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Chapman sings "Songs I Can't Live Without"

Monday, March 30, 2020 – Marshall Chapman is looking back. The veteran singer announced she would release "Songs I Can't Live Without," a covers album.

This will be her 14th release, her eighth on TallGirl Records.

"I went through a lot of trauma five years ago, which had me telling myself and anybody else who'd listen, that I had retired from making music," Chapman said without elaborating.

Chapman turned to movies. In 2015's "Mississippi Grind," she played the blues-singing mother of a gambler-drifter played by Ryan Reynolds. Before filming began, the producers asked her to record the Dan Penn and Donnie Fritts song "Rainbow Road" with producer Neilson Hubbard. Hubbard and Chapman hit it off. After the session, Hubbard suggested they record an entire album together.

"Little did we know that five years later, we would do exactly that," Chapman said.

Recording an album of classics had always been on Chapman's bucket list. "The songs I write have always been so personal," Chapman said. "I needed a break. I was getting tired of living myself into a corner, just so I could write myself out."

The disc starts with Leonard Cohen's "Tower of Song," which Chapman sings for the first time while recording it, and ends with "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands," the first song she remembers singing as a child. In between are classics by Otis Blackwell, Goffin/King, J.J. Cale, Bob Seger and Chet Baker.

The South Carolina native has had her songs recorded by Emmylou Harris, Joe Cocker, Irma Thomas,and John Hiatt. She's currently featured in an exhibit, Outlaws & Armadillos: Country's Roaring '70s, at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, running until Feb. 14, 2021.

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Songs I Can't Live Without CD review - Songs I Can't Live Without
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Big Lonesome CD review - Big Lonesome
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Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: The Lil Smokies provide the perfect antidote – On a night when the world to be falling further apart thanks to coronavirus (this would be the night the NBA postponed the season), there stood The Lil Smokies to at least in some small measure save the day. The quintet is part of a generation of musicians with bluegrass as the basis, but not totally the sum of the music either.... »»»
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