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Scott Cooley

Scott Cooley is an award-winning songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, singer, and recording artist who specializes in Americana and a unique brand of acoustic garage rock.

Although not totally unseasoned as a performer - he’s been known to entertain a crowd to the point of unprovoked group sing-alongs, uproarious laughter and massive spontaneous applause - it’s never been about paying dues by playing live for Scott, who prefers to focus on writing and recording in the studio. Rather than try to impress with vocal chops, instrumental wizardry, or electronic trickery, his motivation has always been the pleasure of writing songs and quickly recording them himself, usually singing and playing everything himself with all real acoustic instruments and microphones. His self-released, independent label records are intentionally produced with a raw demo quality from an amateur do-it-all-yourselfer with no formal training and limited natural talent who wisely hasn't given up the day job.

Despite all this, or perhaps because of it, there is a lot to like about his music. The songs are appealing because the lyrical content offers a wide variety of material. There are thought-provoking songs, sad songs, and humorous songs - and even when covering somewhat serious subject matter, it is delivered from a lighthearted perspective. Indeed, it could be argued there is something for everyone musically as well - as this acoustic music has hints of hard rock, blues, folk, country, and world music with catchy melodies and instrumental breaks that clearly shine through minimal instrumentation and production. The decidedly unpolished quality is refreshingly real. The fact that there is no attempt to mask imperfections allows the emotional aspects to ring true with authenticity.

Whether the music makes you laugh, cry, or think, it touches you in some way, and through simplicity Scott Cooley does his job as an artist well. Scott can be introspective yet universal when dealing with heartbreak or wanderlust, providing an escape into a casual, mellow world guided by both an exciting spirit of adventure and at the same time a calm joy for life. Whether you’re lost in deep contemplation or charged with fist-pumping adrenaline, listening to Scott Cooley’s music offers many of those knowing “smile w/ head-nod” moments in between, where you’re going to know that certain points of certain songs probably caused the same reaction with many a listener out there, and probably for Scott himself too.