Three 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.
Willie Sugarcapps is a supergroup comprised of Will Kimbrough, Grayson Capps, Sugarcane Jane (Savana Lee and Anthony Crawford), and Corky Hughes. Its members — most of whom live on or near the Gulf Coast of Alabama (only Kimbrough lives in Nashville, but is an Alabama native) — came together while performing a songwriter’s round at the Frog Pond gathering on Blue Moon Farm in Silverhill, Alabama. All five have deep attachments to organic music traditions of the Deep South in general, and the Gulf Coast in particular. They enlisted Grammy-winning producer / engineer (and Capps’ longtime partner) Trina Shoemaker, who also mixed the ten-song set. The album was cut in a single eight-hour session on the front porch of Sugarcane Jane’s house. Acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins, banjos, lap steel, hand percussion, kick drum, and whatever else was available were used in the moment — though minimal overdubs were added later. Country, bluegrass, blues, roots rock, gospel, and folk come together in this Southern Americana stew that reflects the rich musical culture of the Gulf Coast.