Musical Artist Gary Chapman Aka Johnny Bitcoin Talks About Homage to Paycheck, Take This Jab and Shove It

Nov 13, 2022

Live from Music Row, Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed legendary Christian music country artist, Gary Chapman in studio to talk about his highly censored song, Take This Jab and Shove It.

Leahy: In studio with us, Gary Chapman. Gary, now you know the rest of the story of how all this happened here. You played a big role in this because you influenced my wife and I’s decision to move to Nashville, Tennessee.

Chapman: You would think the tourism board would owe me a little cash.

Leahy: There you go. (Chapman chuckles) But you’ve probably heard a lot of that. Of all your songs, Tender Tennessee Christmas has probably got to be one of the biggest ones, right?

Chapman: It is. Historically. It’s just been recorded an awful lot of times. It’s pretty much in the culture, at least in this part of the world.

Carmichael: Every Christmas do sales bump up?

Chapman: Sure.

Carmichael: Isn’t that neat?

Leahy: And you get a check.

Chapman: Do you know Jason Crab, the singer? Incredible singer. He just cut it, oh, I think a couple of weeks ago. And I think he’s got it out as a single.

Leahy: And so every time somebody cuts it and you get a chunk of those sales, right?

Chapman: Oh, yeah. You still get mailbox money.

Leahy: That’s a great way to live, isn’t it? To have created…

Chapman: It used to be.

Leahy: It used to be.

Carmichael: We were talking during the break about how the music business has changed over the years and how it’s changing now.

Leahy: We’re going to get to that. But before we get to that, Crom, Gary has a new song out.

Chapman: It’s relatively new. It’s a year old.

Leahy: But it’s new to me. And we actually, through the miracle of modern technology, have a little clip of it. Take This Jab and Shove It. (Take This Jab and Shove It plays)

Leahy: I’m smiling. (Laughter) So Gary, what inspired you to write Take This Jab and Shove It?

Chapman: I got a text one morning. It’s been a year ago. I cut this thing a year ago, and I’ve never had anything that I have done to get more pushback than this song.

Leahy: Really?

Chapman: Oh, yeah. I was the enemy as far as the prevailing narrative was because I was saying, hang on a minute. I’ve had COVID and I’m okay. I’m not worried about it. And a lot of this seems like lies to me. And so a buddy of mine texted me the title. He texted me the title. I texted him back.

He said, listen, have you sent this to anybody else in this town? I know how this works, and anybody with half a brain can write this song. And he said, no. I said, well, then don’t. I wrote it that day, recorded it the next day, and did the video two days later.

Carmichael: So that’s you singing it also.

Chapman: That’s me under the name Johnny Bitcoin.

Carmichael: That’s funny.

Chapman: Because the original Take This Job and Shove It was an old friend Johnny Paycheck, may he rest in peace.

Leahy: The late, great Johnny Paycheck. Wrote from a stucco bathtub, right until the end of his life. And you know what? He found the Lord, and he softened up and became the sweetest man. And so a little homage to him, I modernized his name to Bitcoin and did it under that name.

Leahy: So funny. And it did well, right?

Chapman: No, it got hammered. It got choked everywhere. Every social media, there’s been one radio station that played it. Michael Barry’s show played it.

Leahy: Oh, Michael, Barry.

Chapman: Because he’s fearless.

Leahy: Well, he’s right here on Yahoo. 98.5 and 1510.

Chapman: Absolutely.

Leahy: He’s a Houston guy, Texas guy.

Chapman: He is. And he played it and gave us a nice little shout-out. It’s just been an uphill battle. But the more that information is coming out, turns out maybe I wasn’t quite as crazy as it would have appeared. And, yeah, I think it’s turned into a little song that could.

Listen to today’s show highlights, including this interview:

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Tune in weekdays from 5:00 – 8:00 a.m. to The Tennessee Star Reporwith Michael Patrick Leahy on Talk Radio 98.3 FM WLAC 1510. Listen online at iHeart Radio.
Photo “Gary Chapman” by Gary Chapman Singer/Songwriter.


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