The Lost Cause Minstrels

The Lost Cause Minstrels

by Grayson Capps


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The Lost Cause Minstrels

Songwriter Grayson Capps is known to roots rock fans for his often incendiary, guitar-driven visions of ragged, Southern Gothic madness and desire. At their best, his songs reveal burning, age-old truths that lie buried under time-worn myths and misconceptions. Capps' The Lost Cause Minstrels is his fifth studio album and is the name of his new band of Gulf Coast musicians. He began recording the set while living in Nashville -- he relocated there after a long stint in New Orleans that was brought to an end after Hurricane Katrina. Midway through, however, he decided to come home to his native Alabama. The music here reflects history, mystery, change, and a musical diversity whose roots lie in his home state, although given real breadth and depth in NOLA. Trina Shoemaker, his producer and partner, co-helmed the album, while Capps and band assemble the tightest, most focused set of songs in his career. There's the unlikely pairing of a bluegrass chorus, shuffling rock & roll, and country blues in the opener, "Highway 42." Capps is in fine voice, giving his protagonist room to reason, love, and come up fighting for the things he believes in. The mystical Mississippi informs the popping tom-tom barroom jumper "Coconut Moonshine." "John the Dagger" and "No Definitions" are pure, raw, dirty-assed blues-rock, with a razored yet elegant poetry for lyrics. "Yes You Are" is a love song that confesses with balance -- not bravado -- his protagonist's devotion as well as his faults. The stellar reading of Taj Mahal's "Annie's Lover" weaves together traditional country, Delta blues, and regional folk musics into a seamless -- and swinging -- aural tapestry. Richard "Rabbit" Brown's "Jane's Alley Blues" is the other cover here, redone as a shimmering blues with a killer rumba rhythm. "Ol' Slac" is a stomping old-school jazz and second-line R&B tune about the revival of the Mobile Mardi Gras after the Civil War. "Chief Seattle" reflects on the state of the world with a Buddhist's sense of equanimity, while "Rock 'n' Roll" is a moody electric folk song about the tragedies and ironies in living -- and surviving -- day to day, and learning from one's mistakes. The Lost Cause Minstrels takes all of Capps' strengths, hones them to a razored point, and trains them on the listener in a wily collection of songs that reflect the pathos, passion, and earned wisdom of an itinerant music man.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/07/2011
Label: Royal Potato
UPC: 0020286156369
catalogNumber: 1107
Rank: 129661

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Grayson Capps   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar,national steel guitar,Guitar (Resonator)
James House   Background Vocals
Hank Locklin   Background Vocals
Kenny Fradley   Trumpet
Jerry Marotta   Percussion,Drums
Harry Stinson   Background Vocals
Trina Shoemaker   Percussion,Background Vocals
Keith Gattis   Banjo
Beth Hooker   Background Vocals
Sharon Corbitt   Background Vocals
Chris Spies   Piano,Keyboards,Clavinet,Hammond B3
Josh Kerin   Bass
Tommy MacLuckie   Electric Guitar
John Milham   Percussion,Piano,Drums
Christian Grizzard   Bass
Corky Hughes   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Nissi Lee   Background Vocals
Denny Mitchell   Background Vocals
Christopher Spies   Baritone Saxophone
McRary Sisters   Background Vocals
Waylon Capps   Background Vocals
Blake Mitchell   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Taj Mahal   Composer
Richard Rabbit Brown   Composer
Trina Shoemaker   Producer,Engineer
Grayson Capps   Composer,Producer
Kevin Calabro   Booking
Joanna Serraris   Booking
Gregory J. Del Deo   Artwork

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