Bill Scorzari Releases Through These Waves,
Produced by Jonah Tolchin, on March 10
Bringing Together a Cast of Fine Musicians, Scorzari Explores Impassioned & Thoughtful Landscapes
Huntington, NY — New York native, Bill Scorzari, is set to independently release his sophomore album, Through These Waves, on March 10, 2017. Produced by Jonah Tolchin (Yep Roc) and engineered, mixed, and mastered by Billy Bennett, the album of all original material was recorded over twelve days at the famed Bomb Shelter in East Nashville through the studio’s 1970’s MCI console and mixed to tape. In a recent interview with No Depression, Tolchin calls Bill Scorzari, “one of the greatest songwriters I’ve ever heard.” With sincere and robust lyrics, Scorzari’s raspy vocals usher the listener breezily into his world.
Joining Scorzari on the album are Joachim Cooder (drums, percussion), Laur Joamets (electric guitar, slide guitar), Chris Scruggs (steel guitar), Will Kimbrough (mandolin, piano), Eamon McLoughlin (fiddle, viola, cello), Jon Estes (upright bass, guitar, organ), Kim Richey (vocals), Brent Burke (dobro) and more.
“Bill has a scruffy sentimentality that was comforting to behold.” Billy Bennett comments on the recording sessions, “There were humbling moments of marvel for me during the process, as the tremendous cast of musicians populated Bill’s emotional landscapes beautifully. I was privileged to have played a part.”
“The experience was surreal… transformative… unifying… effortless… and profound. In fact, this record captures every magical moment in a journal of the sound, time, friendship and passion which we all created and now share,” Scorzari depicts. “I am forever grateful to Jonah, Billy B., and equally for everyone who participated in, and made this experience and recording possible and real.”
With twelve original compositions, the album opens with a rolling, peaceful moment in the song “A Dream of You.” Bill wrote it one July morning upon waking and realizing that he had been dreaming he was writing a song. He continued to hear the melody through breakfast and it led him into a beautiful day. “The early morning sun was shining, birds were singing and the sky was an incredibly clear blue. The first two verses came to me instantly. I finished the rest a couple of weeks later,” Bill recalls. “The beginning of this recording was improvised in the studio when Joachim Cooder (drums) said, ‘Ready?’ and we all started playing, joining in one by one.”
Written from the first person stance, many of Scorzari’s songs have come together for him like writing a letter. “A Brand New Deal” is a delightful number with fiddle, dobro, and mandolin weaving together to make the song happily jump. “The most amazing thing in the world is to love and be loved. This is a love song you can dance to,” says Bill. “Shelter from the Wind” is an intimate tune written during a weeklong downpour of rain that just would not quit, in a single chair, in the quiet of an empty room. The occasion is emulated by Danny Roaman’s slide guitar and Will Kimbrough’s understated piano as Bill sings, “But, I don’t know now, if I know how, I might make it through these waves. But I will make it through these waves.”
“’Hound Dog Diggin’” takes on a different role. “This is one of my favorite tracks on the record. Jonah had a vision for it right from the start and everyone grabbed hold of it and ran with it. That focused Zen trait of doing that which you are doing while you’re doing it, is exactly what I was thinking about when I wrote this song, and it was almost prophetic how everyone in the studio immediately brought that same intensity to this recording,” says Scorzari. “Brent Burke plays some of the best dobro I’ve ever heard, and Laur Joamets added two incredible electric guitar parts to Danny Roaman’s already amazing slide work. Matt Murphy’s bass line jumps and Joachim Cooder’s drums snap and thump just so great! They all just blew this song up.”
“One of the most idiosyncratic voices I’ve ever come across,” Laur Joamets expresses. “Bill’s timbre is one-of-a-kind. It’s a great record. I’m proud to be on it.”
Annie Johnson joins Bill to sing a beautiful, “More of Your Love,” with Jon Estes adding a melodic bass line and second guitar part and Joachim Cooder’s steady kick and percussive water-droplet sounds driving the song and giving it an ethereal feel. “Holy Man” features Kim Richey’s beautiful vocals in a soul searching duet about figuring things out on your own terms and for your own well-being as time goes on.
“She Don’t Care About Auld Lang Syne” reflects on a profoundly sad breaking apart of a close relationship, while “For When I Didn’t See” and “Loser at Heart” realize awareness that even with many falls in life, seasons change, time passes and we grow and learn from our experiences as part of the journey of life. “I Can Carry This” and “It’s Time” bring moments of enlightenment through it all, with an understanding that we all have the capacity to help each other along, especially if we will just let go.
The album closes out with a confident “Riptide.” “This recording captures the feel and sounds I’ve always envisioned for the song. Joachim Cooder’s cymbal strikes make me think of a swimmer’s arms plunging rhythmically into the sea while Jonah Tolchin’s electric guitar ripples like water. It just amazes me every time I hear this track.” Bill recollects, “As fate would have it, we discovered a creaky old chair on the patio just outside the studio. I rolled it up to the console and engineer Billy Bennett put a microphone to it and recorded the sounds as I rocked back and forth. With a little studio magic Billy made it sound like a big wooden boat drifting on the waves of the ocean. It’s one of my favorite tracks on the album.”
Even through all of the chaos in the world, every time you are let down, or hurt, or feel broken, there is a softness within our hearts that will help us to come through and rise above anything that life deals us, without hardening our spirit. There’s a solemn, yet uplifting and gracious feel to Through These Waves, a gentle roll of energy in the songs and the recording experience that is emphasized in the musical collaboration that came about when the musicians entered the studio.
Will Kimbrough says, “I enjoyed playing on Bill Scorzari’s record… Boy, did it turn out fine — thoughtful, soulful songs, with -by God- real music to back them up. Top notch.”
Bill Scorzari on Solo Tour with Through These Waves
2.16 Thu – Newburyport Brewing Co – Newburyport, MA
2.17 Fri – Cape Ann Brewing Co – Gloucester, MA
2.18 Sat – Riverwalk Cafe & Music Bar – Nashua, NH*
2.21 Tue – WFUV’s On Your Radar at Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 3) – New York, NY%
3.02 Thu – Live in the Lobby at The Patchogue Theatre – Patchogue, NY^
3.08 Wed – Finley’s of Huntington – Huntington, NY
3.18 Sat – Avenue 209 – Lock Haven, PA
3.24 Fri – House Concert – Louisville, KY
3.25 Sat – Bobby’s Idle Hour – Nashville, TN
3.26 Sun – Acoustic Coffeehouse – Johnson City, TN
3.28 Tue – Awendaw Green Barn Jam – Charleston, SC
3.29 Wed – The Roasting Room (Songwriter Showdown) – Bluffton, SC
4.02 Sun – Americana Cafe Sundays – Lynn Haven, FL
4.12 Wed – Wine & Song – South Pasadena, CA
4.18 Tue – The Laughing Goat – Boulder, CO
4.29 Sat – Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 1) – New York, NY
* w/ Jeff Scroggins and Colorado
% w/ Susan Kane and Cole Quest & The City Pickers
^ w/ Toby Tobias and SEE