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Album Review: Will Scott - Keystone Crossing (Weather-Tone)
New York-based singer-songwriter Will Scott returns with his third album release and follow up to GNAWBONE (2009), which once again demonstrates a distinctively soulful alt-country Americana feel throughout. KEYSTONE CROSSING sees Scott sharing much of the song writing credits with producer/guitarist Scrote, with further contributions from his partner, the British songwriter Jan Bell.
Opening with White Water Rising, a song set in the aftermath of a Southern Indiana flood, effectively sets the tone for the rest of the album, with Derry Down providing a mournful coda, acknowledging that nobody actually remembers Derry Down anymore, featuring a duet with guest vocalist Dayna Kurtz. Whilst Jan Bell's heart-breaking Right to Love is performed with the soulful sensitivity of an Al Green classic, Broken Arrow owes more to the minor key sombreness of Townes Van Zandt.
Joined by a handful of seasoned session players, including Dave Palmer on keyboards, Ben Peeler on lap steel, mandolin and guitar, Dave Pilch on bass and Jerry Roe on drums, Scott maintains a rootsy gospel feel throughout, but nowhere more explicitly demonstrated than on his interpretation of Johnny Shines' You are the One I Love, recorded with all the authenticity of a church gathering down by the river.