Scott Turner's musical efforts represent a lifetime of dedication and complete love of the medium. He wears many hats within the music community, those of singer-songwriter, entertainer-performer and engineer-producer. In the realm of songwriting, he spit out his first lyric at the age of 4 and continues in his capacity as a songwriting machine. His countless creative works have included numerous independent music releases.
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Charged with the energy of a new production environment, Scott Turner's 2020 creation of the "Soup" album has brought a deep legitimacy and a next level feel to this genre blurred songwriting achievement. Continuing in his role as a multi-instrument studio monster, Scott Turner's talents as a one-man band expand far beyond his local pub performances in Pennsylvania to a much larger and polished presentation of this seasoned musician, writer and producer. The "Soup" album carries with it a strong rhythmic acoustic guitar base and a funky cool smooth laid-back groove throughout the tracks and across the board, certainly a Scott Turner trademark. Just when you want to place this music into the modern indie country genre, it merges into alternative rock filled with splashes of reggae, bluegrass, blues, zydeco and more, hence some of the intention of the titling: “Soup”, a mix of many Musical ingredients, analogous to life and its many ingredients and the fact that you just never know what you're going to get until it's all done.
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Scott Turner had strong musical influences from his family while growing up, including his mother who played piano and sang with the voice of an angel. Religious hymns were always a part of her repertoire. Scott participated in his local church youth music group and as the youngest member of the Wellsboro Pennsylvania community choir, performing such longhaired pieces as Schubert's Mass in G and the Requiem Mass. By the age of 15 he was giving guitar lessons at the local music store and began writing and recording his own music. It was also at that time that he became good friends with the two brothers who would become his performance partners, Mike and Dave Biddison. The three formed the highly creative, energetic and entertaining band, Ticapoo Brain. With 3 strong harmonizing vocals in their three-piece band, the group grew as songwriters and the boys grew an expansive repertoire of original music.
After leaving College, Scott got a record deal with a small independent Pennsylvania label, and began working with producer Mike Garrison. Mike had heard of Scott's singing abilities and first asked him to work on a pop religious music project. This relationship later grew into a rock based album project released as a 7-inch EP.
Scott Turner performed with several band formations throughout Pennsylvania and New York, spending some summers performing on the shore in New Jersey. He has toured and traveled from the backwoods Podunk grease bars to some of the nicest musical venues available. From South Street to Greenwich Village he has performed as a solo artist with acoustic guitar, voice and harmonica. Continuing to expand on his ability to play multiple instruments, he formed the band of one, a one-man band concoction once dreamed of and aspired to, an art which he ultimately achieved, enjoying a highly physically coordinated performance of playing drums, guitar and harmonica simultaneously, along with singing. The Bandof1 has become the core of Scott Turner's Studio creations, providing a strong core band and songwriting Foundation that he can expand upon in his studio music production environment. The 2020 release of Scott Turner's album, “Soup", helps to set the standard for the re-releases and re-masters of past works, along with facilitating an expansive creative platform for future Scott Turner Musical Productions. We've gotten some hint of what future musical productions might include, and it's certain that the genre blurring efforts of Scott Turner's music is just beginning to blossom. Stand by for future releases.
A musician from the school of "git'er done", Scott Turner is a rural northern PA native with a strong musical background and a drive to create new music. With a track record of thousands of great performances and a history of countless original works Scott Turner released the "Love and Sex" album in 2016. The extended title of the album is, "Love and Sex and other things that go good with beer." ...grab a beer, sit back and enjoy!
Featuring his trademark rhythmic acoustic guitar, punchy bass and funky drum jamin, this Scott Turner production keeps a country feel while spanning rock to bluegrass in the musical genre blurs.
The "Band of 1" core allows for some mixed and melodic instrument adds.
Scott Turner - "... this is a great mix of tunes, and I think it's obvious I had a blast in the studio... I just wanted to make sure the audience knew I had a great time writing and recording these songs..."
...From chuckles to belly laughs, from swaying to waltzing, from clogging to two steppin, "Love and Sex" delivers the perfect mix of indie inspiration.
Artist influences include; Willie Nelson, Hayes Carll, John Prine, Jimmy Buffet, Tom Petty, Ricky Skaggs, Todd Snyder, Robert Earl Keen, Kris Kristofferson, and the late, great George Jones, and Hank Williams.
"I love old classic country music. Those old tunes will always be a part of my musical soul, but there are a whole bunch of great newer artists out here that have made their way into that same soul... "
Scott Turner's, "Love and Sex and other things that go good with beer" is becoming a favorite among "Band of 1" fans. This is what an Indie album is all about! Starting with the first cut, "Butter Face", a song that kicks the party off with rocking lap steel, raucous drums and groovin acoustic guitar, a stellar strat break and hilarious unforgettable lyrics.
"I am always hoping that if a song makes me laugh, it will make the audience laugh too."
Scott has captured some fabulous indie music sounds on this self-produced album, along with "Twain-ish, Prine-ian" moments of compelling lyrical twists. The writing is simple, sound, and seasoned, and the mega-multi instrument performance is pulled off in style by the one man wonder.
"...I guess when it comes down to it, if I were required to play the studio version in my live show, I would need about 10 arms..."
The second song, "Drink a Joint", a clever, fun and rowdy take on sobriety, easily slides into the Outlaw Country genre. This is a perfect example of a song that breaks away from the traditional "Band of 1" instrumentation and allows Scott to display his love for playing many other instruments. Here you will find classic drum sounds, fat and fluid bass, gutsy Gibson acoustic guitar strummin, and country blues electric guitar riffs counterpoint to the entertaining, story telling, swinging singing vocal... all performed by Scott.
"...this is a scene right out of the movie that I call my life... moments lived, lessons learned and then forgotten again... yeh, I'll drink to that!"
No tempo is lost heading into the third song of the album, "Fishin' and a Pickin'", a toe tappin’ sojourn of the same title. Scott adds bountiful riffs on the tri-cone resonator guitar and mandolin in this country bluegrass crossover. Some fine pickin' fills around a story of what it's like hanging out at the lake with Scott Turner and a great bunch of buddies.
"As far as my life is concerned, if I had it to do all over again, I'd spend more time fishing."
Batting clean-up, and definitely hitting a home-run in the classy department, "Maybe Baby" brings a certain air of innocence to the "Love and Sex" story. In this whimsical journey, instrumental variety is presented in the form of melodic clarinet played by seasoned pro Dave Driskell. No stranger to being in the studio or on stage with Scott, David demonstrates his mastery of the instrument, leads and harmonies all placed around the lyrics, painting the text and the story of this musical scenario.
Travel now to an Island where you'll find yourself at home anywhere and discover a recipe for fun. "Paradise" has an inspired feel of tropical breezes mixed with bar shots.
"This Train" delivers hard hitting bluegrass, driving rhythm with Skaggs inspired mandolin riffs and a high and lonesome expedition on the iron horse of life.
Smooth says it with a reflection on love lost. Dave Driskell brings in the 'sexyphone' to splatter classy riffs all over the song and along side of Scott's harmonica in "You Just Crossed My Mind".
And "Willie" rhymes with silly for a good reason in this answer to what life could be... A trip into the imagination of the man behind the curtain, a bigger than life journey that would be great to live.
Without a doubt, the most controversial and talked about song of the album, "I Miss Her" adds the final cut with a huge laugh in this gut splittingly funny song, delivering what will certainly be hailed as one of modern times most memorable musical moments.
Scott Turner - "I'm a one man band kind of guy…
. . . I enjoy playing with other musicians, but I love the challenge, and the process, of creating musical pieces by playing multiple instruments myself. This, along with friends making special guest appearances, makes for my kind of music making fun..."
Simultaneous playing of guitar, drums, and harmonica, and singing, are at the core of Scott's live performances, but not left alone in the studio. In the studio he can create music by providing all the instrumentation necessary for a full production sound; drums, bass, acoustic and electric guitars, lap steel and resonator guitars, mandolin, harmonica, piano, keys, etc., even string arrangements show up in the album mixes...