Southern Sounds

Video Premiere: Marshall Chapman’s “I Don’t Want Nobody”

By Jed PortmanJune 25, 2013

Spartanburg, South Carolina, native Marshall Chapman says that she might well have become a run-of-the-mill Southern debutante if her family’s maid had not taken her to see Elvis Presley in 1956. More than half a century later, the 64-year-old singer-songwriter, who is also a Garden & Gun contributing editor, is still banging out primal blues and rough-edged rock and roll that could make the King blush.

Stocked with torch-burning love songs and meditations on mortality, Blaze of Glory is a record that speaks to decades of struggle and redemption. “I woke up at 40 in a treatment center like, what do I do now?” she says. “Now I’m 64, and it’s the best. Every day you wake up, you’ve won.”

Over the past several years, questions about her marriage—spurred, she says, by “too many trips to Mexico”—gave way to a passionate reconciliation that inspired songs like “I Don’t Want Nobody,” for which Chapman recorded her first-ever music video. Watch the video below, and click here to buy the album.


Marshall Chapman "I Don't Want Nobody" (Official Video) from Price Harrison on Vimeo.