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Scott Smith is an Americana Rock artist out of California. Scott has a passion for powerful music that lifts your spirits and gets you moving. Inspired by the early origins of American music, Scott takes an Americana sound and adds elements of blues rock to create something fresh. His most recent project ‘Igniting the Flame’ is a stand-out example of his passionate work.
Scott Smith has delivered an Americana, folky, blues-rockin’ great time on his new album Igniting The Flame.
The opening Drop Kick It introduces us to Scott’s aurally stimulating barrage of sweet guitars, swingin’ horns, foot stompin’ rhythms and a story about letting go of that bad day you just experienced.
Igniting The Flames blasts off with distorted guitars, an upbeat rhythm, gritty but soulful background vocals and enough jam to keep your body rockin’ nonstop. When that fiddle kicks in for the solo, buckle up!
It’s obvious by now Scott Smith has arrived to infect our bodies with upbeat music despite any and all downers that might be attached to his lyrical substance.
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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.
I had the great opportunity to work with Vicki Randle last night at Fantasy Studio in Berkeley.
She was performing the back up vocals for my next release Igniting the Flame due out this October.
She currently is a back up singer for Mavis Staples. I asked her if she would be okay with taking some footage
while she performed and she said sure. While taking the pictures I checked with her to make sure it
wouldn’t be to distracting, she said ” heck no, I was on TV for 18 years”. I said oh ya what show?
She said the Tonight Show. I thought whoa! I remembered you, they would feature you from time to
time. So I looked into her more and found this video of her performing a duet with George Benson on
the last show with Tom Snyder way back. Needless to say, she did an amazing job on back ups.
This was my Twenty Feet from Stardom moment. Although she is a star.
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Playlist dated: July 28, 2017
Scott Smith The Sum Of Life
Scott Smith Determination
(CD The Sum Of Life)
Mungo’s Hi Fi feat. Eva Lazarus Amsterdam
Mungo’s Hi Fi feat. Eva Lazarus Live My Life
People Vs Larsen One More Time
People Vs Larsen Loving Losing
(CD Loving Losing)
Como Brothers Magic
Jardier Autumn In July
Jardier Dust Of Time
(CD Jardier – Comrad Film CMD CD 002)
Bobbo Byrnes To The Door
Bobbo Byrnes No Expectations
(CD Motel Americana)
Retrospective For Love The Picture You Show Me
Retrospective For Love Sweet Little Face
(CD Random Activities Of A Heart)
Steve McNaughton One Of Those Nights
Steve McNaughton Cross Country
(CD Eagles Aloft – SM13001)
The Uprising Isle Of Saints
The Uprising That’s The Way Of The World
(CD Isle Of Saints)
Jon Strider Loves Me To Life
Jon Strider Turn To You
(CD Soul Reunion – New Sky Records NS-1033)
Cookin’ On 3 Burners Real Life Baby
Cookin’ On 3 Burners Lone Wolfe
(CD Lab Experiments Vol.1)
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.