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Russ Chapman


Happy Place

When Russ Chapman says, ‘I never metaphor I didn’t like,’ you can take him at his word. After all, it was on the strength of his lyrical wit and stage presence that garnered Mr. Chapman the 2017 Telluride Emerging Blues Artist award:

Of course, winning awards is not what music is really about. Music is about connection- performer and audience. And when you combine the originality of his songs, down-home foot stomp and uncanny mouth-trumpet, with his unique delivery and friendly vibe- you’ll see that connection. Audiences of all ages seem to find a happy place in his music, and for Russ Chapman, that’s what it’s all about.

Short Promo: The 2017 winner of Telluride’s Emerging Blues Artist award, Russ Chapman stomps and sings an entertaining blend of New Orleans infused folk blues. With a sharp lyrical wit, a down-home guitar style and an uncanny mouth trumpet, Mr. Chapman delivers songs that make you feel a bit better about the world.

Promo one-liner: With lyrical wit, a down-home stomp and an uncanny mouth-trumpet, Russ Chapman sings original New Orleans infused folk-blues.


Gondola Sessions

TEDx Bozeman

Telluride Blues

Little Bitty Baby




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Bozeman, MT

Note from Russ:

For the past many years, I’ve played venues both large and small to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.  From Festivals and Concerts to Backyard Birthdays and Correctional Facilities- I’ll play anywhere there are people who like good original music.

Sample list of venues:

  • FESTIVALS: Palisade Bluegrass, Telluride Blues and Brews, Lake City Wine and Music, Snowbird Mountain Music, Paonia Mountain Harvest, Fourth of July Cherry Days, Glenwood Springs Strawberry Days, Yellowstone Music, Crested Butte Arts, Dolores River, Tucson Folk, Marble Music…
  • THEATRES: Milligan College, Paradise of Paonia, Corning Museum, Butte Opera House, TEDx Bozeman, Buffalo Black Box, The Renaissance Center…
  • BREWERIES- too many to even remember!

© Russ Chapman