The Tall Girl Skinny - From Marshall Chapman

February, 2013

Greetings!

It’s been a great month, highlighted by one of the most enjoyable nights of my life. If you were at the Cowboy Jack Clement Tribute at War Memorial Auditorium January 30, then you know what I’m talking about. If you weren’t, click here to read review (… and here to see pics.) Chris and I were seated at a table with Charley Pride, John Hiatt, Allen Reynolds and Dickey Lee. A letter of appreciation from Michelle Obama was read by Connie Britton, star of the hot, new TV series, Nashville. Video tributes from Bono, Bill Clinton, Taylor Swift, Ted Danson & Mary Steenburgen, Dennis Quaid and others were shown on a big screen behind the stage. Performing mostly Clement-penned songs were John Prine, Del McCoury, Kris Kristofferson, Charley Pride, Emmylou & Rodney, Hiatt, Mary Gauthier, T-Bone Burnett … (Click review link above for complete list.) Halfway though the show, I got up and sang “Let’s All Help the Cowboy Sing the Blues” (Click here for YouTube video). Performing this song while looking out at a crowd that included the song’s creator (Cowboy Jack) and Scotty Moore (who lit my rock & roll fuse while playing guitar for Elvis) AND Kris Krisofferson (who inspired me to write songs) … well, it just doesn’t get any better than that. Kudos to Dub Cornett and Matt Urmy for organizing this amazing event.

February 9-16, Chris and I were in Baja, Mexico, where I performed a couple of nights at Rancho La Puerta. For upcoming gigs, click here.

This just in! The release date for my new CD is May 28. Scotty Moore recently listened to it and had this to say:

“I have loved Marshall for years, but this is a real work of art.
The band is small, you can hear every note from every instrument,
(thanks Mr. Mixer) the voice is enough on top to hear every
emotion in the words but not overpowering. In addition to the
mechanics of the CD, which sounds much more like we did at
Sun Studio in 1955 than something from Nashville in 2013,
the songs are just as good as I expect from Ms. Chapman.
I especially like the Bo Diddley-type opener, but every song
sounds good. This is one to put on and listen all the way through,
not just put one or two cuts on your I-Pod.”

Thanks, Scotty. I love you too.

Love and happiness to all,

Marshall Chapman (signature)

 

signing in Easley, SC Hampton Public Library Jan. 22, 2013 (photo: Amanda Bauknight)

signing in Easley, SC
Hampton Public Library
Jan. 22, 2013
(photo: Amanda Bauknight)

with Charley Pride & Kenny Vaughan Rehearsal for Jack Clement Tribute Nashville - Jan. 29 (photo: Reggie Young)

with Charley Pride & Kenny Vaughan
Rehearsal for Jack Clement Tribute
Nashville – Jan. 29
(photo: Reggie Young)

Cowboy Jack Clement Tribute by Karan Simpson

Cowboy Jack Clement Tribute
War Memorial Auditorium
Nashville, TN – Jan 30, 2013
(photo: Karan Simpson)

Marshall sings "Let's All Help the Cowboy Sing the Blues" Cowboy Jack Clement Tribute (photo: Kate Cauthen)

Marshall sings “Let’s All Help the Cowboy Sing the Blues”
Cowboy Jack Clement Tribute
(photo: Kate Cauthen)

AKA Doc Pomus screening in Atlanta Will Bratton, Marshall, Sharyn Felder, Amy & Greg Linton, Peter Miller Feb 2, 2013

AKA Doc Pomus screening in Atlanta
Will Bratton, Marshall, Sharyn Felder, Amy & Greg Linton, Peter Miller
Feb 2, 2013


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(Marshall’s January column from Nashville Arts Magazine)

 


Flashback!

Nashville party (1974) (Photo: Ray Johnson) From left: Joni Wheeler, Cowboy Jack Clement, Marshall, Susan Himmell Foreground: Betty Herbert (in white hat) and Danielle Folon (off to right)

Nashville party (1974)
(Photo: Ray Johnson)
From left: Joni Wheeler, Cowboy Jack Clement, Marshall, Susan Himmell
Foreground: Betty Herbert (in white hat) and Danielle Folon (off to right)

From Marshall: “This was taken at my annual mint julep party—a tradition that lasted two years. I was living in a condemned neighborhood, paying $50/month rent. Cowboy was a big hit at the party, especially with the ladies. When my mother first spied him waltzing around my vegetable garden (to music only he could hear), she called me aside. “Marshall, WHO is that man?” “Oh, that’s Cowboy,” I replied. “Is he on something?” she continued. “Oh, Mama, he’s always on something.” I later noticed Cowboy waltzing Mother around the yard. “Whew!” she exclaimed afterward.”That man sure is a marvelous dancer!”


Marshall Recommends

the following books:

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I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen
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Me and the Devil
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Rockin’ a Hard Place
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We Can All Do Better
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Pearl Drop

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Hummingbird Hall of Fame

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

Alex Abravanel, Becky Belmont Bagwell, Bill Barker, Georgia Ray Blanton, Nancy Palmer Bledsoe, Gordon Brewer, J. Aaron Brown, Debra DuBois, Steven Effinger, Chris Fletcher, Ellen Francis, Tom Gould, Sue Havlish, Beverly Hill, Wade Hill, Wlliam Hough, David Huntington, Brent Inman, Ann Kelly, Robert Ladd, Phoebe Lewis, Barbara Lott, Wade McCurdy, Donna Nicely, Phil Ragland, Diana Revell, Ramcey Rodriguez, Tom Rubens, Susan Seidler, Garth Shaw, Kelson Slayman, Jane Smith-Stage, Debby Solomon, Laurie Spezzano, Ann Love Suttle, Connie Thomas, Janice & Jerry Vick, and Alvah Whealton.

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