Bonnie Arbittier / Rivard Report
Don’t worry if you missed the “secret” Aug. 23 show celebrating the release of All Right, All Night, the second album of a promised Garrett T. Capps trilogy of records. Sometimes, as Capps himself demonstrates, even the shows you miss can have a profound effect.
His parents wouldn’t give the school-age Capps permission to see a weekday Andrew W.K. concert at Sunset Station in 2002, but still, he said, “that show changed my life.” He saw the dramatically signed posters his friends had gotten after the show – a W.K. trademark – with lengthy, handwritten letters to what amounted to anonymous fans. The quirky dedication the rising pop star demonstrated gave Capps a path to emulate.
“It was like the coolest, weirdest thing,” Capps said, “and I was like, ‘I want to be like that.’”
Last week’s private advance album release show took place at The Spire near Sunset Station and was admittedly “over the top,” according to Capps. “You can get away with the bare minimum in San Antonio, and it makes me want to go as over the top as possible with whatever I do,” he said.
The official Aug. 30 public album release party at The Lonesome Rose will also live up to that billing, Capps promised, with a slate of special guests including his sometimes touring band partners Mayeux and Broussard from Austin.
Capps gained significant attention when his song “Born In San Antone” was used by the producers of the Showtime television series Billions to kick off its third season in March 2018. The song still receives 2,000 listens per week on Spotify, with a total of over 225,000 listens since its release in 2015.
“It’s awesome that it happened, but … I didn’t have the infrastructure to ride the wave any more than I did,” Capps said.
He quickly booked several tours, including Fall 2018 dates in the midwestern United States and Europe, with a return overseas pending in September.
All Right, All Night is part of maintaining that momentum and building more infrastructure, said Daniel Rosen, founder of San Antonio-based record label Shotgun House Records, which produced the album – its second for Capps following the 2018 release of In the Shadows (Again). Capps is also a partner in the label.
Rosen characterized goals for the new album modestly, as “for people to hear it.” But Capps’ ambitious touring schedule will help the album to potentially reach more listeners. Rosen said the vinyl version of In the Shadows (Again) sold out its first pressing of 500 copies (the CD version remains popular in Europe), and he hopes to not only print another pressing, but looks towards “two, or three, or four or five, or maybe 20 pressings” of All Right, All Night, “if it keeps selling.”
Capps also turned to San Antonio filmmakers Angela and Mark Walley, best known for the 2018 Tia Chuck documentary on artist Chuck Ramirez, for his first fully-produced video. Titled after the album name and eponymous first single, “All Right, All Night” plays on the importance of dreams and visions to Capps’s artistic process.
“It’s amazing to work with Garrett because he already has such a unique persona,” Angela Walley said. “It’s like he’s a character that you can see in all these different scenarios.”
Whatever scenarios the Walleys proposed, she said, Capps simply agreed to everything. “He says, ‘all right’ a lot,” she said, pointing out the appropriateness of the album title.
Walley also praised Capps’ ambition, evident not only in his touring schedule, but in the concentration of album releases. During a Monday interview, he revealed he has already recorded another album – not the anticipated third album in the promised trilogy, but more of a “straight up countrified rock and roll” record. Capps said that and the more Texas-style sound of All Right, All Night are appropriate as he expands his fan base beyond his home state.
Capps said he has modeled some of his recent career moves on Nashville musician Sturgill Simpson, with some recent synchronicities that he hopes play out as well for him as for his fellow “cosmic cowboy.” Sturgill “blew up,” in industry parlance, after playing the well-respected Portland, Oregon, music festival Pickathon. Sturgill had self-booked the tour that included Pickathon and an earlier stop at the Dolores River Festival in southwestern Colorado.
Capps also self-booked his 2019 summer tour to include both stops. Rosen called Pickathon “a really cool, well-curated, awesome festival experience in the Northwest” and said the festival has helped launch the careers of many artists.
Rosen said he hopes the same happens for Capps on a national scale, and recommended that fans should not miss the All Right, All Night album release show this week. Even if it’s missed, though, Rosen suggested other opportunities will present themselves.
“There are cool opportunities in the works that will result directly because he played the Pickathon festival,” Rosen said.
As of publication, tickets remained available for the Lonesome Rose show on Friday, Aug. 30, from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Regular tickets are $10, and an additional $20 will net ticket buyers a vinyl copy of All Right, All Night. Capps will be backed by NASA Country, several of whose members are included on the album.