Now I’m Free
There are poets, there are songwriters, there are painters of fine art, and there’s Bill Scorzari. The new album, Now I’m Free is a bold and delicate balance of each. To say it is a thing of beauty is an understatement. The album has played continuously these last few months since crossing my desk. To compare Now I’m Free to the other albums released at this time would be unfair to the industry. Perhaps Dylan or Townes could go toe to toe, but my money’s on Scorzari. He makes me want to be a better writer. His writing is vivid and succinct. Now I’m Free is the third release from Bill Scorzari and I’m mystified that the songwriting community isn’t as hip to this artist as they should. To paraphrase his own writing, perhaps now is when his day will come, his time will come along.
Bill Scorzari has a reputation for gathering a cast of stellar artists in one space, setting them in motion, and hitting record. The album was performed live in the studio. It is authentically crafted. The album is raw, and powerful, and beautiful. Each of the fifteen original songs speaks to the human condition. Bill Scorzari pulls from those places tucked well away. So hidden you weren’t aware they were looking for a way out, but here they are with daylight shining on them and you begin to feel their warmth. The hidden layers reveal themselves in time. Like anything worth waiting for, these songs get better each time you listen. There’s a lot to take in, and you’ll want to capture all of it.
Neilson Hubbard is quoted as saying, “The purpose of art is to heal”. Now I’m Free is relaxing, healing, or even zen-like in its presentation if you’re so inclined. Bill Scorzari’s hushed vocals are beautifully worn in places. Perhaps by life’s lessons. The lyrics are deep and poetically revealing. The phrasing is melodic. The album is masterfully orchestrated, and the live instrumentation elevates it to an otherworldly experience. Now I’m Free was produced by Neilson Hubbard, recorded and mixed by engineer Dylan Alldredge, and mastered by Jim DeMain, and includes a stellar cast of musicians. Bill Scorzari is the lead vocalist and plays acoustic guitars. Will Kimbrough plays electric, slide, and cigar box guitars, mandolin, and piano. Juan Solorzano plays electric, lap steel, and acoustic guitars. Megan McCormick adds lap steel and harmony vocals. Erin Rae and Mia Rose Lynne add harmony vocals. Brent Burke plays dobro. Greg Krockta plays harmonica. Michael Rinne plays upright and electric bass. And Neilson Hubbard added drums, percussion, and piano. “Now I’m Free” Releases September 20, 2019. Every song is a gem, and if I’m choosing my favorite it is the song “Yes I Will” for its honesty. It’s like a fine wine in music form. It gets better the more it breathes. Enjoy! Let me know your favorites.
- Viola Krouse