Marshall Chapman - The Tall Girl Skinny

APRIL 2011


So great seeing everybody in Bowling Green this past weekend at Greener Groundz and the Southern Kentucky Book Festival, where I performed and signed books with kindred spirit Tommy Womack … and in Chattanooga April 1, where Walter Forbes (!) sat in for a couple of songs. Walter introduced me to Cowboy Jack Clement in 1968, back when I was but a sophomore at Vanderbilt. (You can read about this — and more — in the Kristofferson chapter of my new book, They Came to Nashville.) Needless to say, my life since that fateful meeting has never been the same!

Speaking of Cowboy, I attended his 80th birthday party on April 5 at the “Cowboy Arms Hotel and Recording Spa” (his home) here in Nashville. It was quite an event and will be the subject of my next column for Nashville Arts Magazine.

After the last newsletter, we received quite a few orders for Big Lonesome. Whenever I’m off the road, it’s friends like YOU that keep the momentum going. So thanks! … And keep spreading the word! Tell your friends! Better yet, buy them a Big Lonesome CD today! I appreciate your support more than you will ever know. Thanks.

This just in! My interview with with Elizabeth Cook on “Apron Strings,” her red-hot radio show on Outlaw Country (Sirius-63/XM-12) airs this Wednesday, April 27 and next Friday, Apr 29 at 9:00 am (EST). She’s a pistol, y’all! Anybody that can write “Sometimes It Takes Balls To Be a Woman” is my kind of woman!

On Wednesday, Chris and I head south for the Key West Songwriters Festival. After that, it’s Clinton, TN; the SC Book Festival in Columbia; the Avalon Theater in Easton, MD and the Birchmere in Alexandria, VA (where I’ll be opening for Todd Snider); before we head down to Austin for a book signing at BookPeople, followed by a performance at the storied Cactus Café. (Click here for details.)

See you on the road!

P.S. Hey! I appreciate everybody’s concern about my heart monitor situation. We got a good report from the doctor and all systems are go, as we continue to gypsy on down the road.

Marshall & Tommy Womack

Marshall & Tommy Womack at Greener Groundz in Bowling Green

Jason Howard & Marshall

Jason Howard & Marshall at the Southern KY Book Festival

What, me worry?

Beyond WordsClick here to find out if that’s true.

Marshall recommends ….

the following books:

If Trouble Don’t Kill Me
Ralph Berrier, Jr.

Counting Coup: A True Story of Basketball and Honor on the Little Big Horn
Larry Colton

Chinaberry Sidewalks
Rodney Crowell

Fighting the Devil in Dixie: How Civil Rights Activists Took On the Ku Klux Klan in Alabama
Wayne Greenhaw

The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family
Mary S. Lovell



Jan. 27, 1975 at the Exit/In — Jim Rushing, Marshall, and Danny Flowers
(photo: Bill Sandidge)

Marshall: “This was my very first time to play the Exit. Jim Rushing and I (backed by Danny Flowers) opened for Cowboy Jack Clement, who was making a then-rare public appearance.
In the audience that night were June Carter, Johnny Cash, Jerry Reed, Ray Stevens, and Tom T. Hall, along with Waylon, Jessi Colter, and Harlan Howard who shared a 4-top with my mother, who’d flown in from South Carolina.”

Pearl Drop

Pearl Drop

Hummingbird Hall of Fame

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

Laura Hogan Bailey, Paul Blauer, Wilson Bonner, David Booker, Ruthanna Jolley Bost, Nancy Branton, Denise Buchanan, Tim Burch, Carol Burns, Jean Burroughs, Keith Clayton, Marty Cole, Linda Cooper, Joy Cutchin, Amy Dennison, Brian Diller, Martha Dolge, Mary Lynn Eaddy, Alan Fenwick, Julie Gillen, Ann Harmer, Doris Held, Marvin Hobbs, Jim Hoehn, Jennifer Horne, John Jackson, Jaime Johnston, Phil Kaufman, Ann Kelly, Melodie Ketcham, Robert Ladd, Paul Leslie, Jeanie Maranto, Pignose Dave May, Jim Mayer, John McDaniel, Chrystal Mills, Kate Moore, Patricia Ogren, Susan Paolicchi, Kevin Parrish, Megan Ratley, Judy Richards, Liz Gibson Richards, Lucy Roberts, Chelle Rose, Janet Ruffin, Garth Shaw, Debby Solomon, Mark Southard, Julie Willingham Spear, Laurie Spezzano, Dona Tapp, Joe & Bobbie VanCleve, Nancy Kay Wessman and Carolyn Wittenbraker.

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