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Skope Magazine Review for Igniting the Flame

Scott Smith delivers a blistering, bluesy take on the classic rock sound with the surefire “Igniting The Flame”. Neatly drawing from folk, country, all anchored within a careful singer-songwriter tradition the pieces linger in the mind. Riffs roll across the luxurious hyperactive pieces. Tempos rush through with a truly muscular presence. By far though the true heart of the collection comes with the strong, poetic quality of the lyricism. Delivered with the utmost of passion everything works in unison to create a spirit that feels positively infectious. Easily the highlight, “Igniting The Flame” simply stuns. From the fiddle work to the backup vocalists, it all adds to a crazed manic kind of energy. Much more laid-back “My Soul To Keep” chooses a leisurely groove, complete with a soulful saxophone adding to the overall tenderness of the track. A shaggy dog story emerges on the flexible, organ led saga of “Rolling Home”. With a bit of soul, the way the piece evolves gives it a sunlit quality. Distortion rules supreme on the playful humorous “Eating Like Hippies”. Incredibly hyper-detailed the song speeds forward in a glorious blur. A western twang emerges on the powerful swagger of “Drop Kick It”. Guitar and organ work in unison on the infectious melody of “Bulls Eye To My Heart” where everything mixes into a majestic whole.
Aptly named, “Igniting The Flame” shows off Scott Smith’s sense of defiance as everything merges into a singular whole.


By Max Chuancey

Fantasy Studio Pictures

Having a great time down at Fantasy Studio’s

These are picture’s of Julie Wolf (my producer) Alberto Hernandez (the engineer)

and Vicki Randle ( the backup singer).

Too much fun!

 

 

Gondola Review (Hungarian)

A really special is the debut album by the American musician, Scott Smith. The Sum Of Life titled disk 10 shots. The authenticity of the publication, including the type that almost every number in a different musical style. The disc’s opening, the title track “The Sum of Life”, for example, a folk ballad, in which the contents of the past in terms of a kind of life summary. The “Blues” Guitar Slinger “a little Blues”, “Bad Dreams” and “The Best Gift” in a small country, “The World Is Strange and a little bit of” boogie woogie-get at the plate.

Scott Smith’s work in preparing the disk, Nina Gerber (guitar), Mitch Woods (piano), Tommy Tutone (drums), Vic Carberry (piano) and Giovanni Imbesi (keyboards).

For those of you who love the diverse, mainly in terms of the style of balladisztikus albums the perfect choice for Smith’s debut album The Sum Of Life.

https://gondola.hu/cikkek/105553-Amerikai_folkzene_Svedorszagbol.html

 

Ung Tro Review

This is a fun one!

 

Translation:

Great charm in the best moments

Starts with a great instrumental song before rocking bilå bath country smoker Eclipsing Moon kicks off the whole thing. Payday is nice boogiewoggie (how spells now?) and the stable guitar game that let Mark Knopfler in Determination is as delightful as the lovely piano-driven The World Is Strange. The toughest of them all is Messing With Reality where it played dirty, Scott sings with the greatest charm and it also are treated to a little whistle. Good so. Scott sings with the greatest charm and it also are treated to a little whistle. Good so.

Rootstime Review

http://rootstime.be/CD%20REVIEUW/2016/NOV1/CD74.html

This is a Swedish publication

 

Translation

On the cover of the cd “The Sum of Life”, the debut album by the Americana blues rocker Scott Smith

From San Francisco, is none other than God at the wheel of a Cadillac- Convertible from 1967, something many of us also probably would like to do while we’re on the bvb. ‘ Route 66’ may rapture.

Enough reamed about unrealistic and unattainable and so but quickly back to reality and the 11 songs that Scott Smith for this new album has composed. He mixes on this handsome way music genres such as Americana, blues and country in each other, giving his plate quite varied and soft sounds.

The album title track “The Sum of Life” (see video) is only instrumental song on this cd and is carried by two acoustic guitars played by Scott Smith and Nina Gerber, while Jeff Martin on Acoustic bass guitar and plays the violin of David LaFlamme of the rock band ‘ It’s a Beautiful Day’ from San Francisco to star In this stylish and soothing track.  

Therefore only ten songs that also some more of instrumental support. That ‘ road trip ‘ through the songs starts with the energetic blues rocker “Eclipsing Moon”, followed by “Blues Guitar Slinger”, two tracks in which the sound of Stevie Ray Vaughn and/or Tony Joe White. In between we get also the smooth rocking country “Payday”.

“Bad Dreams” and “The Best Gift” are more traditional-sounding folk songs in which the violin of David LaFlamme pops up again in the foreground. Gailene Elliott brought it together with singer honkytonk number “The World Is Strange” and the ripping guitar rocker “Over It Soon” are the last two notable tracks from “The Sum Of Life”, a remarkable debut album by Scott Smith.

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My First Video on YouTube

Hot of the press: Here is my first video for the title song off of my debut album “The Sum of Life”

CrossRadar Review

 

Scott Smith – Sum Of Life

Scott Smith’s music is understated but self assured, with a slight Celtic lilt to be found in the use of acoustic guitar and violin on the opening instrumental that sets the tone for the album in a thoughtful way.

Scott Smith - Sum of LifeOnce ‘Eclipsing Moon’ kicks in, we are hurtled into a fast moving smoky rock track that pulls in some blues and laces it with psychedelia – check out that swirling organ. ‘Blues Guitar Slinger’ maintains the momentum, with a call and answer trick on the chorus between the vocal line and the lead guitar response, while ‘Payday’ goes a little more old school with some honky tonk piano and slacker vocals that slur their way through the track, making for some fun kick-back-and-relax listening. One of the key areas that really shine on the album are the sizzling backing vocals, sassy and powerful, at times evoking Clare Torry’s spectacular performance on Pink Floyd’s ‘The Great Gig In The Sky’.

While Scott Smith might not be breaking any new ground with Sum Of Life, it remains an album that is one hundred percent true to itself without being awkward. Throughout the album there is the sense of someone who has really applied themselves to get what is in their head out and into musical form, which so many will know is no mean feat.

 

Matheson’s Entertainment Review

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Bay Area based singer/songwriter Scott Smith creates music that consists of many different genres of music. Country, Blues and other styles all blend together to form Smith’s version of Americana. In order to help Scott Smith bring his musical vision to life, he called upon several talented people. Among them are: pianist Mitch Woods; drummer Vic Carberry; pianist and keyboardist Giovanni Imbesi; Smith’s vocal coach Gailene Elliot, sings backup; Bluegrass mandolinist David Grisman; virtuoso classical and rock violinist David LaFlamme and bassist Jeff Martin. These musicians bring Scott Smith’s The Sum of Life alive.

The Sum of Life album from Scott Smith begins with the instrumental title track of the release. The folk track “The Sum of Life” begins with a very soft acoustic guitar from Scott Smith that is quickly joined by violinist David LaFlamme who adds a gentle violin solo. The duo of Smith and LaFlamme are soon joined by lead guitarist Nina Gerber who adds the texture to the track. The trading off between guitarist Gerber and violinist LaFlamme create a gentle duet of sorts that helps to keep the track interesting for the short 3-minute playing time.

With the song “Eclipsing Moon,” The Sum of Life from Scott Smith picks up a lot of energy. Exchanging the folk feel of the previous track for a stronger Rock and Roll feel, Scott Smith and the rest of his musical ensemble add electric guitars, organ and a stronger bass part for a straight-out Rock and Roll track. The result is a rather unusual track that pairs up somewhat romantic lyrics about spending time together with a strong Rock approach in the music. Although it seems to be a slightly unusual combination, the track of “Eclipsing Moon” is strong and fun to listen to.

On “Blues Guitar Slinger,” Scott Smith creates the next chapter in the music book that already includes the likes of “Johnny B. Goode” from Chuck Berry and “Tupelo Mississippi Flash” from Jerry Reed. Like the previous two songs, “Blues Guitar Slinger” follows the exploits of a musician just making a living. Scott Smith’s song focuses on a slightly different instrument, a slightly different style of playing, yet the same way of storytelling about a legendary figure as he makes his rounds.

On the song “Payday,” Scott Smith takes the sound of his music back to the days of roots rock where people like Bill Hailey, Jerry Lee Lewis and Buddy Holly were creating a new style that separated itself from the Country music of the time. “Payday” features that early Rock and Roll style that centers around the sound of a Honky Tonk piano. The Honky Tonk piano playing on “Payday” comes from Mitch Woods who really adds that classic sound that makes the track sound as genuine as anything that would have come from the days of the early 1950s.

While musically in the past, Scott Smith and the rest of the musicians create a track that brings back the sound and feel of classic Country music. The song “Bad Dreams” contains an easy pace and classic lyrical content that would easily fit in on Country radio back in the sixties. The violin from David LaFlamme helps to add that classic flavor to the track while Gailene Elliott’s vocals help to add a little bit of a duet feel to the song.

The feel of the music on Scott Smith’s new album changes yet again on the track “The Best Gift”. While the previous track contained an old-fashioned Country approach, Smith gives “The Best Gift” a definite Folk flavor to the music. The lyrics about the births of his two children add an emotional touch to the release. “The Best Gift” is one of the most beautiful moments on the release.

After spending a few tracks in the Folk/Country frame of mind, Scott Smith changes directions. For the track “Determination,” the music takes on more of a Rock and Roll feel. The track has a timeless feel to the music as it could fit in with almost any time period within the Rock and Roll era. The track has a strong refrain that makes the song feel just right for commercial radio play.

Along with “Determination,” the song of “The World is Strange” is also a track that features a strong Rock and Roll feel. The track begins with a sound and musical feel that will remind some of something from Eddie Cochran; most specifically, “Summertime Blues”. And while there is that Eddie Cochran influence, the track is equal parts electric guitar and piano so that it also feels like a combination of Cochran and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Throughout the eleven tracks that make up Bay Area singer/songwriter Scott Smith’s new release of The Sum of Life, the listener gets plenty of noteworthy moments to enjoy. The ever-changing styles of music contained within the album feels very much like an entire collection of music on one release. Smith and the rest of the musicians who brought the album to life have created a very strong debut that only hints at the talent of a talented singer-songwriter.

Bay Area based singer/songwriter Scott Smith creates music that consists of many different genres of music. Country, Blues and other styles all blend together to form Smith’s version of Americana. In order to help Scott Smith bring his musical vision to life, he called upon several talented people. Among them are: pianist Mitch Woods; drummer Vic Carberry; pianist and keyboardist Giovanni Imbesi; Smith’s vocal coach Gailene Elliot, sings backup; Bluegrass mandolinist David Grisman; virtuoso classical and rock violinist David LaFlamme and bassist Jeff Martin. These musicians bring Scott Smith’s The Sum of Life alive.

The Sum of Life album from Scott Smith begins with the instrumental title track of the release. The folk track “The Sum of Life” begins with a very soft acoustic guitar from Scott Smith that is quickly joined by violinist David LaFlamme who adds a gentle violin solo. The duo of Smith and LaFlamme are soon joined by lead guitarist Nina Gerber who adds the texture to the track. The trading off between guitarist Gerber and violinist LaFlamme create a gentle duet of sorts that helps to keep the track interesting for the short 3-minute playing time.

With the song “Eclipsing Moon,” The Sum of Life from Scott Smith picks up a lot of energy. Exchanging the folk feel of the previous track for a stronger Rock and Roll feel, Scott Smith and the rest of his musical ensemble add electric guitars, organ and a stronger bass part for a straight-out Rock and Roll track. The result is a rather unusual track that pairs up somewhat romantic lyrics about spending time together with a strong Rock approach in the music. Although it seems to be a slightly unusual combination, the track of “Eclipsing Moon” is strong and fun to listen to.

On “Blues Guitar Slinger,” Scott Smith creates the next chapter in the music book that already includes the likes of “Johnny B. Goode” from Chuck Berry and “Tupelo Mississippi Flash” from Jerry Reed. Like the previous two songs, “Blues Guitar Slinger” follows the exploits of a musician just making a living. Scott Smith’s song focuses on a slightly different instrument, a slightly different style of playing, yet the same way of storytelling about a legendary figure as he makes his rounds.

On the song “Payday,” Scott Smith takes the sound of his music back to the days of roots rock where people like Bill Hailey, Jerry Lee Lewis and Buddy Holly were creating a new style that separated itself from the Country music of the time. “Payday” features that early Rock and Roll style that centers around the sound of a Honky Tonk piano. The Honky Tonk piano playing on “Payday” comes from Mitch Woods who really adds that classic sound that makes the track sound as genuine as anything that would have come from the days of the early 1950s.

While musically in the past, Scott Smith and the rest of the musicians create a track that brings back the sound and feel of classic Country music. The song “Bad Dreams” contains an easy pace and classic lyrical content that would easily fit in on Country radio back in the sixties. The violin from David LaFlamme helps to add that classic flavor to the track while Gailene Elliott’s vocals help to add a little bit of a duet feel to the song.

The feel of the music on Scott Smith’s new album changes yet again on the track “The Best Gift”. While the previous track contained an old-fashioned Country approach, Smith gives “The Best Gift” a definite Folk flavor to the music. The lyrics about the births of his two children add an emotional touch to the release. “The Best Gift” is one of the most beautiful moments on the release.

After spending a few tracks in the Folk/Country frame of mind, Scott Smith changes directions. For the track “Determination,” the music takes on more of a Rock and Roll feel. The track has a timeless feel to the music as it could fit in with almost any time period within the Rock and Roll era. The track has a strong refrain that makes the song feel just right for commercial radio play.

Along with “Determination,” the song of “The World is Strange” is also a track that features a strong Rock and Roll feel. The track begins with a sound and musical feel that will remind some of something from Eddie Cochran; most specifically, “Summertime Blues”. And while there is that Eddie Cochran influence, the track is equal parts electric guitar and piano so that it also feels like a combination of Cochran and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Throughout the eleven tracks that make up Bay Area singer/songwriter Scott Smith’s new release of The Sum of Life, the listener gets plenty of noteworthy moments to enjoy. The ever-changing styles of music contained within the album feels very much like an entire collection of music on one release. Smith and the rest of the musicians who brought the album to life have created a very strong debut that only hints at the talent of a talented singer-songwriter.

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Scott Smith 'The Sum of Life'Americana and blues rocker Scott Smith’s 11-track debut album, The Sum of Life, was released at the end of 2015. The singer/songwriter has a tendency of composing some pretty catchy melodies which, combined with thoughtful lyrics reflecting the state of society, make for some solid songs.

The title track, which opens up the album, is particularly noteworthy. As the lone instrumental number of the set, it immediately makes one word come to mind as the first notes hit: beautiful. Violins and plucked acoustic guitars gently tell a silent tale, its delicate nature making it soothing, and its tempo, neither slow nor fast, is uplifting in a reflective way. This elegant song could easily be something a bride would choose to walk down the aisle to. “The Best Gift”, a folk song with an almost Celtic touch, is the other gentle track, with the softly played violins and piano giving it a soothing sweetness.

The other tracks on The Sum of Life range from folk to Americana, and some of them are just pure rocking numbers. A keyboard opens the mid-tempo, yet energetic Americana-laced “Eclipsing Moon”. Of the same genre, “Bad Dreams” brings violins and guitars to the forefront, using them to create a quiet, almost dreamy introspective piece. Country tracks include “Payday”, a number that has a very up-tempo, danceable feel that contrasts with lyrics which reflect some of the challenges of working in today’s society.

Another up-tempo, infectious, and engaging number is “Blues Guitar Slinger”, which is a rocker despite its title. The distorted electric guitars in the loud, energetic, and fun “Over It Soon” make it a unique number in this set. Similarly, a stomping piano on “The World Is Strange” makes it too stand out from the rest of the pack. Smith chose “Messing with Reality” to end the album with another dose of high energy.

For fans of Americana, this might be a singer/songwriter worth giving a shot, both on studio recordings and live. More information about Scott Smith is available on his official website and on his Facebook page.

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2016-08-31

Musicemissions Album Review

Music Emissions: Rate, Recommend, Review

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It makes for a strong homage to classic rock ‘n’ roll. Smith fits in snugly wrapped in the trappings of the great sounds of the music’s past. His vocals call to mind Mick Jagger and Bob Dylan among others. The music can take a bluesy sound, a  country flavor and on the opening cut there are prog touches. The lyrics call to mind the Rolling Stones, Johnny Rivers, Rick Derringer, Pink Floyd, Devo and others. “The Best Gift of My Life” shows he can come up with a beautiful melody. The words are worth reflection. Smith’s life experiences are worth sharing, and his vocal delivery underscores he’s not posing. It’s an upbeat journey he takes us on throughout these 11 cuts. Love is on his mind. And he doesn’t sound jaded in his tales. He doesn’t seem like a hopeless romantic. The music underscores a desire to connect with his listener as well as bear his soul.

All the analysis need not be ladled on in describing this record. It’s plenty of fun, listening to each song.  The tempos change freely from one  track to the next. Hard rock is comfortable terrain, displaying his rocking skills on “Over It Soon.”  It’s just plain catchy. This could serve as the description for much of what’s offered here. Even if I haven’t listened to as much classic rock lately, I can’t stop thinking about the masters. These cuts show their tradition can be built on and made into something, which represents solid entertainment and art. The words don’t make  me cringe. The hooks are welcome. I’m sure Smith has more tales of adventure to share with us as he explores his California roots. Whether whistling, strumming or singing. Smith should continue to make his mark. There’s plenty to revisit, making this album worth spinning over and over. There must be a breeding ground for more great music in his musical vision.

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