Bloodshot Records signed Chicago singer/songwriter and banjoist/guitarist Al Scorch. His second full-length album (and Bloodshot Records debut) will be released in the spring of 2016.
If you’ve been around the Chicago music scene over the last few years it’s likely that you’ve seen Al Scorch. While the city can be a mishmash of punk bands, free jazz, hip hop MCs, and everything in between, Scorch finds a way to traverse genres and get the crowd’s feet stomping in unison, no matter the venue or demographic breakdown.
We’ve seen him in varying scenarios both in and outside our collective hometown, always bringing audiences into his corner before his blistering sets are through. He has crushed crowds with his mutating Country Soul Ensemble, opening for acts like Screaming Females and Saintseneca. He’s had listeners hanging on every word during solo performances, while sharing the stage with heavy-hitting songwriters a la Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music) and Jim Adkins (Jimmy Eat World). He can hold his own on bills with progressive wizards like Danny Barnes and Peter Rowan, too. And he’s even encouraged local voters to get to the polls in the hilariously rapped “The City Hall Shuffle” video:
Scorch’s music and lyrics straddle the line between bone-chilling, literary testimonials and boisterous, revival tent revelry. There are elements of bluegrass and country throughout, at times evinced by his breakneck clawhammer banjo technique and poignant acoustic guitar takes. Balancing wedges of punk, old-time string band, American and European folk, and soulful balladry, Scorch is an entertainer, DIY road warrior, storyteller, and one hell of a musician. We couldn’t be happier to have him join the Bloodshot family.
Oct 9th – the Hideout – Riverwalk – Chicago IL
Oct 21st – SPACE – Evanston IL
Nov 12th – UW – Peck School of the Arts – Milwaukee WI
Nov 27th – Lincoln Hall – Chicago IL
Dec 15th – 5 Spot – Nashville TN ($2 Tuesday)