Review by Bill Keith (Booker of Trinity House Theatre and Radio Host)
I knew it had been awhile since Annie and Rod Capps released a full length CD, but I had no idea that it had been six years. In between “My Blue Garden” and “Searching for Neverland” they released an EP to hold fans over, but that was in 2011. To say they were long overdue for a new album is an understatement. After listening to “Searching for Neverland” I can say the six years were well spent. The CD is filled with their best songs and musical performances yet.
Six years of live performances, along with the previous EP, make many of these songs feel like old friends. Annie is a gifted songwriter with a talent for telling engaging stories that get at what makes us all human. It has been especially exciting to see how her songcraft has grown over these many years. Many of the songs had me hitting replay to catch her compelling word choices. There are many thoughtful lyrics but one of my favorite lines comes from Pretty Memories where she sings “We had big top dreams in a pup tent world.” I think many of us can relate to that sentiment.
June is just about over and as always there were so many reasons to love this month. Aside from being my birthday month and the beginning of summer its also the month of our wedding anniversary, the Shari Kane & Dave Steele CD Release concert, the Nor-east’r Music Festival, Above the Bridge Songwriters Weekend, the beginning of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, Chelsea Sounds & Sights and more. Oh… and then there’s this –
Suffice it to say that we’re coming down hard after a 30 day high and like a really great song, June’s excitement left us feeling elated and satisfied but a little sad that it ended. Unlike a song, we can only play it over again in our heads. We were already riding pretty high from our own CD release concert at the end of May! What an amazing night! So grateful to all the stellar musicians who shared the stage with us and made our songs sound so good – Ozzie Andrews, Mike Shimmin, Drew Howard and most of all Jason Dennie, without whom these songs would not be what they are! So much love in our hearts for all the folks who came to the show and made us feel so special that night.
Recorded at Big Sky Recording in Ann Arbor by Geoff Michael and mastered by Glenn Brown at GBP Studios in E. Lansing, Searching for Neverland, features a stellar cast of highly sought after Michigan players; Jason Dennie (Thunderwude) on mandolin and harmony vocals, Dan Ozzie Andrews (Cold Tone Harvest) on bass, Mike Shimmin (the olllam) on drums and Drew Howard (Madcat’s Midnight Blues Journey) on pedal steel and dobro as well as the great jazz drummer, Pete Siers (Paul Keller Orchestra) on several tracks.