first recorded by folk legend Joan Baez for her 1992 studio album Play Me Backwards, to whom Carpenter first pitched the song during a joint concert appearance before she recorded it herself.
Carpenter earned two Grammy Awards in 1995 for her work on the album: Best Country Album and Best Female Country Vocal Performance (for ˝Shut Up and Kiss Me˝), the fourth straight year she won the latter category.
Country Universe called it the best Contemporary Country Album.