From the Lone Star State to the distant edges of the universe, San Antonio’s Garrett T. Capps has ventured to bring his brand of “NASA Country” to the masses following the May release of In The Shadows (Again). Calling it cosmological would be fitting for Capps, as he has already shared the stage with Flaco Jimenez, Erika Wennerstrom (Heartless Bastards), Chicano Batman, Texas legend Kinky Friedman, Shinyribs and more recently noted fan Chris Shiflett (Foo Fighters) mere months after dropping the record. Fresh off a Los Angeles run which featured an appearance at the festival Echo Park Rising, Capps is road ready and will have the support of Austin based swampy tonkers Mayeux & Broussard for a 16-date fall tour of the Midwest and Southern U.S. before heading to Europe later this year. Garrett T. Capps will be in Houston at Cottonwood on September 15.
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On his last release Y Los Lonely Hipsters, Garrett T. Capps offered the world a hometown anthem in the form of “Born In San Antone” - a South Texas rock ’n soul epic and the most recent song about the Alamo City to reach a wider consciousness this side of Charley Pride or Bob Wills, thanks in no small part to opening the season premiere of Showtime’s Billions. Now looking beyond the terrestrial limits of Bexar County, Capps has designated himself “flight director” on a mission known as “NASA country,” with the findings of this spacey endeavor presented in full on In The Shadows (Again).
Serving as a proper introduction, “Born Into A Ballroom” drifts somewhere between space walk and “cagey Texas folk song.” Capps’ twangy vocals get first dance with the out of this world steel guitar of B.J. Cole, a noted English player featured prominently on Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer." Kicking into lift off, the album’s title track launches with shuffling drums and a sonic boost from local sound artist Justin Boyd, whose synth filters over lap steel make one question if two-stepping could be possible in zero gravity. “Here Right Now” is the most progressive and possibly infectious track on the record, being described by Capps as “The War on Drugs meets Gram Parsons.” Running at six minutes and 22 seconds it is not the longest track on the album, but offers further proof of Capps’ ability to craft catchy epics. On “Baby Please” the more country elements of the album step forward, with guitar licks and fiddle solos accompanying heart-worn lyrics.
In The Shadows (Again) was produced by Capps and Lucas Oswald (Shearwater, Jesca Hoop) and mastered by Timothy Stollenwork at Stereophonic Mastering (The Dandy Warhols, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Woods). Capps plans to begin touring this summer and release the album on limited edition vinyl. [Organizer's description]