Grayson Capps [Interview]

Grayson Capps by Chad Edwards 8
Way back in the summer of 2006, I found myself sweating day and night under the desert sun and/or blackened sky listening to some absolutely beautiful music.  Specifically I was listening to the original motion picture soundtrack for the highly underrated film, A Love Song For Bobby Long.  There were obvious highlights like works from acclaimed groups like Nada Surf and Los Lobos, which were phenomenal.  There was also the inclusion of the absolutely stunning Trespassers William track “Different Stars”, which we have lauded here time and time again.  But, what struck me the finest was one man in particular.  A man with a rusty voice and a powerful sentiment.  The one and only Grayson Capps, who at that point I had never heard of, and who since has become a staple in my musical musings.
Grayson Capps contributed three of the most beautiful songs to the soundtrack, and is actually the largest influence to the book in which the film was based upon (originally titled Off Magazine Street)with his stunning tale of a saddened yet righteous man by the same title of the film.  He lent his scratchy and soulful lyrics the contrasting wholesomely beautiful voice of Theresa Andersson on “Lorraine’s Song”, and absolutely killed it on his own original track “Washboard Lisa”, which still remains as one of the greatest examples of modern Southern blues released to date.  And I have continued to be a fan even up to his latest release, 2011’s The Lost Cause Ministrels, a terrific album that proves that Grayson can stand the test of time.  But, I wanted to learn a little bit more about Mr. Capps, so it was great to have him agree to share a few words with Trainwreck’d and you the fine readers.  Enjoy!
When did you first realize you wanted to be a singer/songwriter for a living? Was music a big part of your upbringing?
I still haven’t realized that yet, it’s just what’s happening.  I don’t have time for much else, but I love what I do.  Music has always been a part of my life.  My old man, had a wide spectrum of vinyl always playing, always available. That was a big influence from an early age.
Your father is the man behind the pen of Off Magazine Street, in which the film A Love Song For Bobby Long is based upon. You have three tracks featured in the film, and you actually appear in the film, as well. Did you develop these songs for the film, or where they inspired by your father’s writing? Either way, what was it like developing tracks for your father’s work?
These songs existed before the film, separate from the book, but talking about the same people and the same subjects. They were key in giving the movie an identity. The movie was named after my song “A Love Song For Bobby Long.”
What was your final opinion of the film adaptation of Off Magazine Street, as well as, what I consider, one of the last great film soundtracks to come out in a very long time?
The film adaptation of the book was very Hollywoodized.  Romance had nothing to do with the original story.  It was rather disappointing watching what goes on with soulless, rich, entertainment folks. But in the end I enjoyed the final film.
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Your fifth release, The Lost Cause Minstrels, is absolutely something special. I can’t truly put my finger on it, so I shall ask, what is the major difference between this album and your works past?
Different songs, different subjects, different movement through time and space. The album was started while I was still living up in Nashville, but completed after I moved back down to South Alabama close to where I was raised. It was also the first record with my current band, also called The Lost Cause Minstrels. They all brought a big part of themselves to the songs, as well.
For those of us who would have absolutely no damn clue whatsoever, can you tell us the difference between New Orleans Mardi Gras and Mobile Mardi Gras, a theme seen displayed in your latest album? 
Mobile’s Baptist; New Orleans is Catholic ….makes all the difference in the world.
What sort of impact has your surroundings in the Southern States had on your work?
Being from the south is what I know, so I guess it’s had a huge impact.  Where you’re from is where you’re from, but finding yourself is the road home.
I spent sometime in the Southern Mississippi area a while ago, and I spent a whole lot of time at the legendary BBQ joint The Shed, in which you have written a track about a strange character who inhibited the joint. Where did you come up with this story? Or at the very least, what inspired you to write a song about The Shed?
The song is about Mr. Jim who you will find down at The Shed. it’s a simple story about a real charming man. I felt he needed to be immortalized in a song.
I noticed you will be doing a few spots in the Netherlands and Germany in 2013. How receptive do you feel audiences are to Southern inspired bluesmanship in other countries, and throughout other regions of the United States?
Grayson Capps2People respond to the truth, no matter what kind of music it is….whether it’s southern, northern, polka-western, raga-eastern.
While The Lost Cause Minstrels is probably still fresh in many listener’s mind, can we expect something new in 2013. I can only imagine you have a plethera of tracks in your songbook. If we will hear something new, what can we expect? 
It’s always something new for me, but I suppose that will determined by the ears of the beholder ultimately. But I’m writing, though no hard plans to record just yet.
What was the last thing that made you smile?
My son this morning, very excited about going to school.
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