BILLY CHAPMAN BAND Rosalea’s Dream Self-released; 2011 “I think I should go out and start to miss this place again,” sings Billy Chapman on “I Looked Into,” a track from his band’s latest album, Rosalea’s Dream. “‘Cause when I’m here,” he reasons, “all I can think of is everywhere/And when I’m gone, all I can think of is you.” It’s nice lyric taken on it’s own but in the context of the other eight tracks here, it’s also an apt summation of how many beachside residents must feel during the crowded spring season. Chapman, a skilled guitarist and powerful vocalist, guides the inspiring Rosalea’s Dream through some blistering, Pearl Jammish rock (“Strangers;” “Fall In Love;” “Solitary Man”) and jaunty, McCartney-worthy ruminations (“Back in the Days,” “In the Moonlight,” and the catchy singalong “Pieces”), while making a soothing stop in island territory with the loosely jangling “Scattered Man.” Though Chapman could easily hold your attention by his lonesome, drummer Scott McCune and bassist Dave Clark provide some tight backing throughout, giving Rosalea’s Dream just the right amount of depth and percolating power to keep you coming back for more. Chapman himself, however, shows some accomplished songwriting here, and Rosalea’s Dream is the latest culmination of 25 years of performing and honing his craft. With songs like these, it’s no wonder Chapman and his band enjoy such a strong local following. They capture the feelings many of us wish we could express as affectingly. Hear song samples of Rosalea’s Dream at: www.billychapman.com. Catch Chapman performing solo at Doubles Beachside (1896 S. Patrick Dr., Indian Harbour Beach) on May 6 and 27 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. The Billy Chapman Band perform live at the Sports Page (220 N. A1A, Satellite Beach) on Sunday, May 22.
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