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  • Aug 25

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    San Antonio

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Music and Books

The San Antonio Museum of Art is offering visual art and music for Valentine's Day. At the San Antonio Public Library's Landa branch, 233 Bushnell Ave., there'll be books and music from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, courtesy of singer, songwriter and guitarist Scott Duncan, accompanied by fiddler/mandolinist Kim Mackenzie.

San Antonio-based Duncan, a two-time Kerrville New Folk finalist, has a big, deep voice and a cool guitar-picking style. Duncan's songs fuse classic folk and rougher-edged Texas songwriter sensibilities while drawing from Celtic and western influences.

Duncan is working with his “On a Bus to Nowhere” album. The title track alone is worth the price of admission; “John Wayne's Lament” is a bonus.

Mandolin picker/fiddler and singer Mackenzie is a not-so-secret weapon on the acoustic music scene. She chooses her playing, and singing, spots wisely and soulfully — putting the notes exactly where they belong.

 

Top-notch songwriting  ****

The strength of this album is the songwriting. Not to downgrade the singing and instrumentation, but the songs are truly outstanding. Downright Guy Clark-worthy, which is the highest praise I can give. Wish I could play well enough to learn 'em all.

Scott Duncan – On A Bus To Nowhere (Independent)

 

   Scott Duncan is a much-respected singer-songwriter from San Antonio, Texas, so much so that he’s twice been a finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival and has showcased for the Southwest Regional Folk Alliance. His song “November Rain” was featured on the latter organisation’s recent compilation release; you may have heard it. 

   Story songs and ballads are the foundation of his songwriting style and on his debut LP “On A Bus To Nowhere”, he presents 13 prime examples of his craft. He delivers each song with a voice that’s rich and honeyed, and accompanies them quite simply with mostly just guitar, banjo and a few strings. There’s absolutely nowhere for his songs to hide, and it’s to his credit that the listener is repeatedly enveloped into his tales of love, loss, sorrow and redemption.

   Live on stage, in the dark corner of a small Texas club, I imagine the effect is captivating. At home, with the lights dimmed and the CD player gently warming, he’s equally enthralling. The title track makes an instant impression; regret and lost love provide the themes, and the views from the bus, the stark imagery. “Storm Warning” uses heavy weather metaphors to relate current trials and tribulations, and the effect is emotional and direct, and full of dark portent.

   Tapping directly into the legacies of both Townes Van Zandt and Johnny Cash, “Down By the River” has it all: love, betrayal, murder and retribution, and “The Place I Call Home” indicates a lighter side, and these contrasts are just one aspect that makes “On A Bus To Nowhere” such an entertaining listening experience.

Tony S.

The Leicester Bangs Blog

 

Thanks for sharing your songs  *****

Thanks for finally sharing these fantastic tunes with the rest of the world. You are an amazing songwriter/artist. One way I rate an songwriter is by the pictures they paint in my mind. You bring it in spades amigo. I hate to compare or pigeonhole songwriters, but your tunes bring to mind the imagery of John Prine, Guy Clark or Robert Earl Keen. You start us on this journey On a Bus to Nowhere, then take us on a dark detour Down by the River, then calm our nerves with a Lullaby to a Broken Heart. The sparse, clean arrangements only add to the reality of the messages. Thanks for allowing me to share these and other tunes with my close friends who haven't been lucky enough to hear you. Keep playing my friend. Peace Brother, Uncle Bobby