Scott Nolan has forged a career as a rootsy, rockin’ singer/songwriter and bandleader. He released a string of increasingly interesting and acclaimed albums, culminating with an album called Silverhill, which was recorded with American roots supergroup Willie Sugarcapps in 2015.
Scott’s highest-profile successes though have come through other artists. He toured for a long time alongside his longtime drummer and friend Joanna Miller backing up Mary Gauthier. His work was championed by Hayes Carll, who recorded Scott’s song “Bad Liver and a Broken Heart,” and has performed it around the world, singing Scott’s praises wherever he goes.
These days, Scott is busiest with the recording studio he built in his back yard, called The Song Shop. There, he recorded an album with Ben de la Cour, who you heard on the show in episode 5, and a number of other artists, including William Prince, who’s gone on to huge success in Canada and internationally. For Prince’s second record, Reliever, made with the help of a huge international label, he had the opportunity to record with one of the biggest name producers in roots music, Dave Cobb, but split the recording and producing with Scott here in Winnipeg, which says a lot about the value and importance of Scott’s touch.
He also has a book of poetry out, called The Moon Was a Feather. He’s recently developed a skill and a fondness for collage art, and has been very active creating collages daily.
Find out more about Scott and purchase his albums at his website: www.scottnolan.ca
Scott’s recent work with Glenn Buhr can be found at DreamPlay
“Little Dreamer” and “Forever Is a Long Time” are from Scott Nolan’s album Silverhill. You can buy it from Scott’s website or his record label, Transistor 66
“Bad Liver and a Broken Heart” is from Hayes Carll‘s album Trouble in Mind.
“Candy” can be found at Scott’s Bandcamp page.
Wonderful interview between you, Jeff, and Scott! So interesting, relatable, inspiring and enjoyable!!
Thanks for this time with Scott, I haven’t seen him for months now but I do see his art everyday. Scott and I made Visiting Day and Chasing a Song together and it was very rewarding experience getting know him while making those films about his life journey.
“The bars weren’t doing a good job., they were selling beer..”
I like your style Scott.. great perspective. Thanks for your honesty.