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Still Life

by Amee Chapman

Think dusty sun faded wood bars in towns that saw better days but hold a stronger character from the aged grandeur.-Gordon Bell, Ripping Tracks
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. Tattoo Cowboy
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2. Smoke Screen
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3. Sunday Eyes
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4. Ounce of Nerve
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5. Seaward Jack
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6. Softest Spots
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7. Draw Me Back
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8. Still Life of a Man
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9. Wishing Well
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10. Paperback War
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Amee Chapman has spent her life in Northern California, the daughter of prison workers. Having picked up her first guitar during the 5th grade, Amee found herself falling in to the rhythms of a musician's life easily and early. Over the course of the next 20 years, she would find herself taking up home on a fishing boat in Moss Landing, in a double wide on a pumpkin patch and on the isolated ridge of a goat farm.

With a voice that conveys both the brutal honesty of a changing California and the tender footed sweetness of its past, Amee Chapman maintains a meandering love affair with the roots of American music and with the oft times bitter realities of rural soul. Influenced by the likes of Lucinda Williams, Esther Phillips, and Jeff Tweedy, her singing, songwriting and guitar playing reflect the images of the average and eccentric: lonesome highway phone booths, sea faring whiskey rebels, city wise angeled outlaws and suicidal tattooed cowboys, all of them pent up together on a stretch of land between the past and the present.

Amee has spent the years pedaling her musical wares in front of the audiences of former Be Good Tanya, Jolie Holland as well as Michelle Malone, Caroline Aiken, Kristen Hall and Vonda Shepard. She was chosen as a finalist in the '98 Lilith Fair competition, in the '98 Sierra Songwriters Festival and as a showcase at the 2001and 2003 Nashville New Music Conferences. Currently, Amee performs up and down the West Coast, at clubs in L.A.(Tangiers, Hotel Café), San Francisco (Café Du Nord, Starry Plough, Make Out Room, Hemlock's) Sacramento (Blue Lamp, Fox and Goose) and on the Coast (Henflings, & Kuumbwa in Santa Cruz, SLO Brewing Co.).

Attracted to the aliveness of vinyl and analog, Amee chose to record her 3rd release, Still Life, which was released late October 2004, with producer and engineer Desmond Shea (Chuck Prophet, Kelley Stoltz, Court and Spark, Virgil Shaw) of San Francisco. Collaborating with co-writer Nichole Robbins, the album is a collection of stories, of people met and conversations overheard, of melancholy and tenderness. The album features backing vocals by Jolie Holland and is supported by a San Francisco All Star band of John Hofer (Mother Hips, Persephonees Bees), Marc Capelle (American Music Club, Virgil Shaw), Rob Douglas (Chuck Prophet), Tony Mattioli (Stolen Bibles) and Jeffery Luck Lucas (Galveston).



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Martin van de Vrugt

Not much else comes close... Beautiful!
I came across Amee here on the internet. It doesn't happen very often that you almost fall from you chair when you hear the first notes. Amee did this to me. It immediately made me greedy, I had to have this album! Quickly! Now some weeks later her cd is still in my player. In fact it hasn't been out... Great songs, beautifully recorded warm pure sounding trip into Amee's mind! This is what music is all about. Great job Amee (& friends)!

hans jansen

great album
great album, really great voice, fantastic songs, beautiful atmosphere, good arangements, saw the album at miles of music and heard it here.
i'am going to order right now, this album is going to give me much pleasure.
greetings from holland.

Big D

Oh Amee, Thanks so much
Amee is such a great singer! I love this album. Your music touches me where it hurts so good. I feel like we spend every day together. It's not just the music talkin. Your smile and your soothing tones makes the daily grind almost seem like free time. Gimme some more! -Big D


Some heart-moving songs sung by a soulfoul woman with a beautiful voice.
I actually heard Aimee on KVMR and fell in love with the last song on the CD--had to have it! Love her voice and her songs are thoughtful, reflecting real challenges for real people from a wide range of experience. Piano and guitars make the music really easy to listen to--well done, Aimee!

Jason Roberts

Still Life, is a collection of beautiful, intimate sketches that tell tales of t
Amee Chapman is a Northern California native steeped in the roots of American music. Her third release, Still Life, is a collection of beautiful, intimate sketches that tell tales of the lonely and wounded. These songs--co-written with Nichole Robbins and backed by a bevy of San Francisco musicians, including Mother Hips’ John Hofer and vocalist Jolie Holland--showcase Chapman’s versatile songwriting vision. She moves from the country waltz of “Softest Spots” and the quiet violin melodies of “Seaward Jack” to the Sheryl Crow sounds of “Tattoo Cowboy.” But it’s songs like “Still Life of a Man”--with its subtly abrasive, ambient Wilco-esque background--and the simple Mazzy Star-styled guitar lines of “Wishing Well” that show Chapman’s willingness to break from the traditional folksinger mold.