A fox hunt on Sunday is an ancient tradition that still finds expression in Nebraska where Chip Davis lives. As Chip explains in this clip, participants donned in ‘pinks’ and riding boots are gathered together by the melodic call of French horns. Learn more about the inspiration behind this Fresh Aire 7 tune in this…Details
Hopping in from the trees surrounding Chip’s Raven Oaks home, a cricket had gotten itself trapped beneath a wicker plant stand. The rhythmically even sound it produced inspired Chip to grab a microphone, record the beat and use it as the basis for a new musical track on Fresh Aire III. Click play to listen…Details
Obviously, we don’t have an ocean in Nebraska, but we do have an equally beautiful sky. Listen to Chip describe the inspiration and story behind Fresh Aire III’s “The Sky” in this short video clip.
Toccatas, which mean “quickly moving fingers on the keyboard” are usually played on an organ. Listen to Chip describe how he wrote a toccata on a sequencer with a synthesizer as a tribute to one of his favorite composers, Johann Sebastian Bach.
As it is with many Mannheim Steamroller fans, Christmas is one of Chip’s favorite times of the year. Discover the meaning and inspiration behind his original Christmas Carol, “Traditions of Christmas” and the traditions that inspired this soft Christmas lullaby in this short video clip.
Originally found on Fresh Aire II, “Velvet Tear” is an expression of sorrow over the loss of someone close. Watch Chip explain the backstory behind this moving song.
Mannheim Steamroller 30/40, the group’s newest album, will be released nationwide October 21. The aptly named album celebrates the 30th anniversary of Chip’s first Christmas record and the 40th anniversary of the first release in his Fresh Aire series. “This album is special to me in many ways,” says Chip. “In addition to providing an opportunity to reflect on a lifetime of…Details
Remember the days of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and other “Rat Pack” crooners? Two Mannheim Steamroller band members, Johnny Adams and Ron Cooley, have captured the swinging and ultra-cool sounds of that era with their new album, Lucky 13 – Rat Pack Jazz. You’ll sway and sing to songs as “That’s Life”, “Fly Me To…Details
A few years back, Sylvania, Ohio, the town in which Louis “Chip” Davis, Jr. grew up, honored him by declaring September 14 as “Chip Davis Day.” The celebration was held at Northview High School, which Chip graduated from in 1965, only then it was called Sylvania High School. The real honor for Chip though, was…Details
“When I was growing up in a small Midwestern town, it was a big deal when my grandfather took me out to look at the stars and planets on a clear night,” says Chip. “ We did that often and I’ve been fascinated with our universe since then.” Today Chip is bringing that fascination to…Details
This Christmas is a special one for Mannheim Steamroller. We’re celebrating 30 years of show-stopping Christmas tours and the 30th Anniversary of Chip’s first Christmas record! It’s also 40 years since Mannheim Steamroller released its first Fresh Aire album, skyrocketing Chip and the band to fame. Today we have more than 40 million albums sold…Details
Want to take a step back in time? Watch this music video created for “The 7 Metals of Alchemy” on Fresh Aire 7. See synthesizers move independently and children transform into adults while they enjoy a magical journey into a sorcerer’s lair. Watch until the end to discover a familiar identity behind the mystical sorcerer.
Chip joined Omaha native and famed film director Alexander Payne at a recent fundraiser for a historic theater in Omaha. Payne is the recipient of several Oscar, Golden Globe, and other awards including Best Writing, Best Screenplay and Best Director; his work has also been nominated in the Best Picture category. Payne’s filmography includes The…Details
Lucky 13 — Rat Pack Jazz, a new CD release from long-time Mannheim Steamroller band members Johnny Adams and Ron Cooley, has been characterized as “Music From The Golden Age of Sound”. We’re proud to now offer this unique release from two of our “Friends of the Family”Details
Chip recently met Benghazi hero Kris “Tanto” Paronto while he was taking a break back here in Omaha from his busy speaking circuit. The story of Kris and his team members was told in the book and movie, “13 Hours”, an account of the attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi. During their visit,…Details