Drive Time Companion
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© ℗ 2008 by Scott Cooley. All rights reserved. Words & music for all songs written by Scott Cooley. Lead & background vocals, lead & rhythm acoustic guitar, scratch guitar, acoustic bass guitar, acoustic lap steel slide guitar, harmonica, drums, percussion, cowbell, coffee brewing/pouring/drinking & whistling by Scott Cooley. Recorded, mixed, mastered & produced by Scott Cooley in Michigan, USA. Additional background vocals & photo of Scott w/ Lucky by Lenore Cooley.
photo courtesy Lenore Louise Cooley 2008 - not my El Cam (I've never had one, just posed by my neighbors), but that is my dog Lucky
The Grand Trunk Western Railroad train overpass above Fenton Road in Flint that has been spray painted over as 'Grand Funk' with 'Mark, Don & Mel' above it for decades now. Click the thumbnail above to view the larger, more readable image.
Behind The Music
Throughout is a loose theme of travel, so hopefully these help move you. The last album was sort of about boats, and since I'm from the car state and vehicle city, this sort of subject matter was inevitable. Behind the music were personal experiences, observations, and things I just plain made up. When I was much younger, I used to say that the two kinds of music I didn't like were country and rap, but this album has both - new as compared with past releases. Tastes evolve, but at the same time this album includes a lot of what you've come to expect from a Scott Cooley album - the voice, the prominent sound of acoustic guitar, the understated percussion, the melodies and lyrics that blend well, and the little surprise elements here and there that make you go "yeah!" and pump your fist or whatever it is you do when you're psyched about the good tunes you're listening to. See the song pages for the stories behind each song.
Americana songs to keep you company while on the road, with unique twists on relationships and a dash or two of humor. Catchy acoustic road rock that blends heartfelt themes with songs bordering on the novelty variety, touching on genres that include folk, country, old timey, latin, and balladry.
It’s about the journey. Whether you prefer to call it roots music, alternative country, or folk-rock, Drive Time Companion represents Americana at its finest. If heartland rock and garage rock could be delivered with all acoustic instruments, you’d be on your way to describing it well, and when you throw in the diversity of western and even rap, you’ve got an album of variety that will appeal to an even wider audience. Cooley takes you along for the ride through stories and conversations about love and relationships good, bad and ugly. The underlying theme of travel on this album will keep your attention and keep you company while on the road, putting you in a much better mood by the time you reach your destination.
Featuring unique twists on relationships with a dash or two of humor, this is catchy road rock that blends heartfelt themes with songs bordering on the novelty variety. A slight departure from the acoustic rock for which he is known, Scott has ventured out from his initial success with the bluesy stylings on his album Moon Dreams, and further from the demand for a sequel to the caribbean flavor of the Lakeside Landing album, to take roads less traveled through varieties of Americana and even rap. These songs share a common theme of being particularly well-suited for listening to in your car - whether in rush hour traffic or on a long weekend road trip, this album will hold your attention and take your mind off the driving for an hour or so - long enough to get you past any worries you started out with, and taking you along for the ride through great stories and melodies delivered with Scott's signature acoustic instrumentation. Before you know it, you’re that much closer to where you want to be and in a much better mood.