Steven Curtis Chapman, is honoring his rural Kentucky heritage as he announces Deeper Roots: Where The Bluegrass Grows available on all music platforms March 22.
My earliest memories of growing up in Paducah, KY are woven together with the sound of bluegrass and folk music, with my dad on guitar and his good buddies, Scotty Henson on the banjo and Jack Curtis Martin (which is where my middle name came from) on the dobro. I loved that sound and couldn’t wait to learn to play the guitar and join in!By the time I was 8 years old I was playing and singing in church with my dad Herb Sr., brother Herb Jr. and my mom Judy. I loved the sound of our voices harmonizing together. The hymns and “Gospel songs” we sang together, filled with theology (even before I had ever heard that word) and truth about God’s grace and love, planted the seeds that would grow and become the “fruit” of so many of the songs I’ve written and recorded over the years.
So, a few years ago I had the opportunity to record a Bluegrass album called Deep Roots and honor this important part of my story. I loved it so much that I wanted to do it again. And here you have it…Deeper Roots: Where the Bluegrass Grows, a 13-track collection featuring a mixture of familiar hymns like “Life Is Like A Mountain Railroad” and “I’ll Fly Away,” fan-favorite hits including “Cinderella” and brand-new songs such as “Where The Bluegrass Grows” and “‘Til The Blue” as well as performances by my bluegrass hero, Ricky Skaggs, my good friend and incredible singer Gary LeVox (of Rascal Flatts), my son Caleb Chapman, and my daughter-in-law Jillian Edwards Chapman.