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An Old Photo

by Scott Campbell

Eclectic as hell; rock, blues, soul, country, jazz - yeah all of that, by a veteran guitar player with a warm, engaging voice with the support of some of the best musicians in the South, from peaceful and acoustic to funky and very electric!
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Welcome to the Neighborhood
5:55 album only
2. Choices
6:26 album only
3. Still Water
3:01 album only
4. Are You Now or Have You Ever Been
3:17 album only
5. Mama Gonna Stay out All Night Long
3:46 album only
6. The Fool Again
3:59 album only
7. The Black Death
8:02 album only
8. Albert P McQuaid
4:59 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
A life spent exploring the guitar and music from all parts of the world, filtered through the Spanish Moss of North Florida in the Southern United States, and steeped in years of experience and confusion and searching, has resulted in this first release of songs. Songs that felt right, now, laid down with care, attention and groove, and released into the ether.
It is what it is.
A venue closed in the fall of 2015, before the gig could happen. So Scott Campbell took that night and brought the band, the trio of his guitar, Randy Barnhill and Leon Anderson, into Kris Kolp's Log Cabin Studio in Tallahassee and played. That was the plan, from beginning to end; we played music. Kris, as is his way, captured some great sound. And Leon and Randy laid down some irresistible grooves. They are two of the finest musicians you'll find anywhere. Randy is a very funky and musical bass player. And Leon is a true pro - surprisingly versatile for a master of jazz. Perhaps that's not surprising. He is one of those guys who has developed ridiculous chops and knowledge, yet brings a creative spirit to inventing the music at hand in a way that is true to spirit of, well, in this case; the songs and guitar of Scott Campbell.
So we got some tracks that worked! And they lead down the path to this complete record. Each track asking for what it needed;
Welcome to the Neighborhood, it starts with a party, friends coming together to get funky and have fun; the piano and organ of JB with the roll and dip and weave of hot New Orleans night, the trumpet of Mike McKenzie and the sax of Tom Longfellow follow a chart by Randy Barnhill that lays it right in the pocket while Leon and Randy make the groove sound easy. That ain't simple - it's just right!
The second track, Choices, lays into another dense mix that feels as light as '70s soul groove by Al Green. There are, what, five guitar tracks? Six? They work together to get the song across. JB is there with Hammond organ, the horns return, and Brian Durham, Kelly Goddard and Avis Berry lay in the soul of their voices, and Leon and Randy - it all starts with that groove. The song opens up at the end for a guitar exploration, supported by Randy's horn chart, landing with an ethereal vocal from the inimitable Avis Berry.
Time for a chill instrumental; Still Water. The basic tracks again with Scott, Leon and Randy. Scott added a couple acoustic tracks and a bit of slide played on a 1931 National Duolian. Then Hal Month added the piano, an old Wurlitzer upright, creating that solid yet ephemeral floating thing that Hal does so well - in tune, in every sense of the word. Scott would like to give a tip of the hat to Bill Frisell whose music opened the door for him to playing music like this - simple and open and free.
Are You Now or Have You Ever Been? -- Little Feat may not be the most obvious influence on this song, but the slide guitar part could not exist were it not for Lowell George and the huge impact his music and guitar playing had on Scott. Notable here, also, is the triple tracked bass; electric, arco double bass and again in the upper 'cello' range to create that faux string quartet with the slide guitar.
Mama Gonna Stay Out All Night Long! -- Ed Bradley brings a New Orleans / Bo Diddley / jungle vibe to a fun, insistent drum part and the maestro of the mixing board, Kris Kolp picks up his harp and lets loose on this rocker.
A gentle, unusual tune - The Fool Again - creates a mood evocative of George Harrison, again with Ed Bradley on the kit, this time playing with sensitivity and grace. The guitar, the electric built by Joseph Yanuziello outside of Toronto, Canada (the guitar used on 90% of the guitar tracks on the record), has a pure, simple, resonant voice. The acoustic guitar in the into is a 000-42 built by Paul Berger, who moved to St Augustine after years at the Martin factory. The third guitar, another acoustic with a lighter resonant shimmer in its voice, is a koa dreadnaught from the Santa Cruz Guitar Company.
The Black Death is an instrumental exploration by Scott, Rand and Leon augmented by Hal Month on the Hammond organ and Buck Colson on his Warr Guitar - a 12 string touch guitar along the lines of a Chapman Stick, creating another layer of rhtymic pattern here. And then Scott and Buck laid in the ambient space backdrop.
We close with the title track; Albert P McQuaid. This one started with Scott and an acoustic guitar. Randy added the double bass. Hal Month plays piano and Kevin Robertson adds the tasteful acoustic lead guitar. You'll also hear the angelic choir of Kelly, Avis and Brian slip in there as well.
Scott Campbell; "You may have noticed the album is not called Albert P McQuaid. That would be confusing. 'an old photo' does come from the first line of the song. It refers a photo that does sit on my dresser, and it does grace the back cover of this CD. My grandfather. And as I said to him in this song; I ain't done yet.
I do hope, if you give this record a listen, that you enjoy it.
peace, love and rock n roll"!



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