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American Man

by Scott Kurt

Modern Country rock with guitars, bass, and drums in the style of Eli Young Band, Tom Petty, and Eric Church. Written by Jon Manitta and Scott Kurt.
Genre: Country: Contemporary Country
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Scott Kurt grew up in America’s Rust Belt, and the grittiness of his roots is evident in every aspect of his music. From his debut album, “Ragged But Right,” recorded with his band Memphis 59, to his first solo effort “Down This Road,” he captures the essence of hard living, hard work and hard times in deeply personal lyrics delivered by a whiskey-tinged barroom voice wrapped up inside a whole lot of full-tilt country-rock guitar.

From Tool City, USA to Music City, USA
His latest single, “American Man,” (written by Jon Manitta and Scott Kurt) is an anthemic tribute to Scott’s son-of-a-factory-worker beginnings. “My songwriting partner Jon Manitta had the original idea for the song and when we started to dig into the lyrics I thought about my home town (Meadville, Pennsylvania) which was known as Tool City, USA,” he says. “Before the industry started dying out in the 80s, it had more tool and die shops than anyplace else in the U.S. ‘American Man’ tells the story of what it was like from one man’s point of view when one of those factories closed down – from how to tell his wife to hearing his father’s voice in his head telling him, ‘you just can’t keep a good man down.’”

“And when he learns what matters most,
He’ll guard it well, never leave his post –
An American Man – that’s an American Man.”

It’s a reverence for telling the stories of a small town way of life that drew Scott to country music. “Nashville turns out great songs, with catchy hooks, sure – but the best of them tell great stories. When you close your eyes, and listen to the lyrics and that movie reel in your head starts turning – that’s what I want my songs to do for people.”

His songs have earned Scott comparisons to legends like Steve Earle, Tom Petty and George Jones, as well as multiple Washington Area Music Association nominations, and opening slots for some of country’s biggest and brightest stars, including Zac Brown Band, Dierks Bentley, Kip Moore, Joe Nichols and personal idol Radney Foster. Scott currently resides in Arlington, Virginia, and fans can see him perform regionally at venues like Hill Country D.C., The Hamilton, The Fillmore and The State Theatre.



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