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Vice Verses

by Scottish McMillan

Acoustic/electric guitar, bass, and percussion featured on this eclectic blend of funk, folk and "old-school" progressive rock that rolls naked on broken glass and bleeds a rainbow of fruit flavors.
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Natural
4:15 $0.99
2. Wolf Whistle
3:33 $0.99
3. Yeah, Whatever
4:20 $0.99
4. Don't Listen to Me
4:19 $0.99
5. It Stays
5:29 $0.99
6. Born Into Money
5:26 $0.99
7. Somewhere In Between
5:28 $0.99
8. Get Some Sun
4:45 $0.99
9. Whatever Remains
4:43 $0.99
10. I'm Going to Lose It All
3:50 $0.99
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Album Notes
"I had the chance to see [Scottish McMillan] play recently, and he just, uh...it's one of these things where you watch someone and you think 'oh, my God, I'm watching something truly remarkable.' This guy, he can play guitar. He is amazing. I'm not even sure he approaches his guitar like an instrument -- it's like a weapon of destruction, the way he goes after this thing. After seeing the show, I had to have [his CD, "Vice Verses"]."
- James Van Osdol, DJ, "The Local Zone show," 94.7, WZZN, Chicago's "The Zone".

"...very impressive! Your guitar playing is clearly outstanding, and [you've got a] strong, kick ass voice, too. Really, you've got some serious ammo in that body. I wanted to tell you I thought it was great..."
- Stuart Davis, songwriter extraodinaire and hardcore yogi, to Scottish, regarding "Vice Verses" (www.StuartDavis.com).

He's good. Plays good guitar.
- (The late) Wesley Willis,legendary Chicago-based performing artist.

Scottish McMillan has been playing guitar for almost thirty years, gigging around Chicago and the near Midwest for almost fifteen years, and has played great Saturday night shows at popular Chicago clubs like the House of Blues, the Cubby Bear, and the Double Door.

On his critically-acclaimed debut CD, called "Vice Verses," Scottish wrote all the songs, played all the instruments -- guitars, bass, hand percussion, and sang all the parts. The record is a patchwork quilt made of little pictures of his influences, and is a sure Q-Tip for ears clogged with the sticky goo of conventional 'rawk'. Half of the ten songs on "Vice Verses" have seen FM airplay on the local shows of all but one of the major Chicago and Kenosha, WI radio stations who have such shows. College radio has taken kindly to Scottish as well, and he looks forward to playing many healthy shows around college campuses everywhere, as his experience has shown him that kids dig the stuff. Must be his child-like enthusiasm....

Many performers say their style is widely varied. In Scottish's case, that's an understatement. From heavy metal-like distortion and rage to light, jazzy ballads, literally everything is covered. Scottish uses a "looping" pedal to sample his playing and take the occasional solo or to layer guitar harmonies.

Just before releasing his entirely self-written and self-performed CD in 2002, he played some bristling solo acoustic showcases at the Midwest Music Summit in Indianapolis, Indiana (and again in 2003).

Scottish toured the UK in September, 2003 with the Chicago Music Explosion. Over the course of 3 1/2 weeks, he played 17 shows all over England, Scotland and Wales. He went back again in Fall, 2004 for another month and had a blast, playing some of the same places but also a lot of new ones, meeting lots of wonderful folks along the way!

Scottish is a featured artist on Stonecutter Records' premiere release of their Acoustic DVD Series, starting (appropriately) with "Acoustic Chicago." Scottish enjoyed working with world-renowned bass virtuoso Bill "The Buddha" Dickens and top session drummer Ernie Adams (Al DiMeola, Ramsey Lewis, and many, many more) on a track called "Infinity Grooves." Check it all out at www.acoustic-chicago.com.

Scottish is currently working in a "progressive acoustic rock" duo with drummer Ryan Aiello, called Right Rongly and they will forever change the way you think about acoustic guitar music. See what's up with that at www.myspace.com/rightrongly.

Regardless of all the additives and enhancements with which Scottish often dresses up his music and shows, you can still rely on Scottish's "So-Low Acoustic Show" for an experience that will totally renew your enthusiasm for solo acoustic performances!



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Scott Strange

Guitarist's dream CD....it'll blow you away.
From the perspective of a guitarist, Scottish's "Vice Verses" CD is a wide-ranging buffet of musical styles and guitar techniques. One wishes there was a video of Scottish performing these tunes, but a visit to one of Scottish's live shows will nicely suffice.

"Yeah, Whatever', "Wolf Whistle" and "Natural" are my three favorites, but every song grabs you in a unique way. This is the kind of CD that, once in your player, you find hard to eject. The recording quality is tight and well produced and mirrors closely the live show.

Give it a listen, and then turn your friends on to Scottish McMillan. I can think of few better ways to win friends and look cool at the same time.

Bobby Aruba

simply amazing
This is the best example of Scottish's work I've ever heard. The only thing better is seeing him live.

Cuz'n Earl

I dug it.
VV is a fresh look at the way guitars used to be played, when solos mattered. They don't ramble on ad nauseum, nor do they get skipped altogether. Lyrics are comfy -- not too deep, not bubblegum. I thought it was great. Look forward to seeing more, hopefully with influences from additinal genres -- maybe some reggae or ska, just for the hell of it.

Blues Bunny

Ferocious and virtuoso guitar playing.
With imaginative songs and a style that is uniquely his own, this is an acoustic album like you will have never heard before. This guy attacks his guitar with such ferocity that you begin to wonder if there should be a ‘Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Guitars’! Among the highlights are “Wolf Whistle”, “Yeah, Whatever” and “It Stays”, and while you may well think you’re ears are deceiving you, trust me, he really is that good.

James Healey

Amazing live act and fantastic CD.
I saw Scottish last year, 2004, on Bonfire at a pub. I just stood in awe for the whole set watching him play. His mix of humour and skill is what makes him fantastic to listen to and to watch.

Sadly, this CD is only half the story. Watching him play is where the real joy is. But I bought his CD at the gig and I've been listening to it on a regular basis ever since.

Annie Kelly

very impressed.
this being my first scottish experience, i was very impressed at his talent. in addition, the songs are catchy and easy to listen to. it's the kind of cd you can put on in a room full of people and no one will complain; i noticed that. worth checking out.


This guy is great and this is good music!
This CD is one of the best to enter my collection and has been in play rotation since I received it from Scottish himself. Every type of guitar playing is on this CD. For younger guitar players it can be inspiring and respected and enjoyed by the more mature. All in all, this CD contains good songs. From beginning to end, each song is unique and keeps my attention. Guitar playing, songwriting, vocal acrobatics....this CD has it all. Kudos!

Richard Neal Miller

Heavy, Funky, Jazzy Folk Metal
This is an interesting CD that may appeal to a lot of people: college kids who are into Phish, metal dudes, 50-year old folk-loving hippies, jazz snobs...

Scottish is influenced by Chris Cornell vocally, but I hear traces of Nathan Larson also (ex-Shudder To Think guitarist/Mind Science of the Mind singer). The lyrics on this CD are witty and sometimes cynical, while being optimistic and heartfelt. The production is very down-to-earth and clean sounding. The songs generally contain acoustic guitars (tuned down), vocals and hand percussion. There are a lot of styles going on on this CD, so it can be hard to label, but that's a compliment! Scottish has a fairly unique sound, which is a huge accomplishment. The guitar playing on WOLF WHISTLE is amazing. Also, BORN INTO MONEY and GET SOME SUN are both incredible tracks. This is a disc worth purchasing.

Susan Kmiec

You've gotta see this guy - and get this CD!
After seeing Scottish in person, I had to have the CD - CRAZY talented is the best way to describe him, and the CD is a great showcase for his talents. If you're looking for something new that will shake up your ears, order it. I will definitely be watching for the next CD to come out!

Ms Joey

amazing singing, intelligent/interesting/memorable lyrics, funky slap guitar playing keeps Vice Verses in my cd player. a nice mixture of slow & fast songs. and no lovey-dovey crap or riffs you're used to hearing. before even knowing much about Scottish McMillan, i heard the cd & became instantly hooked. it's still on the top 5 list of fav cd's. thank you for the fresh, amazing music.