Grayson Capps was conceived in the backseat of a Pontiac and born to the son of a preacher in Alabama. In his bio, he says “I write songs which have the voice of dead prophets masquerading as town drunks screaming ‘look at us we’re pretty, too!’” Grayson Capps is part country singer, part bluesman, part preacher, part vagabond and part poet.
The album starts off with “Going Back To The Country” and right away I knew I was in for a treat.‚ It’s a song about being far away from home performing relentlessly, surrounded by booze and whores, with the “devil always at your door, knockin’ at you.”‚ Capps longs to get back to Alabama where life’s simple pleasures, “eating cornbread and raising hell,” await him with a warm embrace. A closer look at his bio, however, reveals that he now resides in New Orleans. It looks like going home might just mean more whores and booze.
From there, Rott ‘N’ Roll progresses through thirteen songs that alternate between slow burning ballads like “The Waltz” and back-porch blues jams like “Big Black Buzzard.” If you were a fan of his previous effort, Songbones, then you’ll appreciate the slide guitar and laid back acoustic tracks. But on Rott ‘N’ Roll it’s the rocking electric blues numbers, backed by a full band, that will get your foot stomping.
You can hear more tracks on his MySpace page.‚ I’ve never met him, but Grayson Capps just seems like a stranger that you’d like to swap stories with at a bar. I have a feeling he can spin a yarn.
From his previous album, Songbones: