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Grayson Capps

Wail & Ride – 2006 (Hyena)

Reviewed by Brett Leigh Dicks

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The music of Grayson Capps became better known via the feature film "A Love Song For Bobby Long." Not only does his music grace the soundtrack, but it was also Capps sitting up there on the levee strumming away and bathing in the southern sun.

Opening with the album's titled track and a glorious offering front porch blues, the recording feverishly throws down the musical gauntlet. Instead of trying to match the vigor of its predecessor, "Jukebox" is a tempered and gruff nod to classic country. "New Orleans Waltz" maintains that mood, but this time Capps gets personal.

Like many of his contemporaries, Capps suffered at the hands of Hurricane Katrina and with the verses of this offering he poignantly shares both his experience and thoughts. Capps is a balladeer of the purest persuasion and nowhere is this more apparent than across both the stirring "Daddy's Eyes" and the hauntingly beautiful "Cry Me One Tear."

Obviously things in the south have changed a little in the south since Capps released "If You Knew My Mind." But while it might now be only metaphorically, this once again finds Capps resiliently perched up there on what remains on those old levees. And he is still poetically belting out his trademark whiskey-drenched, roots-infused ballads. The only difference being that this time around, it is all the more personal.