featuring WILL KIMBROUGH, SUGARCANE JANE (Savana Lee & Anthony Crawford), GRAYSON CAPPS & CORKY HUGHES
The self-titled debut album is due 8/20 on The Royal Potato Family
Down in lower Alabama, almost every weekend for the past two years, folks have been coming together for a music gathering called The Frog Pond at Blue Moon Farm. One part house concert, one part Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble, The Frog Pond has hosted some of the country's finest songwriters, pickers, bluesman and troubadours ranging from Mary Gauthier to Alvin Youngblood Hart, Malcolm Holcombe to Randall Bramblett, Sergio Webb to George Porter, Jr. It was here that frequent encounters between five reoccurring artists—Grayson Capps, Will Kimbrough, Corky Hughes and the duo Sugarcane Jane featuring Savana Lee and Anthony Crawford—led to the formation of Willie Sugarcapps. At first it was simply songwriter-in-the-round and jam session-styled collaborations, but it quickly grew to become something more. There was an immediate chemistry between the five distinct musicians that inspired a repertoire of songs demanding to be documented. They recruited Capps' longtime partner and Grammy Award-winning producer/engineer Trina Shoemaker to record them, which resulted in the self-titled, debut album, Willie Sugarcapps.
The collection presents ten impeccably crafted songs imbued by relaxed performances, angelic harmonies and country Zen sentiment. Band members often take turns singing lead as they switch up between fiddle, banjo, mandolin, lap steel, bass and even ukulele. Their collective musical experiences mingle together to create a new kind of organic, artisanal music--it's laid back, it rocks, it comes from classic country, from the blues, from New Orleans, from the best kind of rock 'n' roll, and it tells a story through five individual voices full of character and experience, humanity, soul and energy. It's a comfort to know that music in the hands of Willie Sugarcapps still happens for no other reason than purely the sake of music itself.