Marshall Chapman - The Tall Girl Skinny


Heartfelt greetings (literally!)

Well, it was bound to catch up with me sooner or later. Onstage in Fairhope and again at a booksigning in Houston, my heart started fluttering. After a visit to Vanderbilt Medical Center, I am now wearing a heart monitor. Personally, I think I just need to take it easy … but how? Even growing up in Spartanburg, I remember my pediatrician (Dr. Lesesne Smith) telling my mother, “This child will always bop ’til she drops!”

Good news from Sirius/XM! Just this week, Willie Nelson and Bill Mack talked about my new CD (Big Lonesome) on Willie’s Place, while over at Outlaw Country, Hillbilly Jim gave me a shout out on his show. (Doc Pomus and I co-wrote Hillbilly Jim’s theme song: “Don’t Go Messin’ with a Country Boy.”) In the midst of all this, I taped an interview for Radio Margaritaville!

Recent highlights from the road include an after-hours feast at Zingerman’s Roadhouse in Ann Arbor (thank you, Katie Frank!), where I had fried calamari to die for, and a surprise encounter with Billy Joe Shaver at KPFT in Houston, where Billy presented me with his latest single — “Wacko from Waco.” The song chronicles Billy shooting that man in Waco and the trial that followed. Dave Hickey proclaims it Shaver’s Iliad.

Okay, so it’s three weeks off, before heading out again for Johnson City (TN), Charlottesville (VA), and beyond. Meanwhile, I’ll be right here in Nashville hosting Music City Roots (March 2), taping a pilot for A Guitar and a Pen Old-Time Radio Hour with Robert Hicks (March 3), playing the Bluebird Café (March 5), plus some other events. (Click here for details.)

Keep bopping, everybody!


Marshall and Billy Joe in Houston (photo: David Britton)

Vanderbilt classmate Cad Simpson Willeford introduces Marshall at Brazos Books in Houston. (photo: David Britton)

What makes Marshall want to be good?

Marshal Chapman - Beyond Words - Nashville Arts Magazine - November 2010Click here to find out.

West African Peanut Soup with Chicken

Astoundingly good receipe from The New York Times


  • 3/4 cup roasted and shelled peanuts
  • 2 tablespoons peanut or neutral oil, like grapeseed or corn
  • 1 medium red or white onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 pound skinless, boneless chicken thighs cut into 1-inch chunks
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 sweet potatoes or yams (about 1 pound), peeled and cut into thick slices
  • 8 plum tomatoes, cored and halved (large stems removed)
  • 1/2 pound kale, washed and cut into wide ribbons
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup peanut butter, chunky or smooth


  1. Chop peanuts, or crush them with the side of a knife, or pulse them in a food processor to chop roughly.
  2. Put oil in a deep skillet or medium saucepan over medium heat; a minute later, add onion, ginger and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is soft, 3 to 5 minutes. Add chicken and continue cooking for another 3 or 4 minutes, until the chicken starts to color. Add 1/2 cup peanuts and the cayenne and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Stir in the stock and the sweet potatoes, bring to a boil, and turn heat down to medium-low so the soup bubbles gently. Stir in tomatoes and kale, then cook, stirring occasionally, until chicken is cooked through and greens are soft, about 20 minutes.
  4. Stir in 1/4 cup peanut butter. Taste, adjust seasoning (you may want to add more peanut butter at this point) and serve, garnished with remaining peanuts.

Pearl Drop

Hummingbird Hall of Fame

Marshall Chapman - Hummingbird Hall of FameCurrent inductees (friends who shared the January newsletter) are:

Nancy Agee, Lane Aldridge, Steve Ammann, Laura Hogan Bailey, Frederick Blank, Louise Bonner, David Booker, April Boswell, Harold Bradley, Shelley Roberts Britton, Sharon Burke, Mary Clingan, Marty Cole, Tina Collins, Dale Critz, Joyce Dixon, Martha Dolge, Liza Emanus, Katie Janky Frank, Maureen Galloway, Judy Geldmeier, Ginny Grace, Connie Greenwell, Melinda Lee Greenwood, Ann Harmer, Kay Huck, David Huntington, Margaret Chapman Jackson, Ann Kelly, Vicki Lee, Paul Leslie, Ann McCracken, Keith Miles, Marsh Nichols, Martha Nicholson, Anne Paine, Ken Parrott, Kathy Patrick, Mara Perkins, Margaret Platt, Angie Pryor, Liza Ramage, John Resier, Donald Rohan, Brenda Sanchez, Garth Shaw, Kelson Slayman, Debby Solomon, Sloane Spencer, Gina Stewart, Tom Stewart, Ulrich Stiehler, Sally T, Dona Tapp, Angel Tribell, Bob Troup, Sandy Untermyer, Lalitha Vadlamani-Simmers, Katharine Walton, Jonni Webb, and Sue Winston-Fletcher.

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