Grayson Capps – The Lost Cause Minstrels

January 01, 1970

(The Royal Potato Family)


Being a son of the South has left an emphatic impression on
Grayson Capp’s career. Born in Alabama, a
former New Orleans transplant, and now a denizen
of Nashville, Capps
culled influences from each locale and used them to inform his musical cache. The Lost Cause Minstrel may be bannered
with low-cast expectations, but it makes for a fine compendium of the various
genres that are infused in his palette. The ramshackle rhythm of “Highway 42,”
the brassy rough and tumble vamp of “Coconut Moonshine,” the cool Caribbean sway of “Jane’s Alley Blues” and the zydeco
shuffle of “Ol’ Slac” all reflect his diversity, versatility and savvy.


At his heart however, Capps sings with the assertion and authority
of a well-heeled folkie. Several songs are infused with a call and response
chorus, while Capps’ weathered vocals add assurance, frequently bringing to
mind the creaky, laidback vibe of Dr. John and J.J. Cale. Oddly enough, some of
the songs go beyond those frayed references and resurrect some patented riffs.
The blues stomp, “John the Dagger,” boasts an intro identical to “Life in the
Fast Lane,” while the rambling lyric of “Annie’s Lover” recalls the Lovin’
Spoonful’s jaunty “Nashville Cats.” And you gotta love any song that includes a
reference to dancing “like Anthony Quinn.” Indeed, dancing isn’t out of the
question, and The Lost Cause Minstrel encourages any urge to share in the celebration.


DOWNLOAD: “Highway 42,” “Ol’ Slac,” “Jane’s Alley Blue” LEE ZIMMERMAN


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