Annie’s Musings

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Just popping in to say Hi and tell you that while we aren’t playing a ton of gigs over the next couple months we are busy little bees behind the scene. There’s new video being produced, there are new songs being written and little tours being booked. This photo was taken at the historic Howell Opera House which is in the midst of being restored by some awesome folks! More soon.

The first time at any venue is a bit scary, filled with unknowns and potential regret. House concerts come with their own set of unknowns but when the hosts are as genuinely friendly and enthusiastic about music as Joanne & Joe Smiddie-Brush and Phil & Carla Slates you can count on being put at ease from the minute you walk in the door. It’s like visiting old friends (who happen to be mutual cat lovers – thus, the name) who just invited all of their friends over to hear your music. This was a really fun night with a whole lot of laughs, stories and songs.

Much as I LOVE this time of year for its promise of a fresh start and the hopefulness of accomplishing some of those things on my ever growing list, I also find it hard to fight the feelings of regret about all the things I DIDN’T accomplish last year. No matter… I give it a few minutes and then move on. 2015 was wonderful in so many ways with lots to be grateful for. Perhaps the biggest accomplishment was releasing our 8th CD “Searching for Neverland”. We’ve been really happy with the response – most notably this review in No Depression – and it feels great to get those songs imprinted in their current form. We’ve also been writing a TON and promise it won’t be quite so long before the next CD. Anyway, on with the recap. For the past 10 years we’ve been kicking off the new year with our annual Yellow Room Gang concert at The Ark. Last year we celebrated 1o years by releasing the 4th gang CD aptly titled “Decade” and it features this great song from Jim Bizer!

Rod and I spent much of the previous two years down-sizing from our home in Chelsea, to a small townhouse back in Ann Arbor only to find ourselves a year later back in Chelsea, where we Continue reading

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Another one of the songs originally from our “Take Me To The Fair” EP, “Pretty Memories” is littered with metaphor and simile. It’s about moving on after the end of a seemingly brief relationship. It kicks off by likening the romance to a summer storm and a traveling circus that only sticks around long enough to bring a little larger-than-life joy to our narrator before packing up and moving on.

Love hit hard like a late summer storm
sudden and furious then it’s all over
The wind took north, the sun hopped a train
The circus left town singing its final refrain Continue reading

Join us for the last two Capps concerts of 2015!

(West) Salt of the Earth (Nov 15) and (East) Mama’s Coffee House (Nov 21)

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This is a photo taken by Michael Hacala when we opened for Jill Jack a bunch of years ago (2008 maybe) at the Kensington Church concert series. Jason had only just started playing with us on a regular basis. “In This Town” was still new as were the few harmony parts we’d worked out. There were no big arrangements and that big ole Gibson guitar now belongs to Allison Downey. We’ve released two full-length CDs since then, “My Blue Garden” and “Searching for Neverland” along with the little interim EP “Take Me To The Fair” which are all three a culmination of the work we put into our songs and the contributions of the mega talented Jason Dennie. There are some new songs waiting in the wings and a few of them will be debuted at these two concerts. I never feel as though my songs are fully baked until Rod has filled in the missing ingredients and while I love a cake without any frosting, when Jason adds the icing, sprinkles and fancy decoration – that’s when they start to look and feel extra special. I hope you’ll join us and consider bringing a friend who is new to our music. We promise to give you our hearts! (DETAILS HERE)

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Upcoming shows
  • Friday, August 25th 2017 Trio with Jason Dennie
    at Cafe Carpe
    Ft. Atkinson, WI
  • Saturday, August 26th 2017 Trio with Jason Dennie
    at Great River Folk Festival
    LaCrosse, WI
  • Saturday, September 2nd 2017 Full Band Show
    at Thumbfest
    Lexington, MI
  • Saturday, September 23rd 2017 Full Band Show
    at Flint Folk Society
    Flint, MI
  • Wednesday, September 27th 2017 Diamonds in the Rust
    at IRP Folk Festival
    West Bloomfield, MI

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