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Michael Chapman

A former art and photography teacher, Michael Chapman emerged from the folk scene in Yorkshire, England, gaining a reputation as one of England's finest original singer/songwriters. A deal with the fledgling Harvest label (EMI's "underground" boutique) led to the release of Rainmaker in 1969. The album featured the support of Rick Kemp (who went on to provide bass for Chapman for many years) and Danny Thompson. Window followed in short order, with Fully Qualified Survivor completing a debut triptych that sent waves of critical appreciation through the music industry, with influential BBC disc jockey John Peel supporting Chapman whenever possible. Sales, however, did not match the critical acclaim for Chapman's work, leaving Fully Qualified Survivor as a high point, with "Postcards of Scarborough" generally being the one cut most often remembered when Chapman is discussed.

After the release of Wrecked Again, Chapman parted company with Harvest, choosing to sign to Decca's Deram subsidiary, where he altered course somewhat, adding electric guitar and harder rhythms to his work. The first result, Millstone Grit, is a somewhat confused affair, with Chapman's trademark gloomy writing mixed with a couple of lively instrumentals, some almost experimental work, and the country-styled "Expressway in the Rain." Deal Gone Down, more coherent, and Pleasures of the Street, a live set, followed. Don Nix produced Savage Amusement, which reworked a couple of earlier songs; the album's title would be used in the mid-'80s for a band featuring Chapman and Kemp.

Chapman's Decca deal ended in 1977, and he began an association with Criminal Records the following year; both labels released versions of The Man Who Hated Mornings. Chapman then turned his hand to the release of a guitar instruction record entitled Playing Guitar the Easy Way in 1978. He continued to gig and record consistently, varying styles and sounds, sometimes working with a full group, more often working with Kemp alone. After the release of Heartbeat in 1987, Chapman experimented with self-released albums, and as of the 1997 release of Dreaming Out Loud, he was issuing albums at the rate of one every two years, continuing to attract high praise, if not great sales.

Chapman's prolific release schedule continued unabated in the 21st century with both song-based and instrumental albums as well as numerous reissues of his catalog by various labels.

The first notable entry in the new millennium was the instrumental offering Americana in 2000, which showcased his fascination with and mastery of Southern blues, folk, and ragtime jazz styles. It was followed by a second collection -- this one with masterful slide entries as well -- entitled Americana II in 2002. 2005's self-released Plaindealer featured the guitarist playing solo or in small groups, performing original songs and folk standards. It was later reissued by Honest Jon's. In 2006, Chapman toured with the No-Neck Blues Band and Jack Rose. Drenched in acid folk and free improvisation, he returned to England inspired and recorded the double-disc Words Fail Me, done completely solo on acoustic and electric guitars. He ripped through utterly re-arranged older songs as well as brave new compositions in a 100-minute, live-in-the-studio performance with no over dubs.

On 2007's The Wedding Band, Chapman returned to all-electric guitar; it was his first digitally recorded offering, while 2008's Sweet Powder was drenched in sounds that reflected the blues, folk, and modern country music the guitarist loved, from R.L. Burnside to Steve Eagles to Neil Young, and more.

The ambitious Wry Tree Drift was issued in 2010. Named after an old mine near his farm, he played both electric and acoustic guitars, and engaged in performing folk ballads, languid instrumental dubs, dark electric blues, and solo guitar workouts. In 2011, Chapman released the instrumental double-set Train Song: Guitar Compositions, 1967-2010, that featured all newly recorded material. Later in the year the guitarist issued his most expansive and controversial album, The Resurrection and Revenge of the Clayton Peacock (titled after a track on John Fahey's 1965 offering The Transfiguration of Blind Joe Death). It featured two side-long improvisations involving drones, delay, and loop effects. It was issued by Blast First Petite as the first part of a trilogy. Its second part, Pachyderm, was released in 2012, followed by Polarbears. The same year, a tribute album entitled Oh Michael, Look What You've Done: Friends Play Michael Chapman was released by Tompkins Square and featured performances from Hiss Golden Messenger, Meg Baird, Black Twig Piers, Maddy Prior, and more. ~ Steven McDonald and Thom Jurek, Rovi
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He was born 24 Jan 1941 , his 73rd birthday is friday he's alive and hopefully well...
Can't be...he wouldve been 1 year old recording his first album ???
Looks like Michael died in 2010 at 43. What a talent and what a terrible shame.
laskiblue
Lovely tune. I would like to have it as part of a personal soundtrack for trail riding my horse through the woods.
nice........ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
What a wonderful surprise. White house by Michael Chapman is well received. Thanks pandora.
Thank you Pandora for the intro to Michael Chapman, I MUST get this album Americana.. Divine!!
first heard Michael Chapman on a sunny afternoon in the plant filled apartment of a guy who moved to Ohio for college and could only pack 10 albums to bring with him. was so impressed i bought all the chapman i could find -- at a peaches records store in columbus.
White House is the most beautiful piece of music I've ever heard
kmay63
Nice music....I'm enjoying this station immensely
Another acoustic solo guy Pandora has introduced me to. I really thought I knew who all the good ones were! There are a lot of them out there now. It's really nice tp hear guys sticking to melody and structure and not just throwing off a bunch of whacking and slapping. Please ya'll! That's been going on since Mike Hedges 20 years ago, yet I'm amazed that since August Rush came out, people think the style was invented by YouTube. There are new guys doing it well, like Andy McKee, but there are a

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