Annie and Rod Capps
Annie and Rod Capps

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Annie and Rod Capps
alt-Folk Americana
Chelsea, Michigan, USA

Married since 1994, and making music together since the 80s, the Capps have a sound that reflects their deep and intuitive understanding of each other. They craft country-flavored alt-folk stories and musings with a rootsy vibe, a touch of twang, and a soulful groove. As primary songwriter, and a sweet, wry, perspective on things, Annie puts herself – and a host of other subjects – on a laboratory slide, peers in close, and makes discoveries that ring satisfyingly true. Rich melodies are delivered with a disarming, earthy voice and sturdy, rhythmic guitar accompaniment, punctuated seamlessly by Rod, who weaves symbiotic melody on acoustic & electric guitars with equal grace. Tenor banjo, tenor guitar and ukulele also make the occasional playful appearance.

Seeded with fresh, beautifully-crafted songwriting, Annie and Rod Capps' sixth CD, “My Blue Garden”, is a collage of soulful sketches rooted in small town USA, where familiar and accessible characters might be your next door neighbor, a member of the family or a close friend. Co-produced by Glenn Brown (Jeff Daniels, Rachael Davis, Steppin in it) this album features an essential cast of some of Michigan’s finest musicians most prominently, Jason Dennie, a regular addition to their live shows, on virtuoso mandolin and sweet harmony vocals. Drew Howard soars on pedal steel and dobro, and the angelic voices of Rachael Davis and Jan Krist are high points.

"Annie and Rod Capps write complex, winding melodies that fit Annie's delicate voice perfectly. She sings with a relaxed, clean Midwestern twang, sliding you into the middle of lives and situations that are always interesting and dotted with real insight." – Dave Siglin, The Ark

"In This Town" the duo's' fifth release, showcases their compelling songwriting draped in sparse arrangements. Since its release in July of 2007, Folk DJs across the country and abroad have added The Capps' to their playlists placing it in the top 40 on the Folk Radio charts for 2007, with the title track reaching #3. Still landing in the top 100 for 2008 this CD has proven its longevity. A charming collection of little vignettes told before backdrops ranging from a friendly town café to an empty house; a dark smokey bar to a peaceful front porch; a self-made jail cell to the wide open road. The result is a mélange of simple, evocative stories about familiar human emotions delivered with the appealing mixture of tenderness and sass that is signature Annie.

"Capps has a way of starting a song with an image that's simple, yet arresting enough to propel you through the ensuing developments, which often covers quite a bit of territory." -Jim Manheim, Ann Arbor Observer

Over the years, Annie and Rod have done it all; from rock to musical theater and while they continue to draw from a carpet bag of genres and influences, what comes out is a hybrid sound all their own. Genuine and playful; effortless and endearing; this duo has been enchanting audiences in quality music venues, house concerts, coffeehouses and festivals throughout their home state of Michigan and beyond.

"The audience is drawn in right from the beginning with Annie's amazing voice and the power of her songs. She has a way of making everyone in the venue feel like she is his or her personal friend." – Dave Rutkofske, Blue Water Folk Society (Thumbfest)

"When I look around the room at an Annie and Rod Capps performance, I see a lot of smiling faces with eyes riveted to the stage...there is a magic that energizes an audience. I can't wait to bring them back to our concert series!" - Tim Piazza, Concerts at the Cabin, Evansville, Indiana.

Annie and Rod have warmed up audiences for Kelly Joe Phelps, Lucy Kaplansky, Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart, Tracy Grammer & Jim Henry, The Kennedys, David Bromberg, Joe Jencks, Mustard's Retreat and many others.

Annie is a member of the Yellow Room Gang, a group of renowned singer/songwriters (www.yellowroomgang.com) who meet monthly to share food and new works in progress and perform together in various incarnations and venues. She is the co-founder of Songwriter's Anonymous, a networking collective of 40+ members of the local music community.

When they aren't busy making their own music, Annie and Rod are often called upon to play supporting roles for other artists. Both are featured on recordings by Allison Downey, The Milroys, Whit Hill, John Latini, Judy Insley, Dan Hazlett and several others.

Festival performance credits include the Ann Arbor Folk Festival, Wheatland Music Festival, Noreast'r Festival, Thumbfest, Arts, Beats and Eats, Ann Arbor Summer Festival, Riverfolk Festival and more.

They've appeared at:
The Ark (Ann Arbor, MI)
Trinity House Theater (Livonia, MI)
Mama's Coffee House (Birmingham, MI)
Off-the-Wall Coffee House (Walled Lake, MI)
Two Way Street Coffee House (Downer's Grove, IL)
Cousin Andy's Coffee House (Carbondale, IL)
Godfrey Daniels (Bethlehem, PA)
Bound for Glory (Ithaca, NY)
Concerts at the Cabin (Evansville, IN)
Carrick's House Concerts (Clarkston, MI)
Music Under the Pines (Hazlett, MI)
Backroads House Concerts (Alpena, MI)
PALamazoo Barn Concerts (Kalamazoo, MI)
Northwind House Concerts (Kalamazoo, MI)
KPIG "Please Stand By" Show (Watsonville, CA)
and many excellent acoustic music venues in California, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wisconsin...so far.
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acoustic, electric & tenor guitars, tenor banjo, ukulele, mandolin

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