Articles and Interviews
Calling from just north of Little Rock, Ark., Jeremy Chapman - mandolin player and lead/harmony vocalist for The Chapmans - is driving home with his bluegrass brethren to Springfield, Mo. to teach a few musical lessons. You would think after two successful albums and an Emerging Artist of the Year award from the International Bluegrass Music Association (2002), The Chapmans wouldn't have to hold down day jobs anymore. "We enjoy it, and it's a little extra money for car payments and stuff like that," says Jeremy, who currently teaches approximately 11 students. ...
The revival of bluegrass music that blossomed in the early 1980's wasn't just about young bands striving to keep the traditional sound and songs of the genre alive. New bands sprouted up across the country stocked with phenomenal musicians who, while well schooled in the Monroe and Stanley styles, were also determined to place their own, contemporary stamp on bluegrass. Far from the East Coast festival scene, two of the most influential bands among this new breed took root in the Denver area. ...