And on bass … Scott Bricklin. That is how we first heard of him many years ago in Europe: First as Joseph Parsons’s sideman, later on as a member of the mini-super group US Rails. And he proved himself to be the equal of more established artists like Parsons, Ben Arnold and Tom Gillam, sharing songwriting and lead vocal duties. 2011 saw the release of Bricklin’s solo debut after many years as a team player on the Philadelphia scene. Now, the in-demand session and studio musician releases the much-awaited follow-up: Lost ‚Til Dawn, his second solo outing, is a real fine rock-pop album with strong songs and a timeless quality derived from the building blocks Beatles, Stones and Tom Petty. And, yes, he also plays the bass but the focus is on Scott Bricklin as a multi-talented musician handling everything from songwriting to vocals and the album mix.
Bricklin is an artist with a history as multi-instrumentalist, producer, recording engineer, singer and songwriter. With his brother Brian he played in the 80s Philly group Bricklin, then joined Martin’s Dam, toured extensively with Joseph Parsons, backed up the Figgs and Graham Parker and – along with Parsons and Arnold – was a member of 4 Way Street, a band modeled after CSNY and Buffalo Springfield. Since the mid-2000s he has been living in Paris, working a lot with US Rails who are very popular in Europe and every now and then he plays his own shows. His 2011 solo debut offered twelve catchy tracks in a semi-acoustic rocking style and Lost ‚Til Dawn is the logical follow-up.
With the rocking opener ‚Fire On Fire‘ with its Stonesy guitars and a strong chorus, Scott Bricklin starts out a diversified album full of meaty rockers, catchy pop melodies, enchanting ballads and subtle acoustic folk. The swampy, slide-driven rocker ‚Maybe Less Than Before‘ has a Little Feat vibe. ‚On The Rock‘ is a smooth, semi-acoustic country rocker a la George Harrison while the album’s title track is a driving rocker with great riffs and strong shouter vocals. Following the acoustic folk-pop of ‚Let Me Go‘ is ‚Babyshoes‘, a pop-rocker reminiscent of Abbey Road-Beatles with a touch of Clapton guitar. In the beautifully melodious ballad ‚The Ferry‘, Scott Bricklin comes across as a very competent soul crooner. Other tracks like ‚The Other Side‘ and ‚Make A Lotta Love‘ offer up guitar rock Tom Petty-style while between the dreamy folkie song ‚Goldtown‘ and the carefully built ballad ‚I Would‘ the great album’s sleeper hit may be hidden.
Scott Bricklin’s vocals have a likeable rough edge yet are very versatile. He also plays numerous guitars, mandolin, banjo, piano, organ, bass, drums and percussion. He wrote, produced, recorded and mixed all the album’s twelve tracks together with his Paris musician friends Felix Beguin (guitars, keys, backing vocals, co-producer) and Jeremy Norris (drums, percussion, backing vocals). US Rails drummer Matt Muir guests on one song – proving that once again Scott Bricklin is a vanity-free team player.