Stay cool everybody!

On a hot 4th of July, Cowboy Jack Clement hosted an small gathering at his Cowboy Arms Hotel & Recording Spa. Enjoying grilled burgers and water sports were Aleene Jackson, Chris Fletcher & Marshall, Elaine Wood, CJ, Mark Howard, actor Barry Corbin, Dub & Joan Cornett, Fergie, Constance Gee (who brought killer caramel cake), and the great Poobah! A good time was had by all. (Photo: David Ferguson)

The Tall Girl Skinny - From Marshall Chapman



Hey! Highlights since the last Skinny include the 9/24 Music City Roots celebration of my book, They Came to Nashville (complete with a surprise performance by Bobby Bare!); the Exit/In 40th Reunion Show with Barefoot Jerry, Dianne Davidson, Mac Gayden & Skyboat, Buzz Cason, and Tracy Nelson; the Jim Parker Songwriter showcase in Huntsville, AL, with Matraca Berg and Tommy Womack; a jam–packed Eddie’s over Labor Day weekend; ocean swim off Pawley’s Island with Jimbo and Kim between Wilmington and the Isle of Palms (where I opened shows for Todd Snider); reunion with Darnell Arnoult at LMU gig in Harrogate (TN). Note: Chris and I did Harrogate, Wilmington, and the Isle of Palms in three days. That’s right — three gigs in 3 days. 1438 miles. It’s now official. Chris and I are road dogs!

This Saturday, I’ll be at Landhaven in Barto, PA. Songwriter–journalist Eric Brace reports this to be a great venue for playing and listening to music. So to all you folks in the Philly area, we hope to see you there!

After Barto, we head back to the Carolina/Georgia coast with shows in Savannah, Charleston, Sea Island, and Beaufort (SC). (Click here for details.)

Oh, and click here to see that incredible Music City Roots show featuring Rodney Crowell, Mary Gauthier, and Don Henry, with surprise guests Bobby Bare, Gary Nicholson, Bill Lloyd, Danny Flowers, and Mickey Raphael. What a love fest!

And if you want to see the best Letterman interview ever, click here. (Love that Elizabeth Cook!)

See you on the road!

P.S. Encouraging news! On September 7, Gaile Owens received the first of four votes needed for parole. Click here for full story. Thanks to all who signed those petitions. Sometimes our voices are heard.

Music City Roots

Marshall and Bobby Bare listen to Tania Elizabeth and Mary Gauthier, Music City Roots — Aug. 24 (Photo: Jed Hilly)

To see more photos from the road, click here.

Marshall’s paradise?

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Watermelon and Tomato Salad

from the New York Times’ Diner’s Journal
Start to finish: 15 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 2 1/2 cups seedless watermelon, in 1-inch cubes or balls (cut over a bowl to catch the juice and reserve it)
  • 1 1/2 cups cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1/2 cup finely diced or crumbled Stilton, Gorgonzola, Roquefort or Maytag blue cheese
  • 1/2 cup minced scallions
  • Salt
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • Pinch cayenne
  • 1/2 cup parsley, roughly chopped


  1. Combine the watermelon, tomato, cheese, scallions and salt in a bowl.
  2. Whisk or blend together about 2 tablespoons of the watermelon juice, oil, vinegar and cayenne. To serve, dress the salad with this mixture and garnish with parsley. Do not refrigerate and serve within 30 minutes.

Marshall recommends

the following songs:

Feel Like Going Home (Charlie Rich)
Ode to Billie Joe (Bobbie Gentry)
Brand New Companion (Townes Van Zandt)
Boxcars (Joe Ely)
Midnight Rider (Allman Brothers)


Marshall Chapman with Pete Drake

MC with Pete Drake
(1979) Pete’s Place, Nashville, TN
I recorded my first album (Me, I’m Feelin’ Free) at Pete’s Place. And also my third (Marshall), which Pete produced. Pete was upbeat and a lot of fun to be around. He played pedal steel on Tammy Wynette’s “Stand by Your Man” and Dylan’s “Lay, Lady Lay” among others.

Pearl Drop

Pearl Drop

Hummingbird Hall of Fame

Current inductees (friends who shared the August newsletter) are:

Hummingbird Hall of FameRobin Andrews, Darnell Arnoult, Laura Hogan Bailey, David Booker, Keith Clayton, Dale Critz Jr., Carlton Currie, Nancy Dimond, Dieta Duncan, Tere Eaglen, Fay Edge, Sam Farkas, Kris Flaherty, LaRhonda Freeman, Carolyn Gauthier, Katy Ginanni, Louis & Karin Glendenning, Linda Hart-Anderson, Jim Hoehn, Ralph Hornsby, Elsa Hudson, David Huntington, Eve Hutcherson, Greta Joseph, Leon Joyner, Steve Kelley, Ann Kelly, Lisa Knight, Robert Ladd, Paul Leslie, Bette Lorenzen, David Martin, Brenda Metz, Jennifer Norris, Will Prioleau, Cathy Roszell, Susan Schneider, Garth Shaw, Jim Simpson, Kelson Slayman, Connie & Michael Smith, Debby Solomon, Barbara Southerland, Andrew Talbert, Dona Tapp, Keith Thompson, Lloyd Welke, Nancy Kay Wessman, Joni Wheeler, Norma Beth Williamson and Art Young.