How Many Reasons Do You Need to Celebrate the Capricorn Revival?
How many reasons do you need to celebrate the Capricorn Revival? We might suggest 79 of ’em, from The Allman Brothers Band and Captain Beyond to Kitty Wells and White Witch. From Elvin Bishop and The Dixie Dregs to The Marshall Tucker Band and Wet Willie.
And that’s just the first generation, from 1969 to 1979. The second surge, in the 1990s, included Cake, Gov’t Mule, 311, Kenny Chesney, Widespread Panic, Col. Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit, and the two Hempilation albums.
The label actually began on ATCO, an Atlantic subsidiary, with the notation Capricorn Series. It was so named for the Zodiac sign of Phil Walden, who birthed the company with brother Alan, and of Jerry Wexler of Atlantic Records, who helped the Waldens get Capricorn off the ground.
There was the heavy influence of Southern rock and blues with artists such as Eric Quincy Tate, Johnny Jenkins, Delbert McClinton, and James Montgomery, of course, but also jazz from Eddie Henderson, Southern jazz fusion from Sea Level, folk from Livingston Taylor and Jonathan Edwards, and much, much more. Not to mention — again — White Witch! All told, 79 albums. How many do you have?
So along comes Capricorn Revival: A Commemorative Concert celebrating the Rebirth of Capricorn Sound Studios, featuring the songs of Capricorn Records with Musical Director Chuck Leavell and special guests Jaimoe (Allman Brothers Band), Taj Mahal, John Bell (Widespread Panic), Charlie Starr (Blackberry Smoke), Marcus King, Brent Cobb, Duane Betts (the Allman Betts Band), The Randall Bramblett Band, Jimmy Hall (Wet Willie), Tommy Talton (Cowboy), and more!
To commemorate the reopening of Capricorn Sound Studios, Capricorn Revival on December 3 will feature the songs of Capricorn Records with Musical Director Chuck Leavell and Special Guests Taj Mahal, John Bell, Jimmy Hall, Marcus King, Jaimoe, Tommy Talton, Charlie Starr, Brent Cobb, Randall Bramblett, Duane Betts, and more to be announced! Tickets available October 11! [http://bit.ly/2oBB1Jj]
Posted by Macon City Auditorium on Monday, September 30, 2019
The show is Tuesday, December 3, at the Macon Civic Auditorium. Berry Oakley’s Jive Ass Review is performing immediately after the Capricorn Revival at Grant’s Lounge.