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Jeffrey C. Capps | The Muddy and the Blue

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The Muddy and the Blue

by Jeffrey C. Capps

Straightforward, emotionally charged folk-rock that draws you in with evocative melodies and memories, set against the backdrop of the muddy Mississippi and a city on the river that's always got the blues.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Let the Fever
3:35 $0.99
2. Like 1968
4:15 $0.99
3. Sleepeasy
4:21 $0.99
4. Amtrak Song
4:26 $0.99
5. Tried Stone
2:03 $0.99
6. Marguerite
5:37 $0.99
7. Bad Vibrations
5:32 $0.99
8. I'm a Plum
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9. 47 747's
2:43 $0.99
10. With the Sun
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Album Notes
After releasing three critically acclaimed records between 2003 and 2007 with Memphis-based band The Central Standards, co-founder and songwriter/singer/guitarist Jeffrey C. Capps steps out with his solo debut The Muddy and the Blue.

Over the course of ten songs about everything from fire to jumbo jets to the Mississippi River, The Muddy and the Blue alternately tiptoes around and boldly steps across the fine lines that define every day of our lives, often against the backdrop of Capps’ longtime hometown of Memphis, Tenn. Local roots-rock mainstays David Twombly (drums, guitar, vocals, harmonica) and TJ Boland (bass, vocals) round out Capps’ live and studio ensemble. The record was produced by Kenny Jones at Cotton Ridge Recording in Cordova, Tenn.

While sticking close to Memphis for the most part and building a strong local following there, Capps’ former band The Central Standards also did some regional touring, playing in cities such as St. Louis, Kansas City, Chicago and Iowa City. The band’s second album Can’t Remember the Last Time was named one of the top 10 local recordings of 2005 by The Commercial Appeal. On the strength of that record and their live performances, The Central Standards were named winners of Memphis station Rock 103’s inaugural “Great Unsigned” contest, earning them a slot opening the 2006 Beale Street Music Festival.

Drawing inspiration from artists ranging from Paul Westerberg to Bob Dylan to Gram Parsons, Capps also identifies closely with the myriad sounds that make Memphis music, past and present, undeniably profound--what he calls in one song on The Muddy and the Blue “the beat you could never lose”.



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cindy f

Impressive solo album
As a fan of the Central Standards, I was interested to see what the solo album of Jeffery C. Capps would sound like. There are a few songs that are reminiscent of the Central Standards sound, but most of the songs are a little less poppy and slightly darker. The first song "Let the Fever" rocks out with banjo and harmonica and it is the song from which the album title is taken. It is very catchy and one of my favorite songs. Other standout tracks on the album to me are "Sleepeasy", "Bad Vibrations", "47 747"s", and "With the Sun". "47 747's" is a short simple song but it sounds very full because of the piano and added percussion. It has a Ben Folds Five-esque quality to it. "Bad Vibrations" reminds me of R.E.M. with the backing vocals but the song sounds lighter. The final track, "With the Sun", is a fitting bookend to the album. It feels like an ending song and the end of a journey you have taken. Knowing how detail oriented Jeffery C. Capps is, I feel everything from cover art to song arrangement was purposefully done with love and care, and it shows. The Muddy and the Blue showcases not only his songwriting talent but also also the impression that Memphis has made on him and his music.