Scott Cooley
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You are in the right place to catch wind of or revisit the songs of Scott Richard Cooley, American Songwriter.

"Acoustic Garage Rock, if there can be such a thing." 

unsophisticated compared to other forms of acoustic music
folk intrumentation played in a rock and roll style
brash & off-putting, yet extremely satisfying
occasional growled and shouted vocals
amateurish, naive & intentionally raw
gritty, simplistic approach
crude lo-fi/DIY aesthetic


Michigan Solo Artist's Flashes of Brilliance Lead to Discovery of Hidden Gems

Great singers and/or great instrumentalists can make mediocre songs sound good. Scott Cooley isn't in either category, but his music has proven that good songs can sound good even when the delivery isn't.  Scott's passion for writing songs and recording himself singing and playing them has led him to produce five full-length albums of diverse music with wide appeal.  For some, the first song on an album isn't necessarily their favorite, and often on Scott Cooley records, due to the song variety, yours might be a deep cut buried somewhere further down in the track order.

A first impression might be that Scott's sloppy instrument playing and limited vocal ability suggest he's an amateur in need of more practice. Despite his obvious lack of formal training and natural talent, under the surface this self-taught, do-it-all-yourselfer somehow writes and records songs that are surprisingly a good listen anyway. The concepts are clever, the messages deep, the stories enchanting, the lyrics excellent, and the simple melodies and instrumentation support them well. 

While the under-production is appealing by allowing the song quality to be easily heard, the recording quality of these homegrown tunes may take some getting used to.  In the beginning, you can hear the potential these songs have by envisioning pros recording expensive versions of them, but the more you listen the more you realize that just maybe they're better the way they are as performed and recorded by Scott himself. His style of music grows on you because through the slight imperfections and lack of polish, you hear flashes of brilliance. 

If you're a fan of popular commercial music marketed on television and radio, you might not have the patience to even try Scott Cooley.  If substance appeals to you more than performance, and you like to discover independent artists who are more like diamonds in the rough, you might want to give Scott Cooley a first (and second) listen. Once acquired, it's a taste that makes you crave more.  Fortunately, Scott's been at it for a long time and remains active, which means there's a large and always growing catalog from which to discover hidden gem songs that will delight you.

People with Scott Cooley CDs in their collection are typically generation X’ers from the great lakes region who don't take life too seriously. They appreciate the simple things in life and are satisfied with nothing more than looking out at a beautiful lake or a walk in the woods.  Outside the music mainstream is where their tastes lie, and Scott Cooley music fans are the kinds of people who are always open to wandering off the beaten path.  They might enjoy quiet pursuits like skiing or sailing to have fun, but also find time to enjoy music too - whether it's the sound of an acoustic guitar played live around a campfire, or a Scott Cooley CD on the living room stereo by the fireplace.

Women and men who work hard but like to take it easy have a fondness for this kind of music, and you might describe them with words like laid-back, casual, and mellow even though they haven't lost their wild sides and still like to rock out on occasion.  Appreciators of a variety of genres of music in which the songwriter isn't afraid to speak the truth, yet does it tastefully, tend to get into this music.  Folks who prefer to buy music that is locally made using real instruments by a real person with a certain level of intelligence, sophistication and culture - but not too much, enjoy this type of music.  

Even those residing near America's coasts have an appreciation for the midwestern culture that is evident in Scott's music.  Michiganders dig the "up north" state of mind and the weekend feel of genuine songs from this down-to-earth artist, even during the week when in their downstate home.  Most of all, they have a passion for clever lyrics & catchy tunes with lighthearted humor and good storytelling in a lo-fi acoustic rock style.  For some, it's hard to explain the strong spirit they sense behind these recordings, but the bottom line is listening to Scott's albums makes them feel good.

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Songwriter

-Traditional, standalone, non-performing songwriter from Michigan
-Winner of an award in the prestigious Billboard Song Contest
-Averages writing one song per month, has written over 500 songs
-Clever lyrics with internal rhymes and conventional schemes
-Deep, emotion-evoking stories/conversations w/ lighthearted humor
-Subject matter has fresh takes on universally-appealing themes
-Topics include love & nature, often from a rebellious perspective
-Great lakes-oriented imagery, midwestern values are prevalent
-Tightly-composed fast & mid-tempo songs (& a few ballads)
-Verse-chorus form, some w/ pre-choruses, & a few AABA's
-Short intros/instrumental breaks;  in 4/4 time w/ a few waltzes
-Mechanical, synch, and internet licensing, masters available

Singer & Multi-Instrumentalist

-Warm/soothing baritone vocals w/ clearly-understood lyrics
-Well-placed harmony, background and chorus vocals
-Flat-picked and finger-picked rhythm acoustic guitar
-Improvised and melodic lead guitar solos on acoustic
-Slide guitar on Weissenborn Hawaiian acoustic lap steel
-Acoustic 4-string bass guitar with occasional bass solos
-Understated drums featuring brush snare and djembe
-Bongos, hi-hat, tambourine, washboard, shaker & cowbell
-Improvised harmonica (blues harp) & instrumental breaks
-Marimba solos and occasional melody notes in choruses
-All vocals and instruments by Scott Cooley, except:
-Accordion, flute, keyboard & bg vocals by Lenore Cooley

Recording Artist

-Online-only digital solo recording artist with home studio
-Self-produced, arranged, mixed, and mastered recordings
-Independent micro-label (netlabel) Scott Cooley Records
-Five self-released full-length LP studio record albums
-All records recorded in Michigan and made in the USA
-No synthesizers, programmed drums or autotune used
-Real acoustic instruments used w/ minimal usage of effects
-CDs in high-quality stereo 44/16 WAV format, FLAC, MP3
-Genre-agnostic songs w/ commercial & crossover potential
-Acoustic, garage, roots, heartland, lo-fi, rock & Americana
-Direct distribution to Amazon, Google Play, and Bandcamp
-Also distributed to Apple iTunes, iTunes Radio and Spotify