Although it skirts mere local color at times, Grayson Capps' new full-length The Lost Cause Minstrels finds the Alabama singer and songwriter fruitfully puzzled at the world's rough ways. Whether he's speeding down Highway 42 or drinking in a barbecue joint somewhere between Mobile and New Orleans, Capps makes his stories of no-good women and lethal liquor signify — Lost Cause Minstrels benefits from the second-line feel of John Milham's drumming and some tasteful horn arrangements. "Jane's Alley Blues" revisits New Orleans singer Richard (Rabbit) Brown's 1927 recording. The production pits Capps' heavy voice against a variety of settings that include some well-judged background singing and rhythm tracks that will get you over the spots where the local color becomes too much. If Capps makes his dire situations sound like fun, that might mean he knows something we don't. Maybe you could call it the blues.