Updated January 2013
2012 was a wonderful year in the land of Casey J. Chapman musically speaking! I got to spend all of it playing music in two duos at all sorts of different places and events.
It was late 2011 when I began playing with Maurizio, who i’d known for years and shared plenty of stages with, but somehow never actually collaborated with. We spent the year developing our musical repertoire as a duo and working out some killer harmonies and collaborations. There are always rough areas to work through and ways to improve, which we continue to do. As a duo that’s only a year old, we are still refining our vision of what our collaboration means and is and where it might lead. Here’s one thing we know for sure: our voices sound pretty darn good together, and listeners across the area have tended to agree!
2013 is off to a good start in that we’re putting together some solid arrangements for a number of songs, lining up gigs at venues new and old for the upcoming year, and planning to finally record some of the things we’ve been sharing with folks live for the last 13 months.
Oh yeah, the fabulous Joel Patterson made us these two videos from our performance at Footsy Magoo’s in Troy, NY over the summer:
One Lane Underpasses:
California Stars was written by Woody Guthrie and put to music by Wilco on the album Mermaid Avenue. Our version has become one of our signature songs, and a frequent show-closer. One Lane Underpasses is an original song of mine inspired by a guitar riff Maurizio showed me one night at Caffe Lena in Saratoga a few months before we started playing together. It’s variously been known as “The pissed off song” and “The song where Casey lets loose.” Maurizio has two different guitar parts for One Lane Underpasses. . .so if you want to hear the other one, you’ll just have to come see us live!
(More about Solarfest, The Chapmans, tambourine and kazoo, super-fantastic musician friends and adventures in recording next time!)