Follow Meby The Chapmans
One sign of maturity in a bluegrass band is the willingness to play at a moderate tempo. One sign of virtuosity in a bluegrass band is the ability to play at a moderate tempo with driving intensity. So when the Chapman's open their second album (and Pinecastle debut) with the muscular but restrained "Losing Again," it grabs your attention./a>… See more details below
One sign of maturity in a bluegrass band is the willingness to play at a moderate tempo. One sign of virtuosity in a bluegrass band is the ability to play at a moderate tempo with driving intensity. So when the Chapman's open their second album (and Pinecastle debut) with the muscular but restrained "Losing Again," it grabs your attention. That they follow it up with the overly sweet "My Heart's Bouquet" is a minor misstep, but things pick up again quickly: "Follow Me to Tennessee" strikes a perfect balance between sugar and vinegar, while the swinging "Candy Kisses" harks back more to Bob Wills than to Flatt & Scruggs and the juxtaposition of Bill Monroe's "I'm Going Back to Old Kentucky" with the Sam Cook hit "You Send Me" bespeaks both musical depth and a sense of humor. And the harmonies on the latter -- which features only bass and voices -- are nothing short of angelic. What looks on the cover like just one more traditional bluegrass album by one more family band turns out to involve layers of musicianship that you wouldn't necessarily anticipate. That's another sign of virtuosity.
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Performance CreditsChapmans Primary Artist
John Catchings Cello
John Chapman Bass,Guitar,Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Tenor (Vocal)
Stuart Duncan Fiddle
Ray Deaton Bass (Vocal),Vocals
Randy Kohrs Guitar,Guitar (Resonator)
Russell Moore Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Jason Chapman Bass,Vocals,Baritone,Tenor (Vocal)
Jeremy Chapman Mandolin,Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Baritone (Vocal),Tenor (Vocal)
Bill Chapman Banjo,Baritone (Vocal)
Technical CreditsGreg Luck Engineer
Clarence Paul Composer
Tim Stafford Liner Notes
Ed Townsend Composer
Brent Truitt Engineer
Ray Deaton Producer
Bob Murray Art Direction
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I've known these guys for quite a while now and I must say theyve really come a long way! They are such amazing people and amazing musicians! And this is obvious on their newest release "Follow Me" Ive had this cd in my cd player constantly since i purchased it! I cant wait for their upcoming release "Simple Man" in April 05! Anyone who hasnt heard these guys definitely needs to check them out you will be blown away!
This second CD from The Chapmans just blew me away. The harmonies can be compared to the ones of County superstars Rascal Flatts. I've seen them preform a number of times now and I've been know to drive long distances to see them. They are one of the best bluegrass bands out there and in my opinion they are not getting the recognition that they deserve. They have a new CD (Simple Man)coming out shortly that will surely give them more recognition and several awards which they deserve!
These guys are fantastic. I heard their album with a friend, bought my own, and then when to see them when they were in Houston, Tx. They were sooooo good. I bought another album of theirs, and we never get tired of listening. My grandkids know all the words to Simple Man, and are learning Follow Me. I totally recommend these albums, even to people who don't think they will like Bluegrass. They just might change your mind.