jules chapin

jules chapin


A voice rich as heavy cream over a soulful, rhythmic guitar sound that ranges from jazzy syncopation to driving rock and comes to rest in open-tuning dreamscapes; Jules' songs are sexy and smart, and she performs them straight from the heart.


Jules grew up in New York City with an arts writer/critic/musician dad and a political activist mom. She wrote her first song at the age of four on her granny's upright piano in Virginia, and has been writing and performing original material pretty much since then. Influences: a childhood soundtrack of hymns, spirituals, show tunes and classical music and a teenage playlist with 60s and 70s rock and folk rock, and the confessional poet/songwriters in heavy rotation. Strongest songwriter influences (in no particular order): Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Paul Simon and Jacques Brel. And, of course, Dylan.

Jules also is a published poet and received her MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University in 2001. Her songs are subtilely influenced by the contemporary poetry scene, in particular by the experimental/non-narrative work coming out of San Francisco and New York.

Jules' voice has been compared to Tracy Chapman, Alanis Morissette, Joni Mitchell and Judy Collins. An audience member at a recent solo show commented to her: "Your guitar playing is so awesome—it fills the space like an entire band!"

For the past three years Jules has been performing with the San Francisco Bay-area jam/rock band, Seconds on End, as a primary songwriter, rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist. As of September 2004 she will be exclusively performing solo.


1) Road Songs / A full-length solo cd, self-released fall/'03. Produced by Bonnie Hayes, with backing musicians as follows: Benny Rietveld (bass/Carlos Santana), Kevin Hayes (drums/Robert Cray), Vicki Randle (percussion & vocals/Tonight Show Orchestra), Stef Burns (electric and acoustic guitars/Huey Lewis and the News), and others. MP3 Samples available at

2) The Glow (w/ Seconds on End)/ a full-length band cd featuring five songs written by Jules, as well as her vocals and guitar on all tracks. The recording of her song, Beautiful Noise, off of this album has had some local and internet airplay (KPFA, Berkley). MP3 samples available at

Set List

Jules' set list varies from night to night, depending on circumstances, but an evening generally consists of two 45 minute to 1 hour sets. 95% originals/occasional covers. A recent solo setlist was as follows (all compositions ©Jules Chapin unless otherwise noted):

Here Comes Nostalgia
Stay for a While
Dimming of the Day (R. Thompson)
Walk Me Home
Night Road
At the Turning
Last to Be Found
The First Time I Left New York
Little Piece of Blue
(set break)
Is This My Name?
Come the Dawn
Leningrad '39
Waiting for You
Simple Things
Blue-Eyed Bird
Beautiful Noise
See the Sky About to Rain (N. Young)
She Sings
Through These Stars
(encore) The Maker (D. Lanois)