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July 15, 2020

Rock Jazz Soul

By: Laurie Gallardo

In a recent interview with Austin Music Foundation on Instagram, songwriter and musician Scott Strickland offered his observations of creating during quarantine. That is to say, the isolating has been challenging, but it’s also been a time of refocusing and refiguring live performances.

“I definitely have more time and more space to be working on stuff, which is amazing,” Strickland said. “So that’s a blessing of mine, that I have all this time to kind of just be one with the music, just dive into that, and not go anywhere or do anything, because…I can’t go anywhere or do anything,” he chuckled.

Right before the pandemic, Strickland was scheduled for studio time for his next LP. Though everyone playing in the same room is on hold for now, he and his crew have been figuring out logistics and having lots of conversations about how to proceed. Meanwhile, Strickland continues some social-distance working with producer/saxophonist Carlos Sosa at Sosa’s home studio, and with Mike Ingber and Eric Harrison of Studio 601 in South Austin, laying down drums, bass guitar and scratch vocals.

And, while Strickland’s rich rock-jazz-soul mantra has served him well, he says the new material brings “a dark, colorful, melancholy record…but it’s gonna make you feel really, really good.”

This is WINNING. Don’t miss Strickland’s live stream show at 7 p.m. (Central) tomorrow night, Thursday July 16, on the Austin Music Foundation’s Instagram.

-Photo courtesy of the artist.


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