Scott Cooley Records Announces the New Album "Bluebird Days II" from Solo Artist Scott Cooley
Digital Distribution Aggregator Snafu Sends Completed "Sequel" Album to Digital Partners 3 1/2 Years Earlier Than Planned Release Date
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE from Grand Blanc, Michigan - Just as with its predecessor, Bluebird Days, releasing the follow-up album, Bluebird Days II, is another act of setting free previously-caged birds, and the sequel is guaranteed to satisfy those who loved the first.
Independent solo recording artist Scott Cooley's 10th full-length studio record contains 13 new original songs, and although it was scheduled to be released on June 21st, 2022, due to a distributor snafu, it has now been available in online music stores since Jan. 29th, 2019.
Bluebird Days II is another mix of the acoustic garage rock, folk punk, and Americana styles Cooley has helped define, revive and sustain respectively since the late 90s, with traces of blues, funk, psychedelic, reggae, and art rock with the unplugged, DIY aesthetic for which he is known.
Again Cooley did everything himself - he wrote the songs, recorded himself performing them, etc., with the only assistance coming from Scott's late father Richard E. Cooley, who took the cover photograph, and his lovely wife Lenore who played the accordion on the last track.
Also like the first Bluebird Days, this album gets its title from the fact that there are several songs that fall into one of three categories - they're either 1) about birds or flying, 2) about the color blue or feeling blue, or 3) inspired by Scott's past experiences as a ski bum who lived for those sunny blue-sky days spent skiing after a foot of fresh snow had fallen the night before.
The rest sort of fit this theme enough to neatly fill out yet another record in the same vein.
This collection of both new and rewritten/re-recorded versions of older recording project candidate songs that were previously weeded out, includes some that had their beginnings in Cooley's live performance days in Colorado.
Those die-hard fans in possession of early 90s live bootlegs and rare, studio cassette tape recordings will already be familiar with and will especially appreciate this previously-unreleased group of new and/or resurrected originals by the award-winning songwriter.
Many have either been in the live repertoire, or have appeared in some previous state on past bootleg CDs, with the first incarnations of some appearing in first-take rough draft form - either from live living room jams, open mic nights, with duos & bands, or even 4-track demos shared amongst his earliest appreciators.
This batch will please those who knew a more daring Scott Cooley in his reckless youth, as many prefer the more bold, politically incorrect, rebellious, controversial, blatantly honest and/or uncensored outtakes and rejects and think they are actually among the best songs he has to offer.
Due to popular demand for more of the same by those who heard the first Bluebird Days and insisted many tunes they'd heard before were still unreleased, they're now finally available: "Once people heard the first Bluebird Days album, they wanted more."
Knowing several fan favorites still remained unreleased, Cooley dug deeper into the archives to bring new life to many, and in the process, became inspired to write several more along the same lines.
"This follow-up is another example of giving the people what they want!" ~ Scott Cooley
At the time of publication, we are unable to confirm any planned shows, radio play, or forthcoming reviews from well-known and/or respected print or online publications the album will be receiving. Stay tuned to www.scottcooley.com/news for related information as it becomes available.
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Cooley, Scott Richard (born June 21st, 1967 in Flint, Michigan) is a songwriter and musician who is not particularly notable in any way. Due to the fact that he has never been a live performer who sought press coverage, no independent reliable media sources have ever published any works about him. He has not ever participated in any sort of a concert tour.
He did however appear as a featured solo artist playing live on a community access television station once on an episode of a show called “Songwriters Open Mic On The Road” in Harbor Springs, Michigan that aired in Ann Arbor.
Although he has self-released via aggregator distributors several albums and many songs, none have ever appeared on any country's national music chart at all, let alone achieved any sales certifications.
His albums have not ever been affiliated with any type of record label - whether it be major, important indie, or non-important indie.
He has actually played in ensembles that featured musicians who later gained independent notoriety either as prominent members of other groups (Corbin Daugherty of Acoustic Circus) or as solo artists (J. Scott Thompson).
Not only has he been listed as being influential as a songwriter by other songwriters, he has also been named as being influential as a DIY independent producer, performer and engineer of recorded garage rock music played on all acoustic instruments who was among the first to release recordings online through aggregator distributors when such a thing became possible.
Riding the coat tails of Detroit-based garage rock revival bands of the early 2000s such as the White Stripes and the popular MTV show Unplugged, Scott brought together the spirit of other influential Michigan garage rock bands such as The Stooges, MC5, Question Mark and the Mysterians, and Grand Funk Railroad with the all-acoustic folk punk sound of the Violent Femmes.
In the mid-2000s, Scott's early album releases in online music stores such as iTunes and Amazon helped to define what was later described as "Acoustic Garage Rock," and in doing so, made him a prominent representative of that style of music, particularly in the Great Lakes region where fans appreciated lyrical subject matter about the region.
Also during this time period, he entered a now-defunct international songwriting contest sponsored by Billboard magazine and won an honorable mention t-shirt.
One such song that is perhaps his most well-known is titled "Mackinac Island."
Another called "Smitten With The Mitten" was said to be a candidate for consideration of being designated one of the state songs for the state of Michigan, and further, for consideration of use in public elementary school music classes for the purpose of teaching children the state symbols.
Scott has been described as having a sound that is a blend of two of his biggest influences - Jimmy Buffett and the Violent Femmes - so you can imagine songs about boats and beaches and islands with a Carribbean flavor played on acoustic-only instruments in a stripped-down, minimalist band with hints of punk rock and Motown, delivered with whiny Midwestern vocals. ;-)
Emerging from a poverty-stricken area known for violence, unemployment and a lack of potable water taught Scott survival skills that have served him well in not giving up on a music career that has enjoyed steady, organic growth.
Scott's musical history, which began with taking Intro To Guitar as a Senior-year "blow off class" in college, evolved to playing lead guitar in blues and classic rock bands, performing as one half of an acoustic duo with an apres-ski gig at a ski area, to teaching himself to play new instruments such as harmonica, ukulele, bass, marimba, keyboards, drums & percussion, to the award-winning singer-songwriter and indie solo recording artist that he is today.
Among the most impressive accomplishments are the fact that every two years since the turn of the century, Scott has released a new album of original songs on which he does everything you hear himself. In all, the catalog includes well over 100 self-penned, produced and recorded originals performed with both a signature acoustic garage rock style, but with hints of tropical and Americana and a nice variety in song form, subject matter, tempo and even instrumentation.
On the positive side, the do-it-all-yourself home studio recordings are somewhere in between a rough demo tape and polished product from a professional studio and producer. So some minor imperfections and a somewhat amateur quality keeps it refreshingly real compared to the slick, fake-sounding mainstream music of today.
Really good songwriting from someone raised on the popular music of the late 70s and early 80s with a great appreciation for America's best singer-songwriters and acoustic guitarists overcomes any lack of auto-tuning, programmed drum loops, or virtual instruments. Each song gives you a raw version in which you can hear great potential that involving pros and investing money might realize; and yet somehow, fans grow to appreciate and even prefer these under-produced versions the way they are.
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February 9, 2019 12:00am ET by Scott Cooley