Grayson Capps - Rott 'N' Roll
Beer stained floorboards, trailer parks, prostitutes, and hard luck are the world of Grayson Capps. His hard driving blend of Southern soul, country blues, and back country stomp was dubbed “Rott ‘N’ Roll” by his fans in New Orleans and is the title of his fourth album.
Grayson Capps is an articulate and insightful writer. A poet-laureate of the underclass. Born and raised in south Alabama, Capps was first introduced to music while his father and friends sat around drinking, telling stories, and playing and singing the classic songs of Hank Williams, Woody Guthrie, Tom T. Hall, and others.
Grayson Capps took up music and writing songs and poetry while on scholarship at Tulane University. During his years in New Orleans he formed two bands that saw moderate success. The devastation of Katrina forced Capps to leave his home in the Gentilly neighborhood of New Orleans. Since August 2005 he has been living in Franklin, Tennessee when not on the road.
Rott 'N' Roll is a superb follow-up to his 2006 post-Katrina album Wail & Ride (reviewed on the Bus here.) Grayson Capps’ ability to paint a picture with words invokes comparison with such great poet songwriters as Townes Van Zandt and Tom Waits. Frets magazine called him the “Bard of the Bayou.” The poignant tales are put to music by Capps’ band, the Stumpknockers (Tommy MacLuckie on lead guitar, Josh Kerin on bass, and John Milham on drums.) The liner notes state that Rott 'N' Roll was recorded over a few days at Capps’ farmhouse studio. The relaxed sound of good friends enjoying a good time comes through in the recordings.
Grayson Capps & the Stumpknockers are currently touring the South before heading to Europe in November. Check tour dates here for a memorable evening of “Rott 'N' Roll.”
Artist: Grayson Capps
Title: Rott 'N' Roll
Artist Website: graysoncapps.com
Label: Hyena Records
Label Website: hyenarecords.com
Release Date: September 9, 2008
Order or download from: Hyena Records or your local independent record store.