Willie Sugarcapps – Paradise Right Here (2016)

Posted by on April 15, 2016as

coverThree years and one Independent Music Association win for Americana Album of the Year later, this singer-songwriter supergroup of sorts reconvenes for release number two. Any quintet with four strong multi-instrumentalist/vocalists and three veteran songcrafters in Will Kimbrough, Grayson Capps and Anthony Crawford has a surplus of talent most bands would envy. Singer Savana Lee, who along with Crawford comprises the Sugarcane Jane duo, even designed the artwork.

 

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Boasting a predominantly acoustic, generally ballad approach with only the most basic of percussion, the music is appropriately rootsy yet surprisingly full. The 11 tracks span folk, country with hints of blues, subtle swampy rock, and in “Magnolia Springs,” even a jaunty jazzy swing. While Sugarcapps isn’t the Eagles or Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young in the singing department, the lead vocals with backing harmonies on selections such as the opening “Dreamer’s Sky” and the lilting “Love Be Good to Me” display a solid sense of vocal arrangements that could be used to better advantage. When Capps takes the lead on his “May We Love” his southern drawl and natural rasp combined with Lee’s more fluid style makes the song bloom with all the emotion implied in its title.

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