Guided by the honky-tonk influence of Roger Miller, genre-blending enterprises of The Grateful Dead and the iconic songwriting of Guy Clark, Ben Chapman pairs groove-driven music with compelling, pitchy lyrics, offering his own effervescent take on Saturday night honky-tonk music.
From north Georgia, Ben’s old soul and audiophilic tendencies have conducted his journey to Nashville, directing him from self-taught guitar lessons, through various gigs at the VFW and other cool little bars, to recently signing a publishing deal with hit-songwriter Hillary Lindsey’s (Dierks Bentley, Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert) Hang Your Hat Music, a creative joint venture with Concord Music. It was here he met his publisher turned producer Jake Gear (Hailey Whitters, Flatland Calvary) whose initial belief in him as a writer proved to be well-founded with Chapman having established co-writer credit on all 13 tracks off his forthcoming debut album as well as landing cuts with other artists including Drake White, Davisson Brothers, Robert Randolph, Erin Enderlin, and more.
Following the release of Ben’s debut single “Hippie Speedball” which “exhibits not only his strength as a candid storyteller but also his poise as a quickly emerging artist” (American Songwriter) Ben found himself on tour with The Marshall Tucker Band and Drake White following a handful of dates opening shows for fast-rising country, americana band Flatland Calvary. Coming into 2022 Chapman launched a year-long residency at The Basement called Peach Jam – a show hosted by Ben Chapman & Company on the 2nd Wednesday of every month featuring special guests from the community like Brent Cobb, Drake White, Lainey Wilson, and other impromptu jam guests like Daniel Donato. Released March 9th, Chapman’s debut record Make The Night Better was christened by a sold-out Peach Jam followed by a sold-out hometown album release show at Songbirds Foundation in Chattanooga, TN. With every impression, Ben’s music continues to find a reactive audience at live shows and on playlists including Spotify’s Indigo and Apple Music’s New Music Daily, Country Roads, New in Country, and Country Risers garnering 450k+ streams as well as radio play on WMOT’s Roots Radio Local Brew hour and Wired In series.