Scott MacLeod is from a small community in P.E.I. where storytelling is a way of life. Raised in a family where everyone worked in everyday jobs, he soon became a keen observer, listening to tales of people’s lives. Since moving to Calgary, he has worked in hospitals and assisted living facilities helping others through the rollercoaster of life.
His lyrics tell the stories of Canadians, their values, hard work, and enjoyment of life from the east coast to the prairies. His country-infused rock and laid-back acoustic ballads signal influences like Bruce Springsteen and Steve Earle. Scott’s notoriety and reputation in the music business has led him to perform alongside such well-known artists as The Duhks, Matt Minglewood, and Dustin Bentall. MacLeod was featured at NXNE in Toronto for three consecutive years (2007-2009), showcased at the Alberta Music Series in 2009, played the “Songwriters Café” at the 2008 CCMAs in Winnipeg, and has also held the stage at the Sled Island Music Festival and the South Country Fair in Alberta.
Scott has played extensively around Alberta and Canada throughout his career, releasing three full-length albums. ‘This Old Farmhouse’ from his first album was featured on the ABC show Castle; his second album Old Soul was listed as one of the top albums of 2009 by Twisted Roots Radio on WCNI Connecticut, and his latest album Right As Rain landed on Gillian Turnbull’s (No Depression) 2012 Top 10 list. He continues to book shows all over Canada, and soon the U.S. and Europe. Scott MacLeod lives in Calgary, Alberta, with his wife and son. He continues to write, record, and tour, while lending a helping hand to others.
Working with Jean Jacket Records, Harvest Sound Publishing BMI, as well as us at Blue Pie, Scott has seen his fair share of the industry and has made Canada proud. His work has touched listeners all over the world, and the breadth of that experience can clearly be seen in his 2012 release, Right As Rain – which has just been digitally released to Spotify and all other major online streaming services and retailers. To get a sense of what kind of musician Scott is, you only need to take a quick peek at this – it’s fully inclusive of the scope of his abilities, which are decidedly vast.
Like a wheat farmer in the fall, Scott MacLeod has harvested his best crop of songs yet for ’Right As Rain.’ Producer Jon Wood (Flophouse Jr.) looked after all of the fine details like a finishing carpenter, filing down all the rough edges and sometimes accentuating the edges on this album. ’Right As Rain’ is in the same field as MacLeod’s past Canadian / Alt-Country / Roots Rock tinted tunes, but this crop seems to have been battered with a few more storms.
At first the content seems dark and heavy on this collection, but with repeated listens it becomes undeniably easy to relate. We hear the singer trying to wrap his head around being a better version of himself (Best I Can, Forever Searching, Straight On Till Morning, and Devil’s Doorstep), all the while aching to see the sun and weary from all of the storms that have passed through (Grey Skies, Kick Me When I’m Down and Lonesome Heart). It does seem he has a clear understanding that the sun will indeed shine again, as we learn by eavesdropping on some raucous nights at the tavern (Out of Line, Dead A Long Time, and I Can’t Deal). All of that is expertly wrapped in a package of rich, driving and supportive instrumentation from the selected cast of studio musicians. Jon Wood stands out on this album, with his often beautiful and always appropriate lead guitar work. His versatility to move from rising and falling acoustic chords and scales (Best I Can) to high and lonesome steel (Straight On Till Morning) and then fill in like a Nashville gun slinger (I Can’t Deal) proves he’s worth his weight in salt. Brooke Wylie steps in on background vocals, never disappointing in her golden vocal register (100 Years). The arrangements are all rounded out with a mix of galloping and at times “skiffle-style” drums, floating organ, and Scott’s acoustic guitar acting like a steering wheel on a pick-up truck.
It feels like Scott has let us in on something on this album. He’s angry but he’s not, he’s in despair but he’s got a clear handle on what makes life great, and best of all, he’s happy to have us along as company. After-all, we all have more questions than answers, and it’s much more enjoyable to share a drink and chat than sit alone. So crack a beer, turn the volume up and enjoy – because everything’s going to be Right As Rain. And in the end, this album shows us through-and-through just who Scott is, both as a person, and as an artist.
Scott MacLeod is a Blue Pie Records USA artist for selected titles and is published by Blue Pie Publishing USA (ASCAP) for selected titles.
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