Live Music: Grayson Capps & Corky Hughes
Grayson Capps is relaxed. You can hear it in the tone of his voice when he speaks, in the thoughtful, laconic way he reflects on the sometimes-tumultuous course of his life and work. Its not the sound of complacency or comfort, but rather of personal growth and understanding. Capps is not without worry or darkness in his life, but hes reached a kind of peace with it, an unhurried acceptance that enables him to write with unflinching honesty and remarkable humanity. His long-awaited new solo album, Scarlett Roses, is his first in six years, and it showcases the kind of understated brilliance that can blossom when creativity is detached from expectation, when songs are truly given the space and time to find their writer.
Corky began his professional career playing throughout the South in the 70s with R&B artist Theodore Arthur Jr. and then later with his own rock group, Excalibur. In 1984, he became lead guitarist for legendary rockers, Black Oak Arkansas and toured throughout the U.S. After moving to Atlanta Georgia the next year, he played and recorded with Tone Poets, Chris Edmonds, and Darryl Rhoades and the Mighty Men From Glad (with whom he appears on the Brendan OBrien produced album No Glove, No Love). Since returning in 1992 to his home in Mobile, Alabama, Corky has played guitar for a diverse group of artists including Kung Fu Mama, Carlos Washingtons Giant People, Star Cullars, Molly Thomas, Jimmy Hall and Wet Willie, and Bo Diddley. Corky can also be heard on Beverly Jo Scotts Coming Home CD, Lisa Mills Im Changing, and violinist Tom Morleys recent release, Ravens Wing (A Curious Collection of Fiddle Tunes), as well as various projects with former Kung Fu Mama band mates, the Lost Cause Minstrels.