Marshall Chapman - The Tall Girl Skinny

MAY 2011

Greetings from I-40 East!

Yes, we’re on the road again after a ten-day break. Tonight I’ll be playing a house concert up on Pine Ridge in Clinton, TN. Tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon, I’ll be in Columbia for the SC Book Festival. After that, I’m opening a couple of shows for Todd Snider at the Avalon Theater in Easton (MD), and the Birchmere in Alexandria (VA), before heading down to Austin for more music, magic, and mayhem! (Click here for details.)

During the break, Chris and I got back into kitchen mode. Below you’ll find a recipe for my favorite warm-weather salad, guaranteed to cool you down!

This week, I had the pleasure of writing a song with the incredibly talented Shawn Camp. It’s about not knowing what’s going on, when you’re out there “twisting in the wind.”

New Album Alert! Matraca Berg’s The Dreaming Fields will be available in stores this Tuesday (May 17)! (Click here to pre-order online.) This soulful collection includes “Your Husband’s Cheating On Us,” a song Matraca and I wrote that’s based on a Jill McCorkle short story by the same name. Matraca really nailed it, and her rendition will have you channeling your inner Bobbie Gentry. WSM is already playing it!

And if you don’t already have my album, Big Lonesome, you can order it by clicking here.

Love and happiness to all!

P.S. It was great seeing so many friends at the 2011 Key West Songwriter Festival.

Key West

Big Al Anderson and Marshall at Sloppy Joe's (Key West, FL)

Sloppy Joe's

Big Al Anderson, BMI's Clay Bradley and Marshall at Sloppy Joe's (Key West. FL)

What keeps Marshall in Nashville?

Beyond WordsClick here to find out.

Orange and Cucumber Salad

This is one of my favorite hot-weather recipes, beginning in mid-spring when fresh mint starts growing in my garden. It is taken from Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking, which my sister Dorothy and her husband, Julian Josey, gave to Chris and me for our first Christmas together. This unusual and simple salad will leave your mouth feeling so fresh, you’ll want to kiss everybody in sight! Enjoy.


1 cucumber
3 naval oranges (easier to peel)
6 small radishes
Fresh mint leaves
Extra virgin olive oil
The freshly squeezed juice of 1/2 lemon


  1. If the cucumber is waxed or has a thick skin, peel it. If not, scrub it under cold running water. Slice the cucumber into very thin discs and put these on a serving platter.
  2. Peel the oranges, removing all the white pith beneath the skin. Cut the oranges into thin rounds, pick out any seeds, and add the slices to the platter.
  3. Cut off and discard leafy tops from the radishes, wash the radishes in cold water, without peeling them, cut them into thin discs, and add them to the platter.
  4. Wash a half a dozen small mint leaves, tear them into 2 or 3 pieces each, and sprinkle them over the orange, radish, and cucumber slices.
  5. Add salt, olive oil, and lemon juice, toss thoroughly to coat well, and serve at once.



(1978) Backstage at the Bitter End, NYC

Pearl Drop

Pearl Drop

Hummingbird Hall of Fame

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

Don Battcher, Ralph Berrier Jr., Frederick Blank, Wilson Bonner, John Bush, Jeanne Butler, Linda Cooper, David Creighton Sr., Michael Davenport, Mark Glasser, Connie Greenwell, Glen and Jackie Harnish, Sue Havlish, Marvin Hobbs, Jim Hoehn, Kay Huck, Wanda Jewell, Ann Kelly, Donald Kimrey, Robert Ladd, Phil Lee, Barbara Lott, Joan Marshall, Gabrielle O’Reilly, Jim Priest, Sheila and Ken Pyle, Megan Ratley, Jack Regan, Garth Shaw, Danny Shelton, Billy Stoops, Dona Tapp, Lloyd Welke, Nancy Kay Wessman, Patricia White and Jackie Wofford.

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