had an art college education and on a rainy night in
1966 I went into a pub in Cornwall, but I couldn't afford
to pay to go in. So I said, I'll tell you what, I don't
want to stay outside in the rain, I'll play guitar for
half an hour for you. They offered me a job for the
rest of the summer and I've been at it ever since."
Chapman was never just a singer-songwriter - his gritty
brand of guitar based songs span folk, ragtime, jazz
and blues... it's on the tracks which feature Chapman's
magnificently bleary vocals that this album really scores.
Hell To Pay and Only Pretend are outstanding tracks,
that world-weary voice singing words of bitter experience.
man is so laid back that he makes JJ Cale sound like
he's on helium."