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His music earnest and expectant, if a little weatherworn and weary, Winnipeg-based songwriter and performer Scott Nolan has earned the esteem his works have rendered. Some have called him noteworthy, even acclaimed - but the smart money cites Nolan as a voice rarely heard this side of the century, a musician who shrugs away any five-dollar-cover singer-songwriter motifs before he unsnaps his guitar case. His are the songs sung for people with a past, sturdily backlit with unswerving musicianship and a disposition rooted in the best of rock n' roll, roots and Americana.

Born in Toronto and raised in Winnipeg, Nolan hasn't been without an instrument in his hands as far back as he can remember. His efforts in several bands, including Leaderhouse and Motel 75, soon directed him toward a strong solo career that has secured him a place in the ranks of the country's finest songwriters and performers. A seasoned multi-instrumentalist, Nolan has recorded (alongside bandmate and drummer Joanna Miller) with several modern Americana tastemakers, including the Holmes Brothers, Hayes Carll and Gurf Morlix.

Weaving seamlessly between the twang of parlor electric guitar and heavy-hearted dirges, Nolan's body of work offers an interchange of heady balladry as well as more muscular outflow. With five full-length recordings, two Western Canadian Music Award nominations and countless tours, "Bad Liver/Broken Heart" - a track from Nolan's record, Receiver/Reflector - won second prize in the International Songwriting Competition in the Americana category.

Though some of his compositions deliver in a sparse and intimate tender - some would say even hushed - Nolan's sonic rancor isn't dug in too deeply, breaking forth with a crisp, yet threadbare elegance reminiscent of Tom Waits, Bob Dylan and Patti Smith. Scott Nolan's music is not the stuff that sidles into the background -- even when it's obscured: anyone who knows what's worth looking at will know exactly where to find it.


* Scott was a double nominee at this years Western Canadian Music Awards with appearances in the Best Songwriter Category and Best Roots Album

* Scott recorded his song " Ain't Dead Yet" with the famed Holmes Brothers and will be doing more recording with the legendary American roots masters.

* "Bad Liver/Broken Heart" was recorded by Hayes Carll on his latest record "Trouble in Mind"* This song is in solid rotation in the USA and across Europe.

*Produced Adam Carroll's ( noted Americana/roots artist ) latest record " Old Town Rock and Rolll" . This record has received rave reviews and spent several weeks in the top 30 on the Americana music charts.

* "Bad Liver/Broken Heart", was the second place winner in the International Songwriting Competition for 2008, in the Americana category. ( Over 15,000 entries)

* Feature article in " Penguin Eggs" folk, roots, and world music magazine ,Autumn issue 2008

Scott opened for and collaborated with Hayes Carl ,of Texas, on his recent Canadian tour and also toured with Adam Carrol and Gurf Morlix in 2008.

* Opened for Watermelon Slim and the Workers in Kansas City , Kansas.

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