Grayson capps wail and ride


Grayson Capps Wail & Ride available now! Born of the Southern literary tradition, Capps possesses a profound poetic wisdom and marries it to steamy front-porch blues and open road Americana. He calls to mind comparisons to Townes Van Zandt, JJ Cale and Steve Earle, but clearly has the making of a singular, iconoclastic talent in his own right. His debut album, If You Knew My Mind, was produced by Trina Shoemaker whose resume includes Sheryl Crow, Queens of the Stone Age and Whiskeytown, among others. Capps husky, whiskey-soaked vocals bring to life the down, but never out, characters who reside in his songs. Greasy slide riffs and finger picked steel guitar create the foundation for stomp-on-the-floorboard grooves, sanctified funk, earth grown soul and gospel refrains. This is music of the South, written on the outskirts of New Orleans and as real as a deep breath of bayou air.

Grayson Capps returns with the follow-up to his acclaimed 2005 debut, If You Knew My Mind. Capps first broke into the national spotlight with four songs on the soundtrack to the film, A Love Song For Bobby Long (starring John Travolta and Scarlett Johansson). He built upon the heightened visibility created by the movie with non-stop touring and electrifying performances that would often comprise three-hour marathon sets of Southern rock debauchery and Americana soul-stirring epiphany. The buzz would ultimately lead to packed venues throughout the Southern United States, two European tours and an appearance at Bonnaroo.

Tragedy also played its part. In August '05, Capps was driven from his home in New Orleans, where he'd lived for 20 years, when Hurricane Katrina hit. He responded by keeping a stiff upper lip and his eye on the road. He addresses the experience on his new album with the poignant song "New Orleans Waltz". Other stand-out tracks include the fulltilt boogie of "Give It To Me", the bayou-funk, second-line rumble of "Poison", the country & western gem "Jukebox" (which could have come straight from the pen of Hank Williams) and perhaps his most brilliant piece of songwriting yet, "Daddy's Eyes".

Drawing comparisons to everyone from Lucinda Williams to The Drive-By Truckers, Grayson Capps finds his own niche by splitting the difference between the lineage of the road-wise, ever-seeking poet troubadour and the hell-raising, shit-kicker howl of America's great Southern rock tradition.

“This fourth album by the Nashville-based native Alabaman and former New Orleanian plays out in the raw Southern milieu of his earlier work, and he again brings that world to vivid life. Supported by his band, the Stumpknockers, and singing in a gruff baritone, Capps spins out simmering backwoods story songs like “Arrowhead” and “Ike” that sound like a cross between Tony Joe White and Tom Waits. That’s when he’s not letting loose with the roadhouse-rocking fury of “Big Ole Woman” or “Big Black Buzzard.”

Capps is married to Trina Shoemaker , a recording engineer from Fairhope. [5] They have a son together; Capps also has another child from a previous relationship. [2] As of 2013, Capps and his family lived in Mobile, Alabama . [5]

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