The Chapmans have been playing, singing and recording bluegrass as a family for more than 20 years. Brothers John, Jeremy and Jason, along with their dad, Bill, have been on the scene since the boys were youngsters, and they have four albums currently available.
But we haven’t heard much from them since the release of their last record, Grown Up, in 2010. So what has this mischievous clan been up to of late?
It turns out that the brothers have been in the process of opening a retail music store, The Acoustic Shoppe, near their homes in Springfield, MO. It’s a partnership between Jason, Jeremy and John, and a friend, of theirs Gene Hoke.
Jeremy said that the past few months have involved building out the store, but that they are now open for business.
“We’re carrying new, used and consignment acoustic instruments (mandolin, guitar, banjo, fiddle, resophonic guitar, bass), accessories, tuners, picks, strings, etc. in a Chapmans-themed shop with photo’s and posters of us throughout the years – even the Chap-TV set in the corner.
Besides the retail side of it, we’ll be doing regular jam sessions, concerts and workshops. Right now we’re getting the local shop up and running, but plan to have a website with all our inventory for mail order soon.
We are also doing minor repairs, as well as set up work in our workshop at the store.”
The band is also gearing back up now that The Acoustic Shoppe is up and running. Work has begun on a new album, and touring for The Chapmans starts again in March.
Jeremy promised more details on the record soon.