Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Scott Dennis - Rearranging Furniture

Look out Nashville, there is something going on in Brooklyn, veteran of the Brooklyn country music scene Scott Dennis summoned it up this way:
Brooklyn Country music is amazing. I have been performing here for about 15 years in the country scene. I grew up in New Jersey until about 17, then moved to NYC more or less.  So I made my way as a East coast kid.  The scene here in Brooklyn is small enough to know everyone but big enough to have a proper footprint in town. There are tons of excellent Honky Tonks too.  Skinny Dennis being one of many. I really dig Rod and Gun,   I love Jalopy Theatre, Rodeo Bar, Hill Country, Two Boots Brooklyn, Freddys and of course Hanks Saloon.  All of these places embrace the country music scene.  It's really great.
Releasing his second solo album 'Rearranging Furniture' this past April, the follow-up to 2011’s 'Songs from the Homestead', Scott cooks up a thick soup of classic American sounds and his vigorous, rich vocals are on full display in this collection of original songs and the two covers Wanda Jackson's “Silver Threads and Golden Needles.”and the Don Williams classic, “If Hollywood Don’t Need You.”
The album kicks off with the toe tapping 'Ada' with Chris Smythe, of Haggard Kings laying down some lively guitar riffs, and the amusing fast paced 'That's My Lady'.
 'Feelings In The Sand' with haunting vocals, acoustic guitar and harmonica and 'Cold and Rain' with Glenn Spivack, of Dirt Floor Revue and Haggard Kings, on resophonic guitar are both beautiful heartfelt ballads. And there is the delightful Spanish/Polk flavored 'Dónde Está Mi Señorita' with Flaco Jimenez from the Texas Tornadoes inspired accordion.  'Country Boy Is Going To Rock Tonight' harkens back to  Don Churchill & His Texas Mavericks with a great Western Swing sound. 'Last Thing On My Mind' with Glenn on pedal steel is a wonderful country crooner that capsulate's Scott's vast influences and unique originality.  'Broward County' is a gorgeous instumental. The title track 'Rearranging Furniture' with excellent harmonica and a 70's styling melody and vocal wraps up this excellent album.

1. Ada
2. That's My Lady
3. Feelings In The Sand
4. Dónde Está Mi Señorita
5. If Hollywood Don't Need You
6. Country Boy Is Going To Rock Tonight
7. Cold And Rain
8. Bello
9. Silver Threads And Golden Needles
10. Last Thing On My Mind
11. Broward County
12. Rearranging Furniture

All Songs written and performed by Scott Dennis
If Hollywood Don’t Need You by Bob McDill
Silver Threads and Golden Needles by Jack Rhodes and Dick Reynolds
Christian Smythe played electric guitar on Ada
Clenn Spivack played pedal steel on Last Thing on My Mind
and resonator guitar on Cold and Rain
Robert Burman played piano on Silver Threads and Golden Needles
All Photography by Marissa Dennis
Recorded – Mixed – Mastered at Cambridge Place Studio
Rearranging Furniture has full digital distribution and is available at retail outlets including iTunes, CD Baby and Amazon.com.

The adorably talented Dennis clan entertained us at Couch By Couchwest this year as The Brooklyn Caterpillars. Members featured are Kale, Marissa, Scott and Batman.

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