Making a Scene Presents an interview with Bill Scorzari!
Bill Scorzari’s sound is gritty, raw and at times, downright sad. His songs transition through a multitude of emotions and themes centered on the experiences of the human condition. Of his music, some say it’s spoken word, and others, an amalgam of the voice of Tom Waits, the lyricism of John Mooreland, the delivery of Sam Baker and the soul of Kris Kristofferson. No Depression says: New York based, singer-songwriter, “Bill Scorzari is a force. His songwriting is stellar, his picking above par and his voice fits his songs perfectly.”
On the very day that Bill was born, his dad (a preeminent New York Trial Attorney), met with the Dean of his law-school alma mater, and together, the two friends completed a “mock” application for young Bill’s immediate enrollment as a student of the law. Some twenty-seven years later, Bill graduated from that very same law school. And, thus began the long and formative passage upon which Bill was at first destined to follow in the footsteps and ethos of his proud father. The later passing of Bill’s dad and role model, opened a new chapter – one that required a giant leap towards pursuing a passion that had long been tucked away in Bill’s heart.
Bill picked up his first guitar at the age of 8. It was a nylon string acoustic, a gift from his mom and dad. He later formed his first band with some of the older kids in and around his home town, and played his first club gig at the age of 13. Bill’s musical tastes grew to be all-inclusive as he explored different genres throughout his high school and college years. In 2008, he stumbled upon a Live-at-Paste recording of Justin Townes Earle performing “Mama’s Eyes.” The song resonated within his soul and sparked the kind of life-altering moment that you hear a person speak of, that singular moment when everything changed.
Bill began writing songs again, and with the encouragement of a close friend/local recording engineer, he recorded and released his debut album, Just The Same, in 2014. He later formed a band with a group of local musicians and began performing his own music live.
In 2015, Bill was introduced to Yep Roc recording artist, Jonah Tolchin. They became friends and later agreed that Tolchin would produce Bill’s second release. In November of 2015, they met at the famed Bomb Shelter in East Nashville. There, together with musicians Joachim Cooder, Kim Richey, Will Kimbrough, Chris Scruggs, Laur Joamets, Eamon Mclaughlin, Brent Burke and more, they recorded, mixed and mastered Bill’s second record, Through These Waves, in just 14 days. The record was released on March 10, 2017 to critical acclaim and jumped straight to #1 on the Americana Music Association’s Most-Added-Radio-Stations Top-50 chart. It later also landed on many Top-Albums-of-2017 lists, including Folk Alley and Elmore Magazine.
Bill has shared bills with Sarah Jarosz, Sam Outlaw, The Dustbowl Revival, Tall Tall Trees, Seldom Scene, Billy Strings, Frank Fairfield, Tom Marion, Zak Sokolow, Jonah Tolchin, Jenni Lyn Gardner (Della Mae), Jeff Scroggins and Colorado, Twisted Pine, Whiskey Myers, Big Country and many others.
In July of 2019 Bill became “One of the folk,” giving his milestone first-performance at Newport Folk Festival.
Bill recorded his third full length album of all original music in April of 2019. The album titled, Now I’m Free, produced by Neilson Hubbard, was recorded at Skinny Elephant Recording in Inglewood, Tennessee, and includes performances by Erin Rae, Will Kimbrough, Eamon McLoughlin, Michael Rinne and more. Bill says of the record: “During the past three years and beyond, I found myself in a place that demanded prolonged introspection and profound healing to be able to navigate through and journey past. This record is a journal of some of the lessons and discoveries that I’ve encountered along the way.” Now I’m Free is scheduled for release on September 20, 2019.