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             Released in America last year to some acclaim, Scotty Alan’s new solo album has recently received its UK release and this former punk rocker from Upper Peninsula, Michigan will, I’m sure, be making friends over here on the back of it. Marrying a country/folk vibe to a punkish energy, these fifteen songs chart the progress of a relationship that didn’t work out. Opening with the “goodbye” song, Scotty winds back to the days when it all looked good, finding along the way that there were always signs that this wasn’t going to work out. He’s sad, he’s confused, but if he’s bitter he only allows himself to express it for comic effect (“next time I fall in love, I’m gonna do it alone”). Rather these songs are written in the spirit of the chorus to Was it Ever?. “Was it me/was it you/was it there/ was it true/ was it ever” he asks, and the whole cycle of songs is all about investigating how it all happened and how it all went wrong.

              Scotty sings in an appealing rasp that sounds remarkably Irish at times – shades of The Pogues or The Waterboys linger unexpectedly, especially when David Lindley’s fiddle playing is to the fore. Scotty’s voice is strong enough and distinctive enough to hold the centre of attention but this is a fully worked out production from Bernie Larsen (it was a bit of a trek from Michigan to LA to get this record made) and there’s a whole host of instrumentation fleshing out Scotty’s songs: organ, accordion, mandolin, slide guitar and piano (from Ian McLagan!) all find their place, and there’s a generous dose of backing vocals to boot. This record sounds best at it’s most upbeat, the old punk still enjoying it best when he can put some bounce into the performance. Your Hero? combines the energy and the folk style nicely (very Waterboys), whilst the most irresistible song is Ain’t Much, its heart-on-his-sleeve charm and rockabilly bounce hanging round just long enough to leave you wanting more. The finest song, though, may be Barn Dance; it’s a long song by his standards but marrying the state of the relationship to the drawing in of winter in Michigan gives the song a broader reach that works really well. David Lindley’s fiddle and the rolling epic nature of the song again strongly invites Waterboys comparisons but I’m not complaining about that. This is truth, honesty and entertainment all wrapped up in one package, and it’s rather good.

John Davy

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1
Rod Picott
70 pts.
Out Past The Wires
Welding Rod Music
GC,AN,LM,SZ,TK
2
JW Roy & The Royal Family
62 pts.
A Room Full Of Strangers
Royal Family Records
EM,PJ,DH
3
Steph Cameron
61 pts.
Daybreak over Jackson Street
Pheromona
ML
4
JD McPherson
54 pts.
Undivided Heart & Soul
New West
AR,RK,LK
5
Sarah Morris
53 pts.
Hearts In Need Of Repair
Independent
 
6
Turnpike Troubadours
52 pts.
Long Away From Your Heart
Bossier City Records
MA,GF
7
Chris Hillman
51 pts.
Bidin' My Time
Rounder
 
8
Hayward Williams
39 pts.
Pretenders
Why River Records
KG,JB,JBO
9
Joe Henry
38 pts.
Thrum
Ear Music
 
10
Jim White
37 pts.
Waffles, Triangles & Jesus
Loose Music
JJ
12
Margo Price
35 pts.
All American Made
Third Man Records
 
11
Mark Martyre
35 pts.
Rivers
Independent
MF
13
Mavis Staples
32 pts.
If All I Was Was Black
Anti
HO
 
Peter Oren
32 pts.
Anthropocene
Western Vinyl
RB,HB
15
Fred Wickham
29 pts.
Mariosa Delta
Thirty Days Records
 
16
Jeffrey Martin
27 pts.
One Go Around
Fluff & Gravy Records
HDB
17
Blitzen Trapper
25 pts.
Wild and Reckless
Lojinx
JDO
 
Jeff Crosby
25 pts.
Postcards From Magdalena
At The Helm Records
FCE,FC,JS
19
Dori Freeman
24 pts.
Letters Never Read
Blue Hens Music
 
 
Hardpan
24 pts.
Hardpan
Blue Rose Records
WR
21
The Deep Dark Woods
21 pts.
Yarrow
Six Shooter
JF
22
Lilly Hiatt
20 pts.
Trinity Lane
New West
TJ
 
Tom Russell
20 pts.
Folk Hotel
Frontera Records-Proper Records
JAB
24
Eilen Jewell
19 pts.
Down Hearted Blues
Signature Sounds
MW
25
Dick LeMasters
18 pts.
Incompatible Things
Longneck Road Music
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