Chapman's fiddling ' he won the Colorado statewide junior division championship as a teenager ' inspired the rest of his family. His dad Bill started playing banjo, and his brothers Jeremy and Jason took up mandolin and bass. Now John's switched to guitar and sings more, and the Chapman family has become one of bluegrass' most formidable ensembles. They've earned accolades including the 1998 International Bluegrass Band Championship and the 2002 Emerging Artist of the Year Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association.
The band's first performance in Lafayette was last May, and its next gig on May 6 will kick off the musical season for the South Louisiana Bluegrass Association that runs through October. The Chapmans' fourth and latest CD, Simple Man, showcases the quartet's abilities to weave in and out of the traditional bluegrass sound ' full of haunting high and lonesome harmonies ' with a contemporary feel that would be a welcome addition to any modern country radio station.
"They have tremendous musicianship," Springer says. "Their ear for nuance on both instruments and vocals impressed me right away, and they've developed that even further over the last few years. They have a really great feel for how to make bluegrass interesting and exciting, to have a traditional bluegrass sound that's unmistakably bluegrass, but very nuanced. They do some great three-part harmonies, and their voices blend just beautifully. You can't really tell where one voice stops and another starts."
The Chapmans will perform at Acadian Village May 6, with the Louisiana Purchase Bluegrass Band opening the show. South Louisiana Bluegrass Association events are held the first Saturday of every month through October. Gates openÂ atÂ 3 p.m. for informal jam sessions. Shows start at 7 p.m. Admission for SLBA members is $7, $12 for nonmembers, and children 12 and under are admitted free. Campsites with hookups are also available; call 981-2364 for reservations. For more info about the South Louisiana Bluegrass Association, visit www.southlouisianabluegrass.org.
Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
C & C Technologies, HIT Fitness, R3 Sciences, the Acadiana Symphony Association and the United Way of Acadiana recognized for innovation.
“The accomplishment of this goal within the next ten years is not only critical for the region to effectively compete with other regions for residents and businesses, but also to provide an amenity for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy.”
Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra has decided to end its traditional Independence Day spectacular known as Red White & Boom.
Under the deal, Teche shareholders would get 1.162 shares of IberiaBank for each share of Teche stock.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday, April 17, 2014:
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Dave Perkins, LCG Comp Plan honored along with local architects and designers at the 2014 INDesign Awards
Greg Manuel’s Lafayette-based residential development company is taking advantage of exponential industrial growth in Lake Charles.
Longtime Lafayette retailer ventures online.
It’s not how aggressive or conservative you are — it’s planning for risk that matters most.
Thanks to cutting-edge digital technology, more and more consumers are banking on ATMs and mobile phones.
Regional bank bids farewell to Downtown May 30
ABiz takes a look back at the most noteworthy moments for the local banking industry over the last year.
Most experts say short-term interest rates will be unchanged through 2014, but long-term rates are inching up.
Largest recruitment event in Acadiana returns May 21 to the Cajundome Convention Center
A lawyer’s ad should only be a starting point, as there is much more to consider when seeking quality representation.
Thanks to the inaugural 2012 INNOV8, a design for lifting heavy objects was brought to market.
The annual juried competition recognizes excellence in architecture, interior design and historic preservation in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
Cypress Bayou GM hosts open house.
New hires, promotions, transfers in Acadiana business
The scion of a landmark Four Corners restaurant climbs back into Lafayette’s culinary scene as franchisee for a popular burger chain.
The Lafayette City-Parish Council on Tuesday will vote on a resolution that if approved would clear the way for a December ballot proposition asking voters to approve a 1-cent sales tax parishwide to help fund the construction of a new terminal at Lafayette Regional Airport.