The Tall Girl Skinny - From Marshall Chapman

SEPTEMBER, 2012

Greetings!

Much has happened since the last Skinny. Mainly, I’ve started recording a new CD! Last week, Mike Utley, Will Kimbrough, Casey Wood, Jim Mayer and I went in the studio and laid down eleven killer tracks! This is the same crew that played on Big Lonesomeso if you liked that one, you’re gonna LOVE this one! (Yes, I am stoked!) Click here for an inside look at what really goes on while making a record. A spring 2013 release is in the works.

On August 18, I got to meet one of my idols, James Burton. Burton and Chips Moman were on successive programs at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum. In the audience at the program for Chips were Reggie Young and Scotty Moore. As far as anyone knows, this was the first time Young, Moore, and Burton had been in the same building at the same time. A historic moment for sure. The three represent three of only four guitarists—the fourth being the late Hank Garland—ever to play with Elvis. For all you Trivia buffs, Burton played guitar on the last track of my Jaded Virgin album.

As for literary news, I have essays in two new publications—the anthologies Circling Faith: Southern Women on Spirituality and Literary Dogs and Their South Carolina WritersSo … for that special truth seeker or dog lover in your life, these books would make a nice gift! (Christmas is coming, y’all.)

Okay. This weekend, I’ll be at the Southern Womens Writers Conference in Mount Berry, GA. Then Clarksdale, MS, where I’ll be performing at Morgan Freeman’s Ground Zero Blues Bar. (This event is being sponsored by the Carnegie Public Library.) After that, it’s Birmingham and Auburn before heading back to Nashville where I’ll be joined by Silas House, Matraca Berg and George Singleton for my annual “Literary In-The-Round” at the Bluebird Cafe! Click here for details on these and other dates.

See you on the road!

Marshall Chapman (signature)

James Burton - Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum Aug. 18, 2012

James Burton
Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum Aug. 18, 2012

Scotty Moore, Marshall, James Burton, Reggie Young ... riding with the King! Ford Theater at CMHOF, Nashville, TN

Scotty Moore, Marshall, James Burton, Reggie Young…riding with the King!
Ford Theater at CMHOF, Nashville, TN

Will Kimbrough Casey Wood, Marshall, Mike Utley, Uncle Jim Mayer The Insanery Studio - Far East Nashville, TN September 11, 2012 (photo: Mick Utley)

Will Kimbrough Casey Wood, Marshall, Mike Utley, Uncle Jim Mayer
The Insanery Studio – Far East Nashville, TN – September 11, 2012
(photo: Mick Utley)

Marshall Laying it down (photo: Will Kimbrough)

Marshall
Laying it down
(photo: Will Kimbrough)

Marshall & Will share a moment (photo: Mick Utley)

Marshall & Will
share a moment
(photo: Mick Utley)


Magic at the P.O.

Beyond Words - Marshall ChapmanDuring the dog days of summer, it’s easy to question living in Nashville. I have friends who have second homes in places like Montana just so they can avoid the heat, humidity, and chiggers that go along with this time of year.

A few days ago, having just returned from a week in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where the nights are cool and the humidity
low, I was standing in line at the Charlotte Avenue post office, entertaining thoughts of actually moving to San Miguel, when
something happened that changed my attitude.

Read On…


Flashback!

Joe South and Marshall Chapman teaming for a weekend show at Cantrells's

Joe South
(February 28, 1940 – September 5, 2012) Joe South died September 5 at his home in Flowery Branch, GA. “It’s a sad day for people who love music,” said Marshall upon hearing the news. “Joe and I ran hard together from 1980-1984. I was crazy about him. We were like Bonnie and Clyde … without the guns.” The above photo ran in the Nashville Banner on November 18, 1982. (photo: Bob Mack)


Marshall Recommends:

The following songs featuring James Burton on lead guitar!

  1. Suzie-Q – Dale Hawkins (Burton was 15 when he played on this.)
  2. Hello Mary Lou – Ricky Nelson
  3. Mama Tried – Merle Haggard
  4. Ooh Las Vegas – Gram Parsons (with Emmylou)
  5. You Ask Me To – Marshall Chapman


Belgium breakfast!

Variations of this spread were provided each morning in our hotel dining room (with lovely view of nearby lake) in Genk, Belgium. The Love Slaves and I were there for the 2003 Belgium Rhythm & Blues Festival.

A simple, high-protein, delicious breakfast that’s easy to prepare!

1. Layout

  • Sliced dry salami
  • Fresh mango or kiwi, peeled and sliced
  • Hard-boiled egg, peeled and served warm
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Mild soft cheeses – (You can go fancy, but Mini Babybels® work for me!)
  • Fresh sliced bread, toasted ever-so-slightly. Spread soft cheese on the bread.

2. Assemble on plate and serve.

Det smager godt!

Preparation time: 10 minutes (the time it takes to boil an egg!)


Pearl Drop

2012 09 Pearl Drop of Wisdom


Hummingbird Hall of Fame

Current inductees (those who shared August newsletter) are:

Hummingbird Hall of FameCherie Bailey, Laura Hogan Bailey, Carter Baker, Wilson Bonner, Paola Burgi, Henry Carrigan, Lacy Chapman, Scarlette Cox, Dale Critz Jr, Steven Effinger, Sandra Erickson, Carol Golemon, Tom Gould, Deloris Green, Cynthia Henry, Jim Hoehn, Brent Inman, Rik James, Kim Jameson, Ann Kelly, Lisa Knight, Bette Lorenzen, Billie McConnell, Kevin Parrish, Dorace Peters, Peaches Rankin, Diana Revell, Kelson Slayman, Jane Smith-Stage, Debby Solomon, Hope Stringer, Ann Love Suttle, Dona Tapp, Kathleen Tolleson, Anne Tracy, James Warren, Mary Chapman Webster, Tommy Webster, Elise & Bill Weston, Joni Wheeler, Mike Williams, Elizabeth Chapman Young, Margaret Zibart.

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Magic at the P.O.

During the dog days of summer, it’s easy to question living in Nashville. I have friends who have second homes in places like Montana just so they can avoid the heat, humidity, and chiggers that go along with this time of year.

A few days ago, having just returned from a week in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where the nights are cool and the humidity low, I was standing in line at the Charlotte Avenue post office, entertaining thoughts of actually moving to San Miguel, when something happened that changed my attitude.

It was Monday, so the line was fairly long. There were about six people in front of me and four or five behind. The line wasn’t moving, so I began to do what I often do in such circumstances—people watch. The Charlotte Avenue post office is good for that. They get a real cross section in there.

After a minute or so, I became aware of some soft harmonica music playing. It seemed to be coming from behind the counter, from back where they sort the mail, but it was hard to tell. The harmonica sounded sweet and soulful, which had me thinking, Damn! Somebody down here’s got good taste in music!

Then I noticed a tall, elderly black man standing at the front of the line. He was wearing a wide-brimmed straw hat with white t-shirt, black trousers, and white running shoes. In his hands, he held a package. I tried not to stare, but it became impossible once I realized he was the source of the music!

I stood transfixed as he played “Spanish Harlem” on a standard harmonica… with, dig this—no hands! He just worked the harmonica back and forth with his mouth. He didn’t use a harmonica rack either. Just his mouth.

I think he’d lost all his teeth, because the harmonica seemed to fit right where his teeth used to be. When the world throws eggs, make an omelette, right?

Some people acted oblivious, but others, like myself and the man behind me, shook their heads in delighted disbelief. For me, the spiritual voice of the experience said, Welcome home, Marshall. You’re right where you belong.

“Beyond Words” – Marshall’s September column from Nashville Arts Magazine