Cutie Pie video from Ken Chapple

chappleKen Chapple, a singer, songwriter and flatpick guitarist in the fertile musical region around Asheville, NC, has released a debut project of his music. Called Crossing The Black, it includes ten new songs performed with contemporary bluegrass accompaniment.

Chapple has a pleasant voice and writes clever songs. West coast grassers may recall him from several years with Portland’s Wayward Vessel.

The album was recorded prior to Ken’s recent move to western North Carolina, with assistance from Lex Browning on fiddle, Peter Schwimmer on banjo, Martin Stevens on mandolin, Rob Wright on bass, and Julie Schmidt on harmony vocals.

To introduce himself to the national bluegrass audience, Ken has put together this music video of the record’s opening track, Cutie Pie, written for his 3 year old daughter, Ruth. From the title and the topic you might expect a light and happy number, but the mood is a bit more somber than that.


Ken reports that little Ruth loves the song, and demands that they play it every day! Sounds like he has a major hit with the 3-5 year old set.

Radio programmers can download the tracks from Crossing The Black now from Airplay Direct.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.