Gritty driving left of center swampy rhythms fuels “Something to Move” which is the latest Alternative Blues Rock from Scott Kirby. The vocals are gritty and gruff and the pacing is the prime tempo for dancing around at a bar, club, or festival. Scott Kirby reminds me of the gritty cold of Boston in the more college suburban area of Allston just due east where rock clubs such as Paradise and Great Scott live. A highlight of this tune for myself was the endless string of tasty licks coming from the electric guitar player. Scott Kirby has an extensive catalog already in existence on streaming services and is definitely worth a listen if you’re looking for something to put on and leave on during a long drive or any other sort of task similar to such. Mixed by Jason Moss who is an up and coming Hollywood engineer the mix on this one is well balanced and easy to digest. Looking forward to what comes next from Scott Kirby.
“One of the Northwood’s best and busiest musicians” is how the Northwoods Live Music Calendar describes Scott Kirby, an alternative blues rock singer/songwriter living in northern Wisconsin. Don Burnstick describes what Kirby has simply as “mojo”. It’s that mojo that is Kirby’s signature sound.
Kirby has been exploring guitar and writing songs since the age of twelve. Kirby’s wide range of influences helped hone his individual voice in songwriting. He notes his larger inspirations to be Bob Dylan, Neil Young, REM, Tom Petty, Stevie Wonder, and Johnny Cash. Band Camp Diaries says, “He has a unique approach to blending melody and attitude that makes me think of modern artists such as The Fray or Daughtry, just to mention a few.”
Kirby has nine album releases to his name (Long Way Home, Apple Love, Good Morning Jo, B Tapes Vol 1, A Day On The Lake, Live at CT’s Deli, November Snow, live at the little brown jug, ep 2018), and amped up his sound with his 2017 single “Love Is Just,” produced by Grammy winning producer Jeff Bova (Album of the Year, Celine Dion, Falling Into You). Dancing About Architecture wrote: “‘Love Is Just’ is eloquent, in a solid and dependable sort of way, a combination of keeping things simple, though far from simplistic, and that fantastic voice of his. Letting the music breathe and the vocals soar, a vocal which seems to blend romance and honesty and a soulfulness with a delivery that most rock singers would kill for.”
Drawing on his variety of inspirations, Kirby delivers an undeniably original sound and authenticity to his performance by combining stunning guitar work, harmonica, and gritty, passionate vocals. Kirby’s writing style and song form are as tasteful as they are smooth. This evokes a very real connection with his listeners. From Skope Mag: “When they said that music is an expression of our emotions with the vocal and or with instruments, I never really got to understand it until I listened to ‘Love is Just’ by Scott. The song is a pure expression of emotion at play.” The Official Video of ‘Love Is Just’ dropped August 11, 2017. Check out the powerful video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZqhCZ7EvWg