The Chapmans

The Chapmans

BandCountryBluegrass

Stellar musicianship, haunting melody, tight harmonies and, most important, great songs are what make up The Chapmans' sound. It's also what garners multiple SPBGMA awards and an Emerging Artist of the Year win from the IBMA. They are, by far, the quintessential family band for the 21st century.

Biography

Brothers Jeremy, Jason and John, together with their father Bill, have taken their efforts in the studio to new heights of emotion, storytelling and musicianship with "Simple Man," their third album for Pinecastle Records. "Simple Man" fulfills the promise of 1999's "Notes From Home" and 2001's "Follow Me," which established the Chapmans as rising stars in the genre and earned them the Emerging Artist of the Year award from the International Bluegrass Music Association.

Not ones to sit on their hard-won success, the Chapmans set out to prove they're worthy of the praise the bluegrass community has given them with "Simple Man." To aid in their cause, the Chapmans enlisted some of that community's elite players to back them up.

"One of the most exciting things about our career is all the support we've received from other artists, from our heroes," Jeremy says.

Producer Darrin Vincent, brother of fellow Missourian Rhonda Vincent, raised the bar for quality and musical craftsmanship during the recording process without compromising the Chapmans artistic vision. Union Station guitarist Ron Block, whom John describes as "my personal guitar hero," plays backing guitar on three songs. The album was mixed by recording engineer Gary Paczosa, who has worked on six Grammy-winning projects, including Nickel Creek's "This Side," the Dixie Chicks' "Home" and Dolly Parton's "The Grass is Blue."

The result is an album of stellar musicianship, haunting melody, tight family harmonies and, most important, great songs. Choosing the songs was no easy task. The Chapmans whittled some 3,200 song choices down to 12 for the album. "Ode to The Simple Man" was originally written as a modern country song, but the tale of hard-working, everyday people becomes a powerful piece of Americana in the hands of the Chapmans. "Runaway Kind" exhibits the band's ability to capture the rootsy, lonesome essence of bluegrass. "The Photograph," a ballad about lost love, is nothing short of haunting.

Since then, "Notes From Home" and "Follow Me" were both nominated by SPBGMA for Album of the Year. John has been recognized three times as SPBGMA's Guitar Performer of the Year, and the band has won endorsements from several well-known sponsors including Gibson Instruments and GHS Strings. Yet the Chapmans feel their best work is still ahead of them, as "Simple Man" demonstrates.

HIGHLIGHTS:
International band champions- 1998
IBMA emerging artist of the year- 2002
SPBGMA Guitar player of the year- 2000, 02, 03
Nominations:
SPBGMA: Song of the year, Album of the year, Vocal group of the year, Mandolin player of the year
Notes From Home- top 5 BU radio chart
Album Follow Me reached #3
Singles: Losing Again & Follow Me reached #5 & #19 on the Bluegrass Unlimited charts
Simple Man debuted at #4 on Billboard chart
Featured on the cover of Bluegrass Unlimited
Featured article in Bluegrass Now for both Jeremy & Jason
Featured on the cover of Bluegrass Now cover for John

To book The Chapmans:
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Lyrics

Fire In The Canyon

Written By: Robert C. Amos

Boulder creek is drying out
And the grass is turning brown
And that rain just won't fall down
On the dried out dusty ground

Something strange is in the air
And the wind cries in despair
There’s not a songbird anywhere
To dispel our growing fear

My god my god what’s that I see
Down the canyon three miles from me
Towering flames and clouds of grey
Just pack the truck and drive away

Houses burned and dreams were lost
Few were spared that dreadful cost
But for those who feed the flames
Only memories remain

Mother Nature gives us life
But if we don't treat her right
There’s one lesson that remains
She can take back what she gave

The Photograph

Written By: Mike Dekle & Byron Hill

I’ve got to hand it to you
You’ve got a great attitude
You keep that gleam in your eye much better than I
When the chips are down

It always shows on your face
That look just gives it away
Guess that’s the beauty of you, your love shining through
On the darkest days

You don’t ever stop smiling
You don’t ever look like anything’s gone wrong
You’re just there on my wall, to remind me of all
The love we had

I just look at you there
And some times I swear
I hear you say everything is ok
It’ll be all right

Wish I had your point of view
See things the way that you do
Cause it ain’t all black and white living my life
Missing you

You don’t ever stop smiling
You don’t ever look like anything’s gone wrong
You’re just there on my wall, to remind me of all
The love we had

Ode To The Simple Man

Written By: Kim Fox

Eli makes a living selling sweet corn by the road
He never made a big deal out of life
Born the son of a preacher he did what he was told
He was a simple man doing what was right
A simple man

At the corner grocery there’s a man who stocks the shelves
Arranging things so everyone can see
Everyday he goes to work and every night he leaves
And no one knows a greater pride than he
A simple man

Ode to the simple man and his easy going ways
His trials and tribulations few
And though he may seem humble in our ever changing world
You can fault a simple man till your walking in his shoes

Jacob was a blind man sitting on a curb
His cup held high for anybody’s change
He’s walked the streets alone now for nearly forty years
His will to live is masking all his pain
A simple man

Ode to the simple man and his easy going ways
His trials and tribulations few
And though he may seem humble in our ever changing world
You can fault a simple man till your walking in his shoes

Jeanie And Tommy

Written By: Beth & April Stevens

He dropped by to see her this evening
So sweet, so young and in love
There making there plans for the future
And counting the stars up above

And one day there’s gonna be a wedding
Jeanie hopes to be a June bride
Tommy tells her goodnight underneath the porch light
And kisses and holds Jeanie tight
But Tommy won’t go home tonight

And Jeanie dreams of church bells
And she’s walking down the isle
And Tommy is wearing his boots and his hat
And Jeanie is all dressed in white
Oh Jeanie have sweet dreams tonight

While Jeanie is sleeping and dreaming
Tommy meets up with some friends
What harm would it do to just have a few
It’s just some guys out running round

But later that night on the back road
There drinking and having there fun
Tommy lost all control and the car it did roll
Then came those flashing blue lights
But Tommy won’t go home to night

And Jeanie hears the church bells
And she walking down the isle
And Tommy is wearing his boots and his hat
But Jeanie is not wearing white
And Tommy won’t go home tonight

Discography

Notes From Home (1999)
Follow Me (2001)
Simple Man (2005)