(Rock Ridge Music)
The first time I heard this record was a few years ago. The guys had put it out independently, and I recall thinking it was just a really great rockin’ record. Well, after a few years, and after serious remastering and with a great record label behind them, Evanscapps finally get the high profile release this album so richly deserves.
Evanscapps was the side project of the late Ean Evans (Lynyrd Skynyrd) and Bobby Capps (38 Special) and their great album features eleven “Alternative Southern Rock” tunes. Capps acts as lead singer and Evans provided stellar hard rocking guitar.
About the new release, Evans said, "A lot of time, energy, and the love of many friends went into this album. The music is new with a heavy edge and a deep meaning. It has been in our hearts for a long time and finally we can share it with the world. This journey has been a roller coaster, but the timing of everything is perfect. My hope is that everyone who hears this album will be moved to change something that is wrong into something that is right for the sake of all mankind. My illness has slowed me down, but performing is what I love to do and I will be back on stage again."
“For Something or for Nothing” may be my favorite cut on the record. It’s a slower tempo song, with excellent lyrics about life, and the need for change. Well, its kind of a tie, actually, as "Anything Goes" is also a solid favorite on my iPod as well.
The opening track, “Hell if I Know,” kicks hard, as does most of the album, which utilizes a vocal filter to create a totally unique, signature sound that falls somewhere between Metallica and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
“Why” has a serious groove to it, and Ean’s theme song, “Mississippi” blends elements of blues, Southern Rock and metal into a super-nova of a song that would make Kid Rock jealous.
Ean and Bobby got a little help from Rickey Medlocke (Lynryd Skynyrd, Blackfoot); session drummer Greg Morrow; Todd Harrell (3 Doors Down);Todde Lawton; John Simpson; Hoyt Allen; Tim Cabe (guitar); and Gordon Mote (organ/strings).
Rock Ridge Music plans to donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the album in Evans' name to Lyrics For Life, a charity founded by labelmates Sister Hazel that benefits children with cancer and their families.
A great album. A great cause. What else can one ask for?
-Michael Buffalo Smith