Grayson Capps - Slowdown - Front Room729 North 14th Street Omaha,NE
08/22/2018 8:00 PM - 08/22/2018 10:00 PM
Some things just age. And some get better with time. After 20+ years of making music and 13 years and six albums as a solo artist, New Orleans-based Grayson Capps definitely defines the latter.
Touring in support of his sixth solo album, Grayson brings his unique mix of gritty, sometimes quiet, sometimes thundering Southern Americana rock to Omaha for the first time ever. Fresh off of opening dates for Robert Earl Keen and headlining dates throughout Colorado and the Midwest, Grayson wraps up this leg of his tour with an intimate show guaranteed to be raucous and refreshing, poignant and powerful.
‘Scarlett Roses,’ is his first album in six years, and it showcases the kind of understated brilliance that can blossom when creativity is detached from expectation, when songs are truly given the space and time to find their writer. Produced by Grayson, guitarist Corky Hughes, and Grayson’s wife, Grammy-winning producer Trina Shoemaker (Sheryl Crowe, Queens of the Stone Age, Emmylou Harris), ‘Scarlett Roses’ opens with its title track, which builds from a gentle acoustic strum to a full steam Southern rocker calling to mind the early days of Jay Farrar and Son Volt. The song envisions a ship departing with a loved one onboard, leaving behind only the scent of perfume and the whisper of a nearly forgotten melody as the narrator seeks closure. The eerily intense “Taos” grew out of experimentations with drum loops in his wife’s studio space, while the funky blues of “Hold Me Darlin” was inspired by a day spent fingerpicking like Keb Mo’ and Mississippi John Hurt. On “You Can’t Turn Around,” Capps serves up a lively slice of Southern noir about pressing on through regret, and the Drive-By Truckers-esque “Bag of Weed” offers a tongue-in-cheek response to the simplified and sanitized world of modern pop country. Perhaps the album’s most powerful moment, though, arrives with the tender and atmospheric “New Again,” which features gorgeous harmonies from fellow songwriter Dylan LeBlanc.
Well-known for writing and performing the soundtrack for the John Travolta/Scarlett Johansson movie “A Love Song for Bobby Long,” Capps has combined the song-writing skills and musical chops that leave his live show audiences hungry for more.
Ready to greet old friends and make some new ones, Grayson Capps will deliver a show Omaha won’t soon forget!