Paradiddle records and CCI Music are pleased to announce the release of Homegrown, the new album by Jay Scott. Several years of performing with bands including Square 1 and Simple Citizen took Jay Scott from his home town of Patchogue, Long Island to New York City, Southern California and back, and the time on the road helped him refine his unique vocal and acoustic guitar style and provided the inspiration for a number of original songs. Scott moved back to Patchogue in 2003, fell in love with Kim, and they got married and purchased their first home in 2006. The following year Jay and Kim welcomed their son Raymond into the world in March. Like many young couples trying to make ends meet, Kim and Jay both work full time. Somehow Jay has found time to write songs, rehearse, record and perform as his audience continues to grow. Scott started performing solo in 2004, urged by Simple Citizen drummer Christie DeFeo to resist the lucrative cover band" scene and continue to write and perform his own songs. The two recorded a four song EP in DeFeo's home studio, giving the homemade CDs out at live shows to appreciative fans. The fluid nature of the band prompted DeFeo to coin the name "Grand Case Scenario" for Scott's backing band, as opposed to the worst case scenario of having a gig booked but not having a full band to play the show. Friends and fellow musicians continue to perform with Scott to this day, as does DeFeo, who performs with numerous other musicians but often reminds Scott "I'm with you till the wheels fall off!". At a 2005 open mic night at BrickHouse Brewery in Patchogue, Christopher Capobianco was in the back of the bar when he heard Jay for the first time and was immediately drawn to the stage to hear what he called "an amazing voice and great songs". He came back several weeks later to see Jay with his band, and was hooked. As coordinator of Live in the Lobby, the local original music series at the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts (PTPA), Capobianco and his fellow volunteers booked Scott and his band for a January 2007 show there, the acoustic "Concert for the Lobby" in July and the September Patchogue Jam 2 on the PTPA main stage featuring five acts who had played the Lobby. In October, the Jay Scott sound gelled when Grand Case Scenario became DeFeo, Aaron Palmadessa on lead and lap steel guitars, and Square 1 bassist Jason Tebaldi. Palmadessa's sweet slide and dynamic lead guitar and Tebaldi's powerhouse bass playing were the perfect compliment to DeFeo and Scott and long time fans knew that Jay Scott had finally found his band. Earlier that year, Scott began to nudge Capobianco to become his manager, saying "you're a music fan and a businessman, and that's what I need". He eventually gave in and starting working with Scott, forming CCI Music as a division of his company, Christopher Collaborative Inc. He soon introduced Scott to Bill Herman, president of Long Island based Paradiddle Records, who had presented several Paradiddle artists in the Lobby and volunteers his time and expertise as sound engineer for the monthly concerts. They discussed a full length Jay Scott album. "I had more than enough songs for a full length CD" Scott said, "but with a new house and a new baby it was not in the cards to be able to afford studio time". Capturing Scott's live sound on CD was another option, but Herman cautioned that most of history's great live albums have been recorded over many nights so that the best performances are used on the finished product. The three came up with the idea of a "controlled" live recording, with the option of starting, stopping and/or repeating songs as needed. "I thought of the Lobby right away", Scott said. "I loved playing there and the acoustics are great!" PTPA agreed to rent the lobby to Scott, several friends and local businesses sponsored the event, and over 80 people purchased tickets for the Sunday evening concert on January 6, 2008. Jay Scott and Grand Case Scenario did not disappoint, performing a memorable show in front of a packed audience. The resulting CD was produced by Herman and Capobianco, with a beautiful package designed by Tebaldi and Capobianco featuring photography by four local photographers. The group effort and the fact it was recorded in his home town led Scott to name the album Homegrown.
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