Marshall Chapman Offers New Book, Music This Fall

It’s going to be a busy fall for songwriter and author Marshall Chapman, who is releasing a new book, new album and has a part in the upcoming film Country Strong.

Her latest book, They Came To Nashville, includes her remembrances and interviews with 15 musical luminaries, ranging from icons Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson, to newer faces like Miranda Lambert. Also included in the discussion about moving to Nashville are interviews with Bobby Braddock, Mary Gauthier, Gary Nicholson, Emmylou Harris, Terri Clark, Rodney Crowell, Don Henry, Beth Nielsen Chapman, John Hiatt, Eddie Angel, Ashley Cleveland, and Bobby Bare. Read an excerpt here.

Coming in October is her new album, Big Lonesome, and her book via Vanderbilt University Press and the Country Music Foundation Press. It is the follow-up to her first book, Goodbye, Little Rock and Roller, which was well received by peers and critics.

Marshall Chapman and Gwyneth Paltrow at the wrap party for "Country Strong."

Among other exciting news on the horizon for Chapman is her role as Gwyneth Paltrow’s character’s road manager in the upcoming film Country Strong. Also, Chapman and fellow hitmaker Matraca Berg composed music for the play Good Ol Girls, which just ended a successful New York run and will be going on the road.

Chapman’s songs have been recorded by Jimmy Buffett, Wynonna, Olivia Newton-John and many more.

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