The Tall Girl Skinny - From Marshall Chapman

January, 2013

Happy 2013!

And greetings from Nashville—home of the wildly popular Wednesday-night soap opera by the same name.

Highlights since the last Skinny include my first band gig in four years. That’s right. On November 24, the Wild Elephants and I played Nashville’s Bluebird Café. Mike Utley flew in from California to join Will Kimbrough, Jim Mayer, Casey Wood and me for a rockin’ night of music, magic, and mayhem (including wardrobe malfunction). Thanks to all who came out. Utley stayed over that next week to oversee the mixing of my new CD, Blaze of Glory, which I can’t wait for you all to hear! Stay tuned.

On November 30, Chris and I headed to Spartanburg for a family visit that included my first ever canine book signing! (photos) We stayed at Mill Hill Farm with my sister Dorothy and her husband, Julian Josey. Dorothy & Julian are currently at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, where Julian is undergoing a bone marrow transplant. They’ll be there for another seven weeks. Should any of you wish to send a card, their address is Broadway Residences and Suites/ 15 1st Street SE/ Rochester, MN 55904.

Most of December was spent catching up with friends and enjoying the holidays. On December 12, Lee Smith, Jill McCorkle, Matraca Berg, and I played a sold-out Belcourt Theater to benefit the Center for Contemplative Justice. Much appreciation to all who came out in support of this worthy cause!

Some exotic gigs coming up. I mean, can it get more diverse than Easley, SC, and Baja, Mexico? In between, I’ll be at the Cowboy Jack Clement Tribute at Nashville’s War Memorial Auditorium, then Atlanta for AKA Doc Pomus screenings. (Click here for details on these and all events.)

Thanks to everyone who made 2012 so special.

Love and happiness to all,

Marshall Chapman (signature)

 

Marshall & the Wild Elephants! The Bluebird Cafe Nov. 24, 2012 (Photo: Jessica Wood)

Marshall & the Wild Elephants!
The Bluebird Cafe
Nov. 24, 2012
(Photo: Jessica Wood)

2nd set at Bluebird  (Note costume change)  Nov. 24, 2012 (Photo: Jessica Wood)

2nd set at Bluebird
(Note costume change)
Nov. 24, 2012
(Photo: Jessica Wood)

Marshall, Jill McCorkle, Lee Smith, Matraca Berg played a benefit at the Belcourt Theater December 12, 2012 (Photo: Ashley Twiggs, courtesy of VA Festival of the Book)

Marshall, Jill McCorkle, Lee Smith, Matraca Berg played a benefit at the Belcourt Theater
December 12, 2012
(Photo: Ashley Twiggs, courtesy of VA Festival of the Book)

Frank Dycus Memorial (From left: Austin Cunningham, Shawn Camp, Marshall, Matraca and Dean Dillon) Douglas Corner in Nashville  Dec. 11, 2012 (Photo: Alan Messer)

Frank Dycus Memorial
(From left: Austin Cunningham, Shawn Camp, Marshall, Matraca and Dean Dillon)
Douglas Corner in Nashville
Dec. 11, 2012
(Photo: Alan Messer)

Watching Alabama-Georgia game  with Dorothy & Julian Josey and Chris  Spartanburg, SC  Dec. 1, 2012

Watching Alabama-Georgia game with Dorothy & Julian Josey and Chris
Spartanburg, SC
Dec. 1, 2012


How do you put lettuce in the refrigerator?

Beyond Words - Marshall Chapman

Click here to find out.

(Marshall’s December column from Nashville Arts Magazine)


Flashback!

New Year's Eve, 1978 Great Southeast Music Hall - Atlanta, GA This from Marshall: "My band and I had just opened for Jerry Lee Lewis. This photo was taken by his 14-year-old daughter, Phoebe." Read about this night and MORE in Goodbye, Little Rock and Roller. New Second Editions now available!

New Year’s Eve, 1978
Great Southeast Music Hall – Atlanta, GA

This from Marshall: “My band and I had just opened for Jerry Lee Lewis. This photo was taken by his 14-year-old daughter, Phoebe.”Read about this night and MORE in Goodbye, Little Rock and Roller. New Second Editions now available!


Marshall Recommends

the following music videos to inspire you in the New Year!

Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole – Somewhere Over the Rainbow

William Tyler – Behold The Spirit

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Man On Fire

Mary Gauthier – Mercy Now

Sam Cooke – A Change Is Gonna Come


Corn, Carrot, Kale, and Sausage soup!

Click here for recipe with photos.

Fantastic for using up leftover vegetables. The big chunks of corn work particularly well in deepening the flavor.

For vegetarian or vegan – just substitute vegetable stock and skip sausage or use a veggie substitute.

Note: The first time Chris and I made this, we didn’t have any sausage, so we used ground venison. Very tasty!

 

Ingredients
2 tablespoons canola oil (to cover bottom of pan)
2 medium onions, coarsely chopped
1 bay leaf
6 carrots, chopped into rings
splash of booze of your choice (or water)
2 ears corn, shucked and chopped into rings
2 pounds leftover sausages, cooked and chopped
1 bunch kale, chopped
6-8 cups chicken stock
handful garlic cloves, grated
salt & pepper to taste

 

Preparation
Saute onion in oil until soft.
Add bay leaf and carrots, and saute until the onions begin to stick.
Add a splash of booze to deglaze the pan (lift the tasty sticky brown bits). We used Madeira. Stir until booze has mostly evaporated, but nothing is sticking.
Add the stock. We used 8 cups chicken stock
Add corn and sausage, and simmer for 10 minutes.
Add kale, and cook until the leaves have just wilted. (If you’re using the stems, add them first to get a head start cooking.)
Grate garlic cloves into soup, and cook for another minute or two to soften/blend the flavor.
Sample, and add salt/pepper to taste.

 


Pearl Drop

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Hummingbird Hall of Fame

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

Donnie Ault, Becky Belmont Bagwell, Laura Hogan Bailey, Ted Barton, Ann Bearden, Georgia Bay Blanton, Don Botch, Steve Burkhalter, Joy Couch, Susan Pitts Dale, Macon T. Edwards, Steven Effinger, Myra Elmore, Kamie Ethridge, Marcia Fine, Emma Fonseca, Jamie Fulmer, Linda Gilday, Katy Ginanni, Tom Gould, Jay Grider, Scott Hollingsworth, Gloria S. Holloway, John Holmquist, Anne Chapman Jeter, Ann Kelly, Martha J. LaBare, Paul Leslie, Thad Matta, Bill McCloud, Wade McCurdy, Paul Metsa, Nancy Milliken, Jack Montgomery, April Mullins, Ed Mumford, Stacy Owen, Debbie Patterson, Ken & Peggy Paulson, Terry Perruso, Dorace Peters, Melissa Pulsfort, Richelle Putnam, Marge Rizalvo, Ramcey Rodriguez, Janet Ruffin, Roger Ryan, Garth Shaw, Sondra Shook, Kelson Slayman, Anne Smartt, Jane Smith-Stage, Debby Solomon, Dona Tapp, Connie Thomas, Athalie White, Carl Williams, Deanne Zatko.

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