Hey radio friends,
Steven Curtis Chapman here. I have a special project and song I wanted to share with you. Almost 20 years ago I released a song called “Dive” on a project called Speechless. I was grateful to have great success with that song and that album…the album even won a Grammy. Well, I’ve just recorded a very different “remake” of that song and if you know my story at all this new version will make sense. But if not, let me tell you a bit of my history.
My earliest memories of growing up in Paducah, Kentucky, are woven together with the sound of bluegrass and folk music. 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 eight 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 planted the seeds that would grow and become the “fruit” of so many of the songs I’ve written and recorded over the years.
Fast-forward 30ish years later (I started my career at 11 for those wondering) ☺. I was playing the Grand Ole Opry one night recently with some world class Bluegrass pickin’ buddies of mine and decided to do a Bluegrass cover of my song “Dive”. It was pretty magical and I knew I had to try to capture that magic on a recording.
So, here we are, back where it started, with a banjo, dobro, fiddle and some bluegrass. When I decided to re-record “Dive” I realized I had to try to get my Bluegrass hero, Ricky Skaggs, to join me on the track. I was so grateful that he obliged!
So with that background I give you “Dive”…Bluegrass style! I sure hope you enjoy the track and the record. Would love to meet you down the road somewhere!
All the best,
Steven Curtis Chapman