Ron Capps is an emerging singer/songwriter whose first recording, Trying to Catch Amnesia, examines the lives of returning combat veterans and their families.
“Ron Capps has put together a beautiful collection of songs that do some miraculously heavy lifting as they float into my ears. Each song is a keyhole into rooms that we may want to keep the door shut and lights off. Each song reminds me that those things that we can't talk about have power over us.”
—Susan Gibson, Songwriter
Ron’s songs are narrative driven, character rich, flash fictions told by someone who has lived the lives he writes about—he is a combat disabled veteran of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
“Ron Capps weaves powerful, often dark tales in his songs. And he delivers them with honesty and depth in a stunning tenor voice that reminds me of Harry Chapin and John Denver, but is clearly his own."
—David Starr, Songwriter
Now living in Maine, before joining the Army Ron was a music student and a gigging solo performer in Virginia and North Carolina. After a career in the Army and the Foreign Service, Ron came back to music and began writing songs using his experiences in Rwanda, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Darfur, and his personal struggles with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as kindling for creating these stories.
"Heartbreaking songs, beautifully played and sung by a gifted songwriter."
—Thom Moore, Songwriter
Ron’s narrative approach is to recognize and acknowledge the inescapability of war, even once the soldier is home, and to tell the stories honestly and with an authenticity that only a survivor can detail.
“Ron Capps has put together a stunning debut album. He is a songwriter for our times—and all times.”
—Jeff Stein, Journalist
As vaccination rates climb and venue occupancy restrictions are reduced, I'll be looking to get back on stages in New England and farther afield. If you're a booking agent, if you're trying to fill festival or conference stages, or you're interested in a house concert, please reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Art & Healing
I'm available to present my Arts and Healing long show (60~90 minutes) at festivals and conferences. The performance, which I debuted in early 2020 as the keynote at the Austin Veterans Arts Festival, demonstrates how trauma survivors can use the arts as a part of their recovery, and would be useful for PTSD survivors, their family members, and healthcare providers. Built around readings from my memoir, Seriously Not All Right: Five Wars in Ten Years, and songs from my EP Trying to Catch Amnesia, the performance includes a discussion of the strategies and techniques I used for my own healing and techniques developed in consultation with researchers and health care providers like Dr. James Pennebaker, Dr. Jonathan Shay, Dr. Robert Sapolsky, and Dr. Ron Koshes. From 2011 through 2019, I was the curriculum developer and lead instructor for Operation Homecoming, a creative writing program for the Department of Defense and the National Endowment for the Arts that my colleagues in the Veterans Writing Project and I presented weekly at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), DoD’s premier research and treatment facility for PTSD and TBI. I hold a professional certificate in Integrative Health and Medicine from the University of Minnesota and I'm a trained (but not board certified) recreational therapist. I've also completed course work in Music Therapy Techniques for Wellness at Berklee College of Music, in Healing with the Arts at the University of Florida. I'm also a Registered Maine Guide so I can lead outdoor workshops, too.