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Hailing from South Alabama and spending over a decade in New Orleans, revered singer-songwriter Grayson Capps has found listeners the world over enthralled by his stinging tales of the Southern Gothic. In his own words, he explains: "I write songs which have the voice of dead prophets masquerading as town drunks screaming 'look at us we're pretty, too!'"

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  • Audio CD (16 Oct. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hyena
  • ASIN: B000HIVSGU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 342,518 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Grayson Capps returns with the follow-up to his acclaimed 2005 debut, If You Knew My Mind. Capps first broke into the national spotlight with four songs on the soundtrack to the film, A Love Song For Bobby Long (starring John Travolta and Scarlett Johansson). He built upon the heightened visibility created by the movie with non-stop touring and electrifying performances that would often comprise three-hour marathon sets of Southern rock debauchery and Americana soul-stirring epiphany. The buzz would ultimately lead to packed venues throughout the Southern United States, two European tours and an appearance at Bonnaroo. Tragedy also played its part. In August '05, Capps was driven from his home in New Orleans, where he'd lived for 20 years, when Hurricane Katrina hit. He responded by keeping a stiff upper lip and his eye on the road. He addresses the experience on his new album with the poignant song "New Orleans Waltz". Other stand-out tracks include the fulltilt boogie of "Give It To Me", the bayou-funk, second-line rumble of "Poison", the country & western gem "Jukebox" (which could have come straight from the pen of Hank Williams) and perhaps his most brilliant piece of songwriting yet, "Daddy's Eyes". Drawing comparisons to everyone from Lucinda Williams to The Drive-By Truckers, Grayson Capps finds his own niche by splitting the difference between the lineage of the road-wise, ever-seeking poet troubadour and the hell-raising, shit-kicker howl of America's great Southern rock tradition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leicester Bangs on 24 Dec. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Grayson Capps - Wail & Ride (Hyena)
Grayson Capps: actor turned singer turned songwriter, then actor again (alongside John Travolta) and now back to singing and songwriting. The potential was there for "Wail & Ride" (his second album) to be truly rotten, but it's not. In fact it's everything you'd hope it to be. The style recalls 70's Americana favourites such as Guy Clark and Kris Kristofferson (perhaps a role model), and the songs flow as naturally as water from a river. And like his esteemed predecessors this New Orleans native is not afraid to ruffle a few feathers along the way. Those lucky enough to catch Capps on his recent UK jaunt will need no convincing of his remarkable storytelling talents, and maybe he's just very well rehearsed, as every good actor should be, but it's still a pleasure to witness, whether on CD or small stage. 8/10.
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One of Grayson's biggest fans 19 Dec. 2006
By M. Nation - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've enjoyed Grayson Capps music from the time he was with Stavin Chain. His music is unlike any other musician out there. It bleeds New Orleans flavor and his voice resonates each song's true colors. He's an excellent story teller and this newest album accomplishes that. From the hurricanes and hardships these songs personify a more country, mellow twang than his previous album. I personally enjoyed his previous album slightly more but the songs contained in Wail & Ride are unique in their own way. My personal favorite is "Give it to Me".
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Brilliant Songwriter 29 May 2010
By Sam P. Robertson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
There's a scene in the recent Jeff Bridges movie Crazy Heart, where Bridge's character, the fictional country singer Bad Blake, explains that his songs come "from life, unfortunately." From the first notes of this album, it's clear that Grayson Capps songs come from a similar place. On his album Wail and Ride, he tells stories about ordinary people in a style influenced by Townes Van Zandt, John Prine, and Little Feat. The songs range from fast paced country rock and roll to barroom blues and stark acoustic ballads. He sings in a whiskey-soaked, weary voice and when he sings lines like "I need one more day to rise above this hell," he sings with such power that you believe him. With his sincere, gravelly voice and terrific songs about the weary travels and struggles of ordinary people, Grayson Capps is one of the most talented singer/songwriters in Americana roots music today, and this album is a great introduction to his music.

The standout gem on the album is "Daddy's Eyes," which wouldn't have sounded out of place on Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska album with lines like "I got a rusted out Impala with weeds growin out the trunk and nothin ever gets done around here because I'm always drunk." Capps delivers those poignant lines over a gorgeous acoustic riff and spare but powerful lead guitar. "New Orleans Waltz," Capps' stirring lament for his former home New Orleans, is another country ballad, but with more of a band arrangement and strong harmony vocals. "Jukebox" is simply a perfect country rock tune that sounds like vintage New Riders of the Purple Sage. Guthrie Trapp's nifty string bending sounds is eerily reminiscent of David Nelson's guitar playing, and the rough but rich vocal harmonies will have you singing the chorus by the songs's end. Capps injects a healthy dose of gritty soul into country ballads, blues and rock and roll songs and creates a brilliant Americana roots music album with Wail and Ride.
Leicester Bangs Review (2007): 1 Mar. 2013
By Leicester Bangs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Grayson Capps - Wail & Ride (Hyena)
Grayson Capps: actor turned singer turned songwriter, then actor again (alongside John Travolta) and now back to singing and songwriting. The potential was there for "Wail & Ride" (his second album) to be truly rotten, but it's not. In fact it's everything you'd hope it to be. The style recalls 70's Americana favourites such as Guy Clark and Kris Kristofferson (perhaps a role model), and the songs flow as naturally as water from a river. And like his esteemed predecessors this New Orleans native is not afraid to ruffle a few feathers along the way. Those lucky enough to catch Capps on his recent UK jaunt will need no convincing of his remarkable storytelling talents, and maybe he's just very well rehearsed, as every good actor should be, but it's still a pleasure to witness, whether on CD or small stage.
Down home authenticity. 9 Jan. 2007
By Stephenie Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Having had an opportunity to see Grayson perform live, I was anxious to find and purchase his CDs. I was not disappointed and love his sense of rhythm and the way his feelings are reflected in his songs. Deeply emotional and sometimes intense. You won't be disappointed, either.
Love Grayson Capps 26 May 2009
By Angela - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Very unique southern kind of music. I love him and his voice. We live in south Louisiana and love to put the C.D. in when we go for a day drive. It just fits with the scenery.
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