[Milestone Treat: The Michael Chapman Birthday Celebration] – Plaindealer

Milestone Treat - A Michael Chapman Celebration
2005 saw the release of Chapman’s new album in his own label Rural Retreat.
The album, Plaindealer, is another set of songs, a more solid production, nothing flashy, just good songs and fellow musicians to play them. The album is sold only in Chapman’s gigs and in his online webstore.
Michael Chapman - Plaindealer

The opening Streamline Train, a dynamic acoustic guitar, drums and bass, posses the mood of, well, a train.
The guitar sound is beautiful, crystal high end like Chapman likes it. The adult contemporary ballad Where Does It Leaves Me, is really beautiful and features a long time friend – Rod Clements, who plays Dobro.This is their first collaboration after 25 years.

Anniversary is a song Michael discovered after digging in some live recordings from club gigs he made, and that was recorded for this album. A powerful vocal performance and a nice arrangements makes this 10:30 minutes song to be my fav in this album.
Deportees brings back that Memphis arrangement of Don Nix‘s production, with a soaring lap steel guitar and backing vocals, while Three Sisters is another Chapman instrumental beauty. The guitar sound is just breathtaking.

Altogether, this is a solid set of songs, that captures the veteran musician in top shape as always, and I love the fact his voice became soar. It adds to his transformation into Johnny Cash.

Michael Chapman – Streamline Train
Michael Chapman – Deportees

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