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Will Scott: Reviews

"Once you've heard Will Scott it's hard to forget him... gutsy blues-tinged voice, distinctive guitar style and soulful songwriting"

George Nott - The Guardian (Oct 20, 2011)

"Scott is gifted and innovative, a skilful and insightful songwriter with a fantastic voice. Deep and seductive, it adds further emotional resonance to already spine tingling compositions. A commanding performance - I loved him!" (Live review of performance at Maverick Festival).

Reviews of Keystone Crossing

"Will Scott's Keystone Crossing continues to stake his claim as America's most soulful country blues artist." (Four Stars)

Andy Fyfe - Q Magazine (Aug 30, 2011)

Best Blues Song nominee at the 11th Annual Independent Music Awards for "Last Rest Stop." (Winners yet to be announced).

Top 10 Blues albums of 2011

"Here we are talking about real roots... runs through country, blues and gospel influences along the southern route like JJ Grey and his band Mofro often take."

"Brings blues, country, gospel, and Western swing to the table and delivers cohesive, haunting results." (Four Stars)

PR - Guitarist Magazine (Jul 7, 2011)

"Will Scott is [...] an eclectic master of all things Americana. His latest album Keystone Crossing is a characteristically dark, fearless, completely original mix of both acoustic and electric blues, oldtime country and gospel sounds. It’s the best thing he’s done, and it’s one of the best albums that’s come over the transom here this year."

Alan Young - LucidCulture (Jun 14, 2011)

"It's the voice that gets you. A deep, dark, hurt thing, it compels you to listen, whatever story it's telling."

"Keystone Crossing... shows off Scott's rich, deep, trembling voice in the very best possible light." (9/10 stars)

John Hawes - Americana UK (Jul 17, 2011)

"One of the best country/blues, rock and Americana albums to come out this year.... Get your hands on this ASAP and play it all the way through again, again, and again." (5 Stars, for Keystone Crossing)

Adrian Phillips - AllGigs (Jul 11, 2011)

"Readers with a taste for Americana have probably already bought this album, and are enjoying it immensely!" (8/10)

"The album [...] highlights his deep bluesy voice, that sounds as if it would be right at home on the ghost riders range. You really notice how special it is when he harmonises some native American style chants. Equally as impressive on the album is the guitar work, not just his, but also Ben Peeler's lap steel. Soulful Americana."

"Pure heavy duty Americana... a powerhouse vocal performance from Scott. That's the way to do it."

Will Scott is rapidly becoming a name to look out for on the Americana / roots scene, thanks to some memorable songs and a voice as viscous as molasses. “Keystone Crossing”, his third long player, should keep him in the spotlight. It’s mix of country, blues and soul is uplifting, though often measured and intensely expressive, the depth of his voice providing plenty of shade to songs that drip emotional resonance. Highlights are copious.

"It's the slightly twisted, even maverick nature of his original songs that's the most intriguing."

Reviews of Gnawbone

Four Stars. "The rumbling title track alone will set hellhounds on your trail, a vibe he sustains throughout."

"Will Scott’s debut studio solo recording draws on southern rock, blues and music akin to Jim Morrison of the Doors even, as he embraces everything that is good in Americana music... One of the most impressive new acts of his kind to come along in quite some time."

"Gnawbone is a true Americana album with all of the early sounds of country, folk, rock and roll, and then there are modern twists to keep you on your toes... Chew on Gnawbone for awhile. It won't go stale."

2009 Independent Music Awards finalist, Album of the Year, Blues Category

"One of the best CDs I have heard in years... A perfect voice for Southern style music... We'll gladly lay claim to him here."

You ever just fall in love with an artist’s music the very first time you heard them play? Such was the case with the music of Will Scott... It’s been a while since an artist captivated my attention the way Will Scott has done... it is indeed a breath of fresh air to hear something so real, so honest, from an independent artist.

"Top Ten best selling records of the year, 2009, at Music Matters"

"Editor's Pick" in Juke Joint Blues category. Gnawbone also reached #2 on CDBaby's Americana Chart, #1 on their Juke Joint Blues Chart, and #1 in its "mood" category.
- CDBaby (Aug 6, 2009)
"Scott has the unique ability to deliver a song vocally with the soul and passion that drives a song home. His vocal presence is astounding."
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