Michael Capella's songs and musical style began to evolve with
his mother's love of music. At a young age she introduced him to the Weavers;
Simon & Garfunkel; Glen Campell; Bob Dylan; Mammas & Pappas, Peter, Paul
& Mary; and eventually the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and many
others. Michael started playing acoustic guitar at the age of fourteen
so he could accompany himself on songs by artists such as James Taylor,
Arlo Guthrie, Neil Young; Crosby, Stills & Nash; John Prine, and Cat Stevens.
As a fourth generation Californian growing up in greater Sacramento area,
Michael spent many evenings singing around beach and camp fires in northern
California camp grounds such as MacKerricher Beach in Fort Bragg and Folsom
In his early twenties he fell in love with the sound of pedal steel guitar
in Elton John's "Country Comfort" and CSN&Y's "Teach Your Children". He
found a pedal steel guitar book by Winnie Winston in a used book store,
and after reading it decided to buy his first pedal steel (MSA double
neck) and hide out in the spare room for over a year learning how to play
it. Over the past twenty-five years Michael has played steel with a number
of Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa area bands and artists including: Change
of Pace, Joe Richie, The Sedans, Bob Reid and the Dads, Jessie Chishom,
Ginny Mitchell, and Hot Spur.
He currently performs
with the Santa Rosa based acoustic band Late Harvest, playing dobro and
acoustic guitar, and performing a number of his originals as part of the
band's diverse repertoire.
Although he wrote
and co-wrote a few songs back in the late 70's and early 80's, he hadn't
written a song in over fifteen years when a close friend's wedding inspired
him to craft "The Space was Empty". Once that spring was tapped a steady
river of songs has begun to flow, typically drawn from life's experiences,
his and those around him.
"These Days", Michael's
first CD of original songs presents fourteen of these new songs. He considers
his music to be contemporary folk, and his tasteful arrangement and production
draw on his years as a sideman in various folk and country bands.
Michael plans to
release his second CD of original music, tentatively titled "Late Harvest"
in early 2007. Samples of some songs from this upcoming release will be
available on his webpage in late summer 2006.