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  • Celebrate Fete de la Musique with Scott Cooley's latest album!!! Musique des fêtes is a French term that translates into English as "holiday music."  I've tagged my latest release as such for several reasons.  A lot of my music, but in particular this album, has a holiday feel to it with steady doses of daydreaming and wanderlust.It contains a collection of songs that are all loosely based on a theme of taking a break from the daily grind.  Starting back in the 1980s in France, World Music Day (a.k.a. Make Music Day) has happened annually on my birthday.  In even numbered years, this is also the day I release a new studio album of original songs I've written and recorded myself performing as a solo ...
    Posted Jun 12, 2018, 7:07 PM by Scott Cooley
  • Buying the new Scott Cooley album will keep your mind young!!! This is a redemption post to quickly cover up my poor reporting in the last news item herein.  This time, it's based on stuff I found on the internet (which I like to call "hard evidence") because as we all know, the information would not have been placed on to the internet in the first place if it had not been absolutely true and based on scientific proof.Research has proven that listening to new music gives your brain a workout. As we age, we all need to do what we can to keep our minds in shape.  So if you're stuck in a rut with the same Journey Greatest Hits CD in your car, or your iPhone ...
    Posted Jun 7, 2018, 7:31 PM by Scott Cooley
  • 1st Review of new album posted - thanks Africa, thanks Google, thanks internet! This just in:  The first formal online review of my new album (which won't officially be released until June 21st) has recently been brought to my attention and it is favorable, I'm happy to report.  You'll never guess where it originated from.  I am pleasantly surprised it originated from where many great things on Earth have originated from - Africa.  I had no idea my music had reached the continent of Africa until recently.  Apparently, if you speak Swahili, you can read about, listen to, and buy my latest albums on Google Play Music.  My new release, Missing The Boat (https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Scott_Cooley_Missing_The_Boat?id=B5c754mscojnny57lfkchfdfuxa&hl=sw), which is ...
    Posted Jun 7, 2018, 7:13 PM by Scott Cooley
  • Pre-ordering. It's a thing you can do.....again. Yes, just like two years ago around this time, you can once again "pre-order" my new album from online music places such as:Google Play:  https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Scott_Cooley_Missing_The_Boat?id=B5c754mscojnny57lfkchfdfuxaApple Music:  https://embed.music.apple.com/us/album/missing-the-boat/1370199015?app=musicBandcamp:  http://music.scottcooley.com/album/missing-the-boatYou must act quickly though, because eventually, you won't be able to pre-order anymore, and instead you will only be able to order.  After that point in time, this post will become obsolete, just like these:Pre-Order My New Album Starting Now!Pre-Order To Prop Up A Winner, Get A FreebieMade ...
    Posted Jun 1, 2018, 8:44 PM by Scott Cooley
  • New album due to make a splash in June Some people, whether they realize it or not, only like music that is made with electronic amplification, fake drum loops, virtual instruments, auto-tuning, and synthesized effects.  For some other people, they just can't stand acoustic guitar music that doesn't feature folk-style finger picking and super-serious subject matter.  For other types of people, any music that has singing must have outstanding perfect-pitch vocalists backed by absolutely perfect music.  Those people need not read on.The latest album from Scott Cooley is due out soon (June 21st), and at that time it will be the eighth studio album he has released containing all new, original songs.  Titled "Missing The Boat," it is maybe a little more ...
    Posted Apr 14, 2018, 6:25 AM by Scott Cooley
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Celebrate Fete de la Musique with Scott Cooley's latest album!!!

posted Jun 12, 2018, 7:06 PM by Scott Cooley   [ updated Jun 12, 2018, 7:07 PM ]

Musique des fêtes is a French term that translates into English as "holiday music."  I've tagged my latest release as such for several reasons.  A lot of my music, but in particular this album, has a holiday feel to it with steady doses of daydreaming and wanderlust.

It contains a collection of songs that are all loosely based on a theme of taking a break from the daily grind.  Starting back in the 1980s in France, World Music Day (a.k.a. Make Music Day) has happened annually on my birthday.  In even numbered years, this is also the day I release a new studio album of original songs I've written and recorded myself performing as a solo artist.  



No matter where you live, you are not only allowed, but are urged to play Scott Cooley music outside in public.  Go ahead and crank it up to 11.  My 8th such album, "Missing The Boat," becomes officially available for purchase in all your favorite online music stores, so I hereby encourage you to buy it and crank it up to 11!

Combining lyrical themes from the Great Lakes region with Caribbean-influenced garage rock played only on acoustic instruments, the style has also been neatly described as "a sober, stripped-down, Midwestern version of Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefers."

For more information about my new album, see Missing The Boat.  For more information about Musique des fetes, see Fete del la musique.  Did I mention this is also my birthday?


Buying the new Scott Cooley album will keep your mind young!!!

posted Jun 7, 2018, 7:29 PM by Scott Cooley   [ updated Jun 7, 2018, 7:31 PM ]

This is a redemption post to quickly cover up my poor reporting in the last news item herein.  This time, it's based on stuff I found on the internet (which I like to call "hard evidence") because as we all know, the information would not have been placed on to the internet in the first place if it had not been absolutely true and based on scientific proof.

Research has proven that listening to new music gives your brain a workout. As we age, we all need to do what we can to keep our minds in shape.  So if you're stuck in a rut with the same Journey Greatest Hits CD in your car, or your iPhone 80s playlist of Madonna, Prince, Phil Collins and Tears for Fears is getting a little stale, try the new Scott Cooley album.  Better yet, try, then buy all of his (my) albums.  You need a change, and it can keep you mentally fit.

Studies have shown that Scott's music makes people happy, and trust us when we say this is arguably Scott's happiest album ever.  You want to be happy, right?  Of course you do.  There is one solution to you getting some of this kind of happiness for yourself - buy the new album!

New music like Scott's may be quite different than your mainstream 80s stuff you like, and keeping an open mind to appreciating something outside your comfort zone can boost your alertness, memory and mood.  Additonally, a change in your music listening routine can help keep your mind young by boosting your brain's ability to learn, process and retain new information.  

Don't be blinded by science, mix it in dubly, and smell the glove that is new music discovery.  Scott Cooley can become your favorite new artist, and not only will you have that going for you, but there's this awesome back catalog to discover!  Seriously, you will find songs you like, as there is strong evidence to back up such a claim, when you consider both the variety, and how a new style can grow on you.  

It will not only help to ward off Alzheimer's, but it will also ward off depression and brain fog.  Discovering new music is something you've done before in your life, so you know how to do it, and how fun it can be.  Don't lose interest in things you love, especially new music.  

When you have a friend, family member or acquaintance who has new music available (like me), then why not give it a try?  It's already been described as "not bad," so this can only support our belief that listening to new Scott Cooley music is good for you.  Stay sharp, my friends.

1st Review of new album posted - thanks Africa, thanks Google, thanks internet!

posted Jun 7, 2018, 4:33 PM by Scott Cooley   [ updated Jun 7, 2018, 7:13 PM ]

This just in:  The first formal online review of my new album (which won't officially be released until June 21st) has recently been brought to my attention and it is favorable, I'm happy to report.  You'll never guess where it originated from.  I am pleasantly surprised it originated from where many great things on Earth have originated from - Africa.  

I had no idea my music had reached the continent of Africa until recently.  Apparently, if you speak Swahili, you can read about, listen to, and buy my latest albums on Google Play Music.  

My new release, Missing The Boat (https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Scott_Cooley_Missing_The_Boat?id=B5c754mscojnny57lfkchfdfuxa&hl=sw), which is only available currently as a pre-order, has in fact been pre-ordered and listened to by at least one person.  

That person, who goes by the name of jumla ya ukadiriaji, has reviewed it and posted a review (https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Scott_Cooley_Missing_The_Boat?id=B5c754mscojnny57lfkchfdfuxa&hl=sw#details-reviews) that gives it a rating of 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  This person is likely from a country on the east coast of Africa like Tanzania, Kenya, or Mozambique where they speak that language.  

This is really exciting to me, and so much so, that I thought it might help to get more people excited about the album if I shared this fact.  

Speaking of Mozambique, it happens to be the title of one of my favorite songs by an influence of mine, Bob Dylan.  A few reasons it is one of my favorites - the fact that it is simple, positive, and less serious than most of his songs - are also good ways to describe my new album.  

Many of the songs are intentionally simple, positive, and less serious than usual for me (as compared with some of my other albums), and collectively, they fit an overarching theme of escapism.  

Similarly, you can hear in this album the influence of another musician named Bob whose music I am a fan of - Marley, and I've heard that particularly since he played in Africa, the reggae style has been popular there, which may further help to explain this pre-order purchase and positive review.

Thanks jumla ya ukadiriaji!  Hope this is a spark that will ignite a wildfire of more positive reviews, word-of-mouth recommendation, and online discovery of my new album.



Pre-ordering. It's a thing you can do.....again.

posted Jun 1, 2018, 2:05 PM by Scott Cooley   [ updated Jun 1, 2018, 8:44 PM ]

Yes, just like two years ago around this time, you can once again "pre-order" my new album from online music places such as:


You must act quickly though, because eventually, you won't be able to pre-order anymore, and instead you will only be able to order.  After that point in time, this post will become obsolete, just like these:
Made possible mostly because it was possible, some potential reasons to do so might include:
  • being able to brag about having done it, which should make you more popular
  • a guaranteed shipment upon release
  • a discounted price
  • instant gratification
  • get part of the album before the official release day (which is as always June 21st, by the way)
  • help me rise to a higher profile on the charts!!!
...and other things like those and stuff like that.

Here's what Bandcamp has to say about why an artist would do such a thing:

It’s conceivable that someone who has never heard of you might pre-order your record on the strength of a few teaser tracks, but it’s pretty unlikely.

If you’re a more established artist, however, setting up a release as a pre-order can have a few benefits. First, it gives your biggest fans an easy way to make sure they get your record the moment it comes out. Second, it gives you a way to build up excitement and demand for a release, beyond just talking about it. And finally, it can increase the likelihood of your album placing on official weekly music charts, since all your pre-orders are reported to the respective organizations as if 100% of the purchases were made the week you release the record. We were as surprised as anybody to learn that that’s how the game is played, but hey, we’re here to help you play it.



Stay tuned for the pre-release of the CD from Amazon, coming soon!...

Alright then, that's the news for now from Lake Cooley, where the women and children come first, and the men used to be good looking.  Happy sailing my friends.


New album due to make a splash in June

posted Apr 14, 2018, 6:25 AM by Scott Cooley   [ updated Apr 14, 2018, 6:25 AM ]

Some people, whether they realize it or not, only like music that is made with electronic amplification, fake drum loops, virtual instruments, auto-tuning, and synthesized effects.  For some other people, they just can't stand acoustic guitar music that doesn't feature folk-style finger picking and super-serious subject matter.  For other types of people, any music that has singing must have outstanding perfect-pitch vocalists backed by absolutely perfect music.  Those people need not read on.

The latest album from Scott Cooley is due out soon (June 21st), and at that time it will be the eighth studio album he has released containing all new, original songs.  Titled "Missing The Boat," it is maybe a little more sunny than the last few albums.  It may be less than perfect, but it's cool and it's fun, and most importantly, not too serious.

This is not as big a deal as finding out about a new album from a mainstream major label artist with radio airplay, videos and arena tours.  Scott's fame and prominence is regional, at best, but fans from all over the world have bought his music, presumably due to viral recommendation and internet discovery tools.

If you're in the Flint, Michigan area, or anywhere in the Great Lakes region for that matter, this will hit close to home for you.  Even if you knew Scott from his days of jamming in bands in the Vail, CO area in the early 90's, you will still experience a similar effect - someone you know or used to live near has awesome new music available, and if you're from anywhere with cold winters you'll appreciate the warm climate escapism.

Is Scott Cooley's music humorous and quirky?  Yes.  Even though some of it can be sad, this album in particular is a happy, feel-good record.  Kick off your summer with a soundtrack of acoustic fun, bring it along on your next boat trip and hit the lakes with style.  You've now been warned it will be in your favorite online music store in just a couple of months, so you can plan for setting aside enough credit card room to buy it and sail into summer with the right new music.

End-of-year stats prove interesting, once again

posted Jan 7, 2018, 11:40 AM by Scott Cooley   [ updated Jan 7, 2018, 11:48 AM ]

I checked into some end-of-year type statistics recently for last year for music streaming.  For reasons that are slightly beyond my grasp, this online music streaming service called Spotify seems to be the most popular one now with most people I know.  It used to be CDs, then iTunes, and now everyone is using Spotify, but I can't really figure out why. 

Despite their popularity, Spotify all of a sudden seems to be paying attention to the non-major-label artists of the world who distribute through aggregators, even though I doubt I've ever received even one single penny in royalties from people streaming me on there.  I can tell you that like Bandcamp, and Google Play, and to a lesser extent Amazon, they are starting to act like they care about musicians like me who are self-contained DIY/lo-fi/indie solo artists, though not significantly closing the gap yet.

According to Spotify for Artists, I had a whopping 235 fans in 2017, which I think is good (for me, that is).


Anyway, this post is about you reading along and wanting to join me as I pat myself on the back I guess...with some infographics.

Here are some more stats you can only be impressed with:

795 listeners and 956 streams since 2015, peaking with the mid-year release in 2016 of my last album.


Doing well with the age 35 to 59 crowd, as would be expected, but surprisingly, not bad with today's teens!  Crazy, weird, wild, wacky stuff.


As far as the geographic locations of listeners, being big in Australia and New Zealand are a thrill, but not as much of a stretch as non-English speaking countries like Germany and Mexico, which is almost shocking, but great.


The top cities were not Flint, Grand Blanc, Vail, Avon, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Ann Arbor, Cadillac, Traverse City, Bay City, or even Petoskey, although all of those were on there as expected.  Instead, the biggest cities in the US were Pittsburgh PA, Greensboro NC, Baton Rouge LA, and Tempe AZ, believe it or not.  So, on Spotify anyway, I'm bigger in those places than anywhere in my home state! 

Even more exciting than that is that I'm bigger in Herne, Germany and Bristol, United Kingdom than I am anywhere in the US!!  Thornburry and North Lakes, Australia were also areas where I'm popular.  All of this is amazing and great to hear about! 

They also had one of those "fans-also-fans-of" sections with a bunch of artists I'd never heard of before, but included was the flattering fellow Michigander, Kate Monaghan.

https://open.spotify.com/artist/1un4k5w69ir0l2eVNYm4v0

If you like me, you might also like her I suppose, and although I never remember to endorse others very often, I can honestly say I'm a fan of her style and what I've heard, so check her out here if you want to:  https://open.spotify.com/artist/1un4k5w69ir0l2eVNYm4v0

Spotify Updates - In Control of Myself

posted May 15, 2017, 1:35 PM by Scott Cooley

https://play.spotify.com/artist/7vHKrgpa0sJLI7feJTakSZ
Hey scottcooley.com visitors and news subscribers, I know it's been a while since I posted an item, but at least now I am finally getting around to it.  Not really "newsworthy" but nonetheless somewhat related, a new thing with me is that - can't believe I'm embracing such a service that pays me no money whatsoever, but... - I now have control of my own artist page in Spotify.  Yep, so I know a lot of you out there use that service, have an account, pay a monthly amount to stream whatever you want whenever you want, on any device you want, and I can see why music fans would appreciate those things.

Hard to believe, but Spotify Japan contacted me to take control of my artist profile, so I did.  Said "control" simply means you can specify a featured album or track that expires in 15 days, which I did (the song "Coney" from my 2016 release Rest Assured album), and update your photo which must be gigantic (so I did - the one from my 2nd album cover with me sitting under a tree by a lake playing a guitar).  Assuming that updated the Spotify US profile as well, but I don't use the Spotify app myself.  

I think if you have an account and log in, the link would be this:  https://play.spotify.com/artist/7vHKrgpa0sJLI7feJTakSZ.  Once you've got a Spotify for Artists account (in my case, my music was already on there, I just had to claim myself), you can also see a bunch of interesting analytics, for example:

Top cities

MONTHLY LISTENERS

1 Lincoln US
2 Tainan TW
3 Bristol GB
4 Mexico City MX
5 Barcelona ES
6 Ridgewood US
7 East Lansing US
8 Melbourne AU
9 Merced US
10 Madrid ES
11 New Orleans US
12 Lebanon US
13 Hunters Hill AU
14 Atlanta US
15 Örebro SE
16 Bryant US
17 Winchester US
18 Manhattan US
19 Scottsdale US
20 Paris FR
21 Hobart AU
22 Seacliff AU

Well, first off it's always cool to see a city from the good old Midwest right at the top!  I had no idea I was big in Taiwan, Spain or Mexico (although I did release a couple singles on iTunes Mexico many years ago now).  I was psyched to see places like New Orleans and Paris on there and Great Britain of course.  Sweden too - very cool, yet not all that surprising I guess because I think I read that Spotify started there.  

Most of all, I was surprised and totally stoked to see a lot of places in Australia on there!  Really awesome and good to know.  So, g'day and no worries to the mates who like Vegemite crumbs and barbequed shrimp and Fosters down under.  

Even though they've yet to pay me anything at all for the seven albums available on there and having been an artist with them for many years now, thank you Spotify users anyway for listening!  Maybe they'll cut me a check some day if you keep it up.  

More Pre-Order Options: Apple Music & iTunes!

posted May 24, 2016, 5:16 PM by Scott Cooley   [ updated May 24, 2016, 5:27 PM ]

Michigan Songwriter Scott Cooley's New Album Now Available for Pre-Order at Apple Music

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Scott Cooley Records and Scott Cooley Music Productions are proud to announce that regionally known Michigan songwriter Scott Cooley is about to formally release a new album of new songs on June 21st, 2016. Containing 13 songs and titled Rest Assured, it marks his 7th such release in the last dozen years.

It is now being offered on both the new Apple Music service as well as their popular iTunes service. Both online music stores offer the ability to order the album for $12.49. Why $12.49? Get the answer in Scott's recent blog post about his album pricing here!  http://blog.scottcooley.com/2016/05/1249-for-album-in-2016-are-you-kidding.html


RIGHT NOW, IT'S ONLY $9.99!!!  If you want to buy the album from these stores, even though it is not yet available, you can do so simply by clicking (or tapping) the orange pre-order button. This will work from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod as well as on a Mac or PC device.

Included as a "single" that you can download immediately when you pre-order is the song titled Coney. When you confirm the pre-order, you are only charged for this song, and the rest charges to the payment method you have on file when the album is officially released on June 21st. You'll receive an email letting you know that the full album is ready to download (or it will happen automatically when turned on).

You can read more about the advantages of pre-ordering, as well as other services such as Google Play Music that also offer pre-ordering in this related news item: http://www.scottcooley.com/news/pre-ordermynewalbumstartingnow

What you get is the ability to preview the names of tracks and cover artwork, free sample streaming of different songs, and the instant gratification track, Coney, that Michigan fans will particularly appreciate. Additionally, pre-ordering will actually help Scott rise on the iTunes charts!

More About Scott and the new album, Rest Assured:

Solo recording artist, singer, multi-instrumentalist, and award-winning songwriter Scott Cooley defies easy description in today's music world. His singing voice is not his strong suit, he is far from being a virtuoso at playing acoustic guitar, bass, percussion, or harmonica. He blends many genres and styles of music while making it distinctively his own unique brand.

It comes from the heart of someone passionate about music, someone who makes the best of the talent he has through attention to quality craftsmanship despite a lack of any formal training. Without natural gifts as tools, he makes up for it with equal parts creativity and sweat equity.

You'll hear a deep thinker, a soulful expression of a midwestern values, and a strong spirit behind these songs. You won't hear the automatically-tuned vocals, the virtual instruments, or the perfection or polish of today's popular music, nor will you hear the poor quality of songwriting that comes with it. Instead, you get a refreshingly real sound that might be described as Americana, folk, rock and roll, blues, or roots, with hints of more exotic styles here and there.

An independent, DIY aesthetic is used to deliver songs ranging from the thought-provoking to the funny to the poetic, and you can immediately hear a fun, interesting perspective on the world from a guy who majored in English in college who has since gained some considerable wisdom via both the American experience and introspection.

Quietly and without much publicity, this non-performing musician has steadily released a solid catalog of wonderful material that at once begs for professional vocalists and session musicians while at the same time allows the potential these songs would have for such people to shine through in a real and exciting way. Through word-of-mouth recommendation and social sharing, the fan base continues to grow with each release.

Scott Cooley is available for interview via the various contact information available at www.scottcooley.com/contact. Please use your preferred method to set up a time that is convenient. While you're at it, please enjoy visiting and perusing Scott's excellent website to discover much more information, including music samples, online press kit, photos, bio, etc.

If you are a record promoter, publicity coordinator, PR professional, blogger or journalist for a media outlet in the great lakes region or beyond, feel free to use the content you find at scottcooley.com or from this press release, and tweak it to represent the style of your organization as desired.


Pre-Order My New Album Starting Now!

posted May 3, 2016, 8:33 PM by Scott Cooley

It's exciting for me to announce to you that my next album, Rest Assured, can now be pre-ordered from three different locations online! 

The official release date is June 21st, 2016, but pre-ordering is a thing you can do to lock up that purchase ahead of time, save money, and potentially get other bonus deals as a result.  You get the album as soon as it becomes available!

http://music.scottcooley.com/album/rest-assured


On My Music Page (subdomain w/ Bandcamp checkout)
:  http://music.scottcooley.com/album/rest-assured

Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app.  Paypal is not required, but is accepted, along with Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.  In addition to MP3, those of you who are audiophile nerd types or simply prefer higher quality, the new record can also download in the following formats:
  • Subscription
  • CD
  • FLAC
  • ALAC (Apple Lossless)
  • AAC
  • Ogg Vorbis
  • WAV
  • AIFF 

Works on Mac, PC, Linux, and any device including your car (Android Auto), smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop computer, smart watch, Chromecast, Sonos, etc., in MP3 format, and can be added to playlists.  You won't be charged until it is delivered to your app, and it can be purchased with any of the following payment options:
  • American Express
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
  • Discover (US only)
  • JCB (Japan and US only)
  • Visa Electron (Outside the US only)
  • Elo (Brazil only)

Last, but certainly not least, is the CD format that will be put in a box and mailed to you from the good people at amazon.com.  This is of the highest sonic quality, and gives you a nice physical product with liner notes and artwork for you to enjoy the full music buying experience.  Free shipping is available!
  • better sound quality
  • get the digital as well as the physical product
  • liner notes, artwork, info
  • you get to hold it and proudly display it

Recording Completed For Upcoming Album Release

posted Apr 21, 2016, 8:54 PM by Scott Cooley

What is it?

Finally!  I'm proud and pleased to announce that the recording part of my next album is finished.  What this means is that I've completed the songwriting and recording of 13 new original songs.  What's left to do is the mixing, mastering, and getting it out to you.  So, I am happy to report that as long as I don't die between now and June 21st, it is highly likely that I will be releasing another record.  

Why should I care?  

If you're reading news posted at scottcooley.com, you probably already do care, but Rest Assured, if you're a fan of my past releases, you'll be a fan of this one too.  If you're at all like me, you'll find as I have that when you like an artist's music, regardless of how you originally found out about them, you can only handle so much at first.  You start getting into slowly discovering the back catalog, and your favorite songs list changes over time.  At a certain point you may even say to yourself that you know enough about this artist, and pause the discovery for a period of time, only to return.  

It's whatever that thing is that makes you return and resume your fandom that is the very spark that makes you begin to crave more and look forward to upcoming releases as well.  I'm like that with a lot of artists and bands, and when I hear about a new album release, I'm faced with the buying hassle and the price, which makes me back off and procrastinate for a while.  Eventually, I come around and do the clicking and get the album though.  Usually, I need more info first, so I read descriptions and reviews and the like - this is where you can help if so inclined.  The same reason you're reading content on this website is the same reason you buy music.  You want to learn more, and hear more.  

Many reading this will already be aware of what my music is all about, and that makes you qualified to help share this information with others.  So, if you have a lot of followers and would like to let people know via social media, that would be great.  After the mastering is complete, I will be ready to distribute it to the web music stores, and update my website.  Then, I'll hope somehow I can figure out a few ways to let people know it's available.  If you know of any free, easy ways to promote/publicize/market/advertise new independent music these days, let me know.

What's Included?  

What I can tell you about this new album is that the songs pass my personal weeding out process to be release-worthy.  The sound, instrumentation, and style will be similar to my past releases, which should not disappoint current fans.  What may slightly surprise and set this one apart is that it's not as bluesy or serious as the last album, nor does it have as many slow and long songs.  The sunnier take on lighter subject matter, combined with the faster tempo and dare I say slightly more commercial pop appeal may be evident as compared with previous efforts.

You'll get your expectations met otherwise, including my unique voice doing lead and background vocals, my acoustic guitar doing lead, slide and rhythm, the acoustic bass guitar, and the real and minimalist drums and percussion as the basic foundation, topped off with some harmonica and marimba here and there.  The icing on this cake will include not one, but two songs that feature the lovely Lenore Louise Cooley on squeeze box.

The genres are varied as usual, and you'll hear hints of Native American, Americana, roots rock, folk rock, folk punk, traditional country, ballads, zydeco, and even polka.  The subject matter includes unique perspectives on love and relationships, living life to the fullest, celebration, wild-oat sewing, maturity creeping into life, regret, looks killing, vacation destination, the environment, and coney dogs.

How do I get it?  

As I have previously done with my past 6 album releases, I plan to make it available at all of the usual places where you can buy music online, including the popular ones that may be your preferred favorites, like Google Play Music, Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify, and Bandcamp.  And I will of course be releasing the album on CD as well, which will be available on Amazon, so you old schoolers can add it to your collection, proudly display it in your home or car, and enjoy the high-quality sound, artwork and liner notes.  June 21st!

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