Muddy & the Blue
After releasing three critically acclaimed records between 2003 and 2007 with Memphis-based band The Central Standards, co-founder and songwriter/singer/guitarist Jeffrey C. Capps steps out with his solo debut The Muddy and the Blue. Over the course of ten songs about everything from fire to jumbo jets to the Mississippi River, The Muddy and the Blue alternately tiptoes around and boldly steps across the fine lines that define every day of our lives, often against the backdrop of Capps' longtime hometown of Memphis, Tenn. Local roots-rock mainstays David Twombly (drums, guitar, vocals, harmonica) and TJ Boland (bass, vocals) round out Capps' live and studio ensemble. The record was produced by Kenny Jones at Cotton Ridge Recording in Cordova, Tenn. While sticking close to Memphis for the most part and building a strong local following there, Capps' former band The Central Standards also did some regional touring, playing in cities such as St. Louis, Kansas City, Chicago and Iowa City. The band's second album Can't Remember the Last Time was named one of the top 10 local recordings of 2005 by The Commercial Appeal. On the strength of that record and their live performances, The Central Standards were named winners of Memphis station Rock 103's inaugural "Great Unsigned" contest, earning them a slot opening the 2006 Beale Street Music Festival. Drawing inspiration from artists ranging from Paul Westerberg to Bob Dylan to Gram Parsons, Capps also identifies closely with the myriad sounds that make Memphis music, past and present, undeniably profound--what he calls in one song on The Muddy and the Blue "the beat you could never lose".