NOTE FROM YOUR HUMBLE BLOG OWNER:
THIS IS MY LAST POST FOR THE WEEK. I AM HEADED UP TO BOSTON FOR WORK. I COULDN’T THINK OF A BETTER ALBUM TO END THE WEEK WITH. SEE Y’ALL MONDAY.
A year ago I did not even know who Grayson Capps was. His 2007 effort, Songbones, was my introduction to his music and since that day in October I would venture a guess that there isn’t another artist I’ve listened to more. Hell, it’s probably a 2 to 1 ratio at best. I find myself drawn to the drunks, whores and vagabonds that haunt Grayson’s songs. They’re like old friends you keep up with via letters in the mail, and with a new album comes new updates.
Rott ‘n Roll features Grayson and his full band, The Stumpknockers, and Grayson’s part drunkard-part poet songwriting. One of my favorite tracks on the album, “Ike”, tells the tale of a particular five dollar whore looking for a little bit of love for the night. There are some front-porch singalongs such as “Gran Maw Maw” and “Big Ol’ Woman”, which include what is professed to be choruses performed by a group of drunk rednecks who happened to show up at the studio. That little yarn sounds a little bit like the bass that gets bigger and bigger with each telling of the catch.
In the end, Rott ‘n Roll is another excessively strong offering to what is already a magnificent discography. If you are not already familiar with Grayson, then I gotta say not only is this album Essesntial Listening, so are the 3 that preceded it.
Grayson Capps – Ike
Grayson Capps – Back To The Country
Grayson Capps – Mermaid (hands down, my favorite Grayson Capps’ song)
Grayson Capps Official Site, Grayson Capps on myspace, Buy Rott ‘N Roll