Scott Gagner





Scott's second LP, Rise & Shine, harkens back to a golden era of analog warmth, soulful vocals, and true musicianship. The album was recorded live to 2" analog tape at San Francisco's Decibelle Recording by JJ Wiesler (Vic Chesnutt, Girls). It features an amazing cast of musicians including Ken Stringfellow (The Posies, Big Star, R.E.M.), John Vanderslice's backing band, and members of the Magik*Magik Orchestra. This beautiful, melodic, and emotionally direct set of songs was born out of a mutual love of 1970's singer-songwriters and pre-WWII standards. Recommended for fans of Ron Sexsmith, Nick Lowe, and Harry Nilsson. It also contains a cover of The Ink Spots 1941 classic "I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire." The album is already making waves, with lead single "Waterloo" premiering on USA Today.


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Originally from Minnesota, Scott began his musical career as a drummer soaking up local favorites Hüsker Dü, The Replacements, and The Jayhawks. He moved to San Francisco, traded his drum sticks for an acoustic guitar, and began writing. From the start, his songs were rhythmically sophisticated and melodically mature, with hooks both surprising and inevitable. An obsession with home recording quickly developed, and he soon found himself spending every night hunched over a cheap four-track cassette recorder. Several years and several hundred songs later, Gagner was ready to polish the best tracks for his acclaimed, genre-hopping debut Rhapsody in Blonde. His second LP, Rise & Shine is at once more sonically focused and ambitious, swimming in lush layers of vibraphone, strings, and horns.


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