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Review: Grayson Capps’ If You Knew My Mind

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Grayson Capps is a natural. The country-tinged tales on his national debut If You Knew My Mind are sung by a young man who’s seen more hardships than his age would indicate. When Capps sings “They’re trying to drag me down / I’m going to get back up again” on the opening track, it’s not an anthem but a weary man dusting himself off and climbing to his feet. Disaster is always around the corner in Capps’ world. On “Slidell,” Capps recounts a wreck where “five people were murdered by a woman talking on her cell phone.” Capps’s doesn’t create an overwrought, gothic South, just the average tragedies that happen when people are drunk and careless.

Capps ranges easily from folk to bluesy rock. On the haunting “A Love Song for BobbyLong” he accompanies himself simply on acoustic guitar. The menacing “Graveyard,” about a man killing his lover, has a rollicking band and a growling chorus of male singers.

Capps performs regularly at bars around New Orleans. When John Travolta starred in “A Love Song for Bobby Long,” based on a novel by Capps’ father, it looked like the songwriter’s work on the soundtrack would make him a star. The movie, however, was never shown in more than a handful of theaters. If You Knew My Mind will hopefully be Capps’ well-deserved ticket to a wider audience.

Also posted at A Frolic of My Own.

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  • chuck donelli

    can’t wait for ga\rayson to play at my bar on August 19 2005 he will be appearing at donelli”s pub on friday night at 9pm donelli’s pub is located in Lake Bluff IL. north of Chicago just off the tri-state tollway 94 to RT 176 east to shagbark on the corner hope to see everyone there MARIBETH V. SAYS HI to grayson

  • Sebastian Humpert

    Silly Question

    Does Jasmine know the song “Black Velvet” by Alannah Myles?!

    She doesn’t know 60’s or 70’s or 80’s or 90’s music

  • Sebastian Humpert

    Silly Question

    Does Aladdin know the John Lennon song “Just Like Starting Over”?!

    No, he doesn’t, he doesn’t know songs from the early 80’s!