Becky Kapell

Americana/Country/Singer/Songwriter

“This late-bloomer Minneapolis country crooner fell in with esteemed local twang vets Paul Bergen and Erik Koskinen to craft her album, That Certain Ache. Her smoky but tender voice recalls Jeannie C. Riley while her songwriting has a Lucinda Williams-like balance of down-and-out grit and hopeful beauty, with standout cuts including the bittersweet, slow-waltzing title track and the cool-rambling Capable Man.” -Chris Riemenschneider, Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Produced, recorded, and mastered by Minnesota roots-rock all-stars Paul Bergen, Erik Koskinen and Tom Garneau, That Certain Ache is the sound of an assured singer coming into her own, and Kapell likewise discusses the ups and downs of her life with nonchalant joy and midlife wisdom.” -Jim Walsh, City Pages (Read the entire article HERE)

DJ Bill DeVille of KCMP The Current calls That Certain Ache “One of the best Americana albums of 2018 so far.” Listen to the July 1st installment of The United States of Americana HERE.

“The album made me a big fan of Kapell. It’s authentic music that comes from the soul. Recommended.” -Matt Jensen, Divide and Conquer (full review HERE)

Long Bio:

Raised in small town Minnesota, Becky moved to Portland Oregon on a whim as a young adult and began singing back-up vocals in various bands, eventually fronting her own country cover band. Along came a husband, two kids and a move back to Minnesota. “I worked full-time, raised my kids and basically forgot about music until my son started playing guitar as a teenager. After my divorce I found myself with a little more time on my hands so I picked up one of my sons guitars and began teaching myself to play for fun.”  She knew only a few chords which she played repeatedly in different combinations and rhythms until much to her surprise, melodies began to emerge and then somewhat magically, lyrics attached themselves to the melodies. She recorded 12 of those songs with old friends in Portland Oregon for her first record titled For Now released in 2012.

“Even though I had been living back in Minnesota since 1996, I didn’t know much about the music scene here because I had never been a part of it so after I released For Now in 2012 I started going out to hear music to try to figure out where I fit in.” She eventually met and started playing with local guitar ace Paul Bergen and her song writing morphed from the folkier sound of her first record to a more guitar-driven country sound. "I've always loved country music from the 50's, 60's and 70's... Johnny Cash, George Jones, Dolly Parton, The Louvin Brothers, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Skeeter Davis, Johnny Paycheck, Conway Twitty, Charley Pride, Jeannie C. Riley, Loretta Lynn, Wanda Jackson, Tammy Wynette, Buck Owens, Willie Nelson... I love the earnestness of the words and the deceptively simple melodies and the songs I'm writing now reflect that love. Plus I'm a sucker for the kick-ass guitar playing on so many of those old records and it's fun to be able to hear Paul add that on my own songs.”

Becky recently celebrated the release of her second record That Certain Ache. Recorded and produced by Bergen, the record also features his signature guitar work as well as guitar and drums by Erik Koskinen who mixed the record.  She plays with her band The Fat 6 across the midwest.

Short bio:

Minnesota songwriter and singer Becky Kapell picked up her teenage son’s guitar on a whim and began teaching herself to play at the tender age of 42. She had no intention of writing songs but as she taught herself basic chords, melodies began to emerge and then somewhat magically lyrics attached themselves to the melodies. She recorded 12 of those songs with old friends in Portland, OR (where Becky lived as a young adult) for her first record For Now, released in 2012. Based on the strength of that recording Becky caught the attention of Minnesota guitar ace Paul Bergen and as the two began playing together her song-writing morphed from the folkier sound of her first record to the more guitar-driven sound of her 2018 release That Certain Ache. Recorded and produced by Bergen, the record also features his signature guitar work as well as guitar and drums by esteemed Minnesota musician Erik Koskinen who mixed the record and helped with additional recording at his Real Phonic Studios.

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