About Annie & Rod
Songs about broken things and poignant little ponderings are delivered with a rootsy vibe, a touch of twang and a soulful groove. Annie and Rod are on a musical journey that began in 1982, culminating into a symbiotic sound that reflects their deep and intuitive understanding of each other. Annie’s disarming, youthful voice and solid command of her guitar are punctuated by Rod’s effortless, accompaniment and beautiful solo work on guitar and viola. Together they weave unforgettable melodies that are at once intricate and sparse – musically completing each others’ sentences.
“With wit and humility, Annie and Rod captivated our audience right from the first song, all the way to the standing ovation and encore.” – Elaine Mahon, Sandhill Stage, Gainesville, FL
Over the years, Annie and Rod have done it all; from rock to musical theater and while they continue to draw from a wide range of genres and influences, what comes out is a hybrid sound all their own. Genuine and playful; effortless and endearing; this duo has been enchanting audiences in quality music venues, house concerts, coffeehouses and festivals throughout their home state of Michigan and beyond.
“When I look around the room at an Annie and Rod Capps performance, I see a lot of smiling faces with eyes riveted to the stage…there is a magic that energizes an audience. I can’t wait to bring them back to our concert series!” – Tim Piazza, Concerts at the Cabin, Evansville, Indiana
Their latest release, When They Fall, hit the streets in September of 2019, debuting at #5 on the Folk Radio Charts with the #1 song once again featured Mike Shimmin on drums. Searching for Neverland, their long-anticipated follow-up to their acclaimed 2009 release, My Blue Garden, delivers songs that have been road-tested, finely crafted and meticulously arranged over the past 6 years. By design this album is stylistically diverse, yet the songs work together as a collection of whimsical and smart, reflections and stories. Musically, it retains the familiar Capps sound that meets at the intersection of Americana & Folk with rock, jazz and bluegrass influences.
“Take Me To The Fair” was released in 2011 as a limited edition EP and features their illustrious trio-mate Jason Dennie on mandolin and vocals. Annie and Rod were itching to return to the studio and record a handful of their newly penned songs like “Pocket Full of Words”, “Take Me To The Fair” and “Pretty Memories”. They also included an instrumental interpretation of and old fiddle tune called “Whiskey Before Breakfast” and redux versions of “In this Town” and “The Ring”. The trio spent an afternoon in the studio around microphones and recorded the entire set of 6 songs live! Only one song has some harmony vocal overdubs. Several of these songs will be enhanced and included on a full length album to be released later in 2014.
Their sixth CD, “My Blue Garden” (2009), features some of their absolute best work to date. The album became a quick favorite of many folk DJs placing it at #2 on the charts with both the #1 and #3 songs for the month. It remains in regular rotation earning them yet another top 40 album this time in 2009.
“With “My Blue Garden”, Annie and Rod Capps have proven themselves to be master gardeners in the area of contemporary folk. All of the songs on the album are stand-outs!” – Lilli Kuzma, Folk Festival, WDCB, Glen Elyn, IL
Seeded with fresh, beautifully crafted songwriting, “My Blue Garden” is a collage of soulful sketches rooted in small town USA, where familiar and accessible characters might be your next door neighbor, a member of the family or a close friend. Co-produced by Glenn Brown (Jeff Daniels, Rachael Davis, Steppin in it) this album features an essential cast of some of Michigan’s finest musicians most prominently, Jason Dennie, a regular addition to their live shows, on virtuoso mandolin and sweet harmony vocals. Drew Howard soars on pedal steel and dobro, and the angelic voices of Rachael Davis and Jan Krist are high points.
“Great songs, well sung with hot licks — can’t beat that combination!”
– Joel Mabus, Singer/Songwriter
2007’s “In This Town” is Annie and Rod Capps’ fifth release and showcases Annie’s most compelling songwriting to date. Folk DJs across the country and abroad added “In this Town” to their playlists placing it in the top 40 on the Folk Radio charts for 2007, with the title track reaching #3 (Aug ’07). It’s a cohesive collection of vignettes told from the perspective of both observer and actor before backdrops ranging from a friendly town cafe to an empty house; a dark bar to a front porch; a jail cell to the wide open road. The result is a melange of simple, evocative stories about familiar human emotions delivered with the appealing mixture of tenderness and sass that is signature Annie.
“Annie and Rod Capps write complex, winding melodies that fit Annie’s delicate voice perfectly. She sings with a relaxed, clean Midwestern twang, sliding you into the middle of lives and situations that are always interesting and dotted with real insight.” – Dave Siglin, The Ark
Plays Well With Others
Annie & Rod recently joined forces with Jan Krist & Jim Bizer along with Alan Finkbeiner to form the super group “Diamonds in the Rust” – Find out more at https://diamondsintherust.net
Annie is a member of the Yellow Room Gang, a group of renowned singer/songwriters (www.yellowroomgang.com) who meet monthly to share food and new works in progress and perform together in various incarnations and venues.
She is the founding member of Songwriter’s Anonymous, a networking collective of 60+ members of the local music community.
When they aren’t busy making their own music, Annie and Rod are often called upon to play supporting roles for other artists. Both are featured on recordings by Allison Downey, The Milroys, Whit Hill, John Latini, Judy Insley, Dan Hazlett and many others.
Annie and Rod have warmed up audiences for Lucy Kaplansky, Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart, Tracy Grammer, The Kennedys, David Bromberg, Joe Jencks, Mustard’s Retreat and many others.
Festival performance credits include the Kerrville Folk Festival as a New Folk Finalist 2012 & 2010 (Kerrville, TX), Kingsville Folk Festival (2014), Ann Arbor Folk Festival (2007), Wheatland Music Festival, Noreast’r Festival, Thumbfest, Thunderbay Folk Festival, Blissfest, Arts, Beats and Eats, Ann Arbor Summer Festival, Riverfolk Festival and more.
They’ve headlined at:
- The Ark (Ann Arbor, MI)
- Trinity House Theater (Livonia, MI)
- Mama’s Coffee House (Birmingham, MI)
- Salt of the Earth (Fennville, MI)
- Two Way Street Coffee House (Downer’s Grove, IL)
- Songbird Sanctuary (Houston, TX)
- Folk’n Great House Concerts (Rockville, MD)
- Cousin Andy’s Coffee House (Carbondale, IL)
- Bound for Glory (Ithaca, NY)
- Concerts at the Cabin (Evansville, IN)
- Carrick’s House Concerts (Clarkston, MI)
- Doss Barn Concerts (Evansville, IN)
- Indy Folk Series (Evansville, IN)
- Music Under the Pines (Hazlett, MI)
- PALamazoo Barn Concerts (Kalamazoo, MI)
- Northwind House Concerts (Kalamazoo, MI)
- KPIG “Please Stand By” Show (Watsonville, CA)
- Charlotte’s Web Concerts (Rockford, IL)
- West Bethesda Folk Concerts (Montpelier, OH)
- Caledon House Concerts (Caledon, Ontario, Canada)
- FolkStage on WFMT (Chicago, IL)
and many excellent acoustic music venues in California, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin…so far.
Jason Dennie – Mandolin and Harmony
Since 2006, Jason Dennie, has played an essential role in the Annie & Rod Capps band. It’s no surprise he’s one Michigan’s most sought after award-winning instrumentalists and their sound consistently benefits from his decades of experience across genres. A true collaborator, Jason has been deeply involved with the arrangements, contributing his wildly creative mandolin and instinctive harmony. With Jason, the Capps’ songs and shows are always kicked up a notch. In addition, to his skills on mandolin, Jason is a phenomenal finger-style guitarist and a wonderful singer/songwriter. (http://jasondennie.com)
Ozzie Andrews – Bass
A more recent addition to their live concerts and recent recording, Dan Ozzie Andrews brings with him a degree in jazz bass and vast experience in all musical styles. Though Annie & Rod have known Dan for over 20 years, the stars aligned finally when they crossed paths with his other band, Cold Tone Harvest, and he’s been adding the rock solid and creative low-end to their songs for over a year now.