The Tall Girl Skinny - From Marshall Chapman

November, 2012


First of all, I’d like to thank everyone who voted for me for the Spartanburg Music Trail. Chris and I were in D.C., when we heard the news. It’s a special feeling to be honored by one’s hometown. And I feel lucky to have been born in a place that has produced musicians like Hank Garland, Buck Trent, Walter Hyatt, David Ball, Champ Hood, Joe Bennett & the Sparkletones, Pink Anderson, Ira Tucker (of the Dixie Hummingbirds), The Blue Ridge Quartet, Don Reno, Bobby Thompson, the Marshall Tucker Band, Daryle Rice, Fayssoux McLean, David Ezell … the list goes on and on.

Speaking of D.C., I was there opening for Delbert McClinton at the Birchmere. A wonderful surprise was running into longtime friend Gary Nicholson who was playing in Delbert’s band. The next night, I played Roanoke [VA], then Johnson City as Chris and I made our way back to Nashville. Between Roanoke and Johnson City, we took a detour up into the mountains above Blacksburg, driving along the New River and part of West Virginia as we wound toward Pounding Mill, VA—home of Cuz’s Uptown Barbecue! There we enjoyed a delicious meal, compliments of Cuz (aka Mike Thompson). Cuz was in my class at Vanderbilt where he ran for student body president under the pseudonym Lunch Madrid. Click here for photos from this recent trip. Thanks to all who made these shows such a success.

This Thursday, I’ll be at the Nashville Jewish Film festival for a screening of AKA Doc Pomus. Also this Thursday, John Jeter will be signing copies of his new book at Parnassus. Jeter is owner/founder of The Handlebar, a favorite music venue in Greenville, SC. Click here for Peter Cooper article.

Saturday after Thanksgiving, I’ll be at the Bluebird with the Wild Elephants(!)—a band featuring Will Kimbrough on guitar, Michael Utley on keyboards, Jim Mayer on bass, and Casey Wood on percussion. These stellar musicians played on my last CD, Big Lonesome, and my soon-to be-released, Blaze of Glory. It’s been four years since I’ve played with a band, so yes, I’m excited!

Also, if you’re in the Nashville area, circle December 12 on your calendar, as Matraca Berg, Lee Smith, Jill McCorkle and I will again rock the Belcourt to benefit the Center for Contemplative Justice.

For details on these and other gigs, click here.

Okay. Literary Dogs and Their South Carolina Writers is now available! An essay I wrote about our family dog, Impy, is included along with contributions from Ron Rash, Josephine Humphreys, Padgett Powell, George Singleton, and others. This anthology is THE perfect Christmas gift for that canine/literary-loving special someone.

Wishing you safe travels and a Happy Thanksgiving!
Marshall Chapman (signature)


Jennifer Lewis, MC, George Merriken After Birchmere show in Alexandria, VA November 1, 2012 - Marshall Chapman

Jennifer Lewis, MC, George Merriken after Birchmere show in Alexandria, VA, November 1, 2012

Jimmy Martin, MC, Mike Gregory Kirk Avenue Music Hall (Roanoke, VA) November 2, 2012 - Marshall Chapman

Jimmy Martin, MC, Mike Gregory
Kirk Avenue Music Hall (Roanoke, VA)
November 2, 2012

The New River (Geologically, the third oldest river in the world) Taken from Highway 460 near Glen Lyn, VA November 3, 2012 - Marshall Chapman

The New River
(Geologically, the third oldest river in the world)
Taken from Highway 460 near Glen Lyn, VA
November 3, 2012

Jane Harrold, MC, Mike Thompson Cuz's Uptown Barbecue Pounding Mill, VA November 3, 2012 - Marshall Chapman

Jane Harrold, MC, Mike Thompson
Cuz’s Uptown Barbecue
Pounding Mill, VA
November 3, 2012

MC with Tom Kennedy 101.5 FM - The Music Place (Roanoke, VA) (photo: Annemarie Zoller) - Marshall Chapman

MC with Tom Kennedy
101.5 FM – The Music Place (Roanoke, VA)(photo: Annemarie Zoller)


Only in Nashville

Beyond Words - Marshall ChapmanRecently Chris and I had two events to attend in one evening. So out on the town we went.

First stop: a birthday party on the outskirts of Germantown. The invitation read “Peter Nappi” (with an address), which had us thinking Peter Nappi would be our host. We soon learned Peter Nappi is a studio/boutique where high quality leather boots and bags are handcrafted in the tradition of an Italian immigrant named Peter Nappi who came to America over a hundred years ago. We also learned the old brick building that houses this establishment had once been a meat-packing plant. The impressive structure sits atop a bluff above the Cumberland River with the Nashville skyline looming so close it seemed you could reach out and touch it. I’m thinking, “I’ve lived here forty years. How’d I miss this?”

Read On…


Summerfest (1987) Milwaukee, Wisconsin - With Jimmy Buffett - Marshall Chapman

Summerfest (1987)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Taken the summer Marshall played guitar in Jimmy Buffett’s band.
Let’s hear it for jungle-print miniskirts and big hair!
(Sent from Wisconsin by our friend Jim Hoehn)

Marshall Recommends

the following movies:

A Good Year
Feel-gooder set in Provence, starring Russell Crowe

revenge thriller with female heroine played by Zoe Saldana

Foyle’s War
The acclaimed PBS series

A Dangerous Method
based on true story of Freud, Jung and the woman who came between them

The Debt
Nazi war-criminal thriller starring Helen Mirren


Shepherd’s Pie

The ultimate comfort food. A cool-weather favorite.
And for what it’s worth, Keith Richards’ favorite pre-show meal!
The following recipe is from Corner Market Catering in Nashville. The Produce Place and other stores occasionally carry this pre-made.


1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 large onion, peeled & chopped
1 large carrot, peeled & chopped
1 lb ground beef (or ground lamb … or 1/2 lb each)
1 cup beef or chicken broth
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 teaspoon chopped fresh or dry rosemary
1 tablespoon chopped Italian parsley
1 cup frozen peas
2 lbs russet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup milk (any fat content)
Kosher salt to taste
3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
Chopped parsley


Preheat oven to 375°F.
In a large sauté pan, over medium-high heat, heat the oil, then add the onion, carrot and meat. Cook until browned, 8 to 10 minutes.
Drain the fat and add the broth, tomato paste and herbs. Simmer until the juices thicken, about 10 minutes, then add the peas.
Pour the mixture into a 1 1/2-quart baking dish; set aide.
Meanwhile, bring the potatoes to a boil in salted water. Cook until tender. Then mash with butter, milk, and salt to taste.
Top potatoes over meat mixture. Place dish in oven. Bake for approximately 1/2 hour, or until potatoes are turning golden. Top with cheddar and cook for 5 minutes more.
Sprinkle with parsley and serve.


Pearl Drop

November 2012 Pearl Drop


Hummingbird Hall of Fame

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

Marshall Chapman - Hummingbird Hall of FameSheila Armstrong, Laura Hogan Bailey, Bill Barker, Scott Billington, Bill Bradley, Jeff Brady, Jean Buffington, Martha Carlisle, Hilton Caston, Kim M. Crouch, Sue Culverhouse, Ellen Heckman Davenport, Porter & Lisa Dawson, Steven Effinger, Midge Gardner, Patricia Elizabeth Gardner, Katy Ginanni, Carol Golemon, Tom Gould, Deloris Green, Dexter Green, Nelson Grube, Ann Harmer, Bob Harris, Cynthia Henry, Beverly Hill, Dilcy Hilley, Jennifer Horne, Boogie Hunt, Stephanie Hunt, Jayna Johnson, Dorothy Josey, Ann Kelly, Imogene King, Emmy Lunatic, “Pignose” Dave May, Bill Meadows, InBlauk Musicolorama, Andrew Padian, Kathy L. Patrick, Dorace Peters, Shelia & Ken Pyle, Ramcey Rodriguez, Roger Ryan, Garth Shaw, Alison Shelton, McKittrick Simmons, Kelson Slayman, Jane Smith-Stage, Debby Solomon, Laura Spezzano, James Stack, Bill Turrentine, and Alvah Whealton.

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