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Scott Smith’s Small Town USA and Got a Hundred Dollar Bill EP Review

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Scott Smith’s Small Town USA and Got a Hundred Dollar Bill EP Review

The cover for singer-songwriter-guitarist Scott Smith’s blues rock single, ‘Small Town USA.’

Artist: Scott Smith: Vocals and guitar; Jeff Martin: Bass; and Vic Carberry: Drums

Singles on EP: ‘Small Town USA’ and ‘Got a Hundred Dollar Bill;’ Mixed and edited by composer-producer-music director, Julie Wolf

Prolific Bay Area rocker, Scott Smith is proving his distinct versatility as a singer-songwriter-instrumentalist with the release of his latest two songs, ‘Small Town USA’ and ‘Got a Hundred Dollar Bill.’ Distributed as a dual single bundle EP in advance of his next full length album, the tracks notably showcase his natural ability to distinctly fuse together such genres as blues, Americana, folk and country in his signature guitar strumming and gritty vocals, in order to celebrate the life he leads.

The renowned veteran musician crafted a playful blues tune with ‘Small Town USA,’ which pays tribute to the guitar and vocal skills of such fellow Americana-folk rock singer-songwriter-guitarists as Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp. Driven by nostalgic lyrics and sentimental guitar strumming, particularly by Smith’s fellow California musician, Spencer Burroughs, on the Hammond B-3, the patriotic tune celebrates the life residents lead in small American towns, where their tight-knit bonds offer them a true sense of community.

Smith smoothly croons such meaningful lyrics as people feel as though the good times won’t last, but he feels that’s the point of living life in the title neighborhood. Also crooning the powerful metaphor that the break of dawn shines a light on the joy of living in a close-knit neighborhood throughout the song, ‘Small Town USA’s upbeat vocals and instrumentals ultimately provide promise that there is still hope in America.

‘Small Town USA’ is accompanied by the resilient and boisterous garage rock band sound of ‘Got a Hundred Dollar Bill,’ which is the perfect ode to the carefree, party lifestyle of his young adulthood. Featuring a more classic rock sound on the guitar, and grittier vocals, than on ‘Small Town USA,’ Smith’s true versatility as a musician is on full display. The track evokes the notion of people enjoying the fun in their lives through its tantalizing lyrics; the singer croons that that by having the title money in his pocket as he drives an old pick-up truck with a wild rodeo queen next to him, he’s leading the wild life that many people dream about.

‘Small Town USA’ and ‘Got a Hundred Dollar Bill’ are the latest brilliant singles from the stunningly creative Smith, who once again proves his distinct versatility as a singer-songwriter-instrumentalist. The Bay Area rocker notably showcase his natural ability to distinctly fuse together such genres as blues, Americana, folk and country in his signature guitar strumming and gritty vocals on the two tunes. The striking interweaving of the instrumentals and vocals on the unique tunes serve as a true celebration of the life the musician leads, and their overall relatability make them true summertime stand-outs.

For more information on Smith, visit his SoundCloud page.

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As a life-long fan of entertainment, particularly films, television and music, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic. While still attending college, Karen began writing for Shockya during the summer of 2007, when she began writing horror movie reviews. Since she began writing for Shockya, Karen has been promoted to the position of Senior Movies & Television Editor. Some of her duties in the position include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, producing posts on celebrity news and contributing reviews on albums and concerts. Some of her highlights include attending such festivals and conventions as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, SXSW, Toronto After Dark, the Boston Film Festival and New York Comic-Con.

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