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Still

by Hilary Scott & The New County Line

Stunning vocals, intense instrumentals, songs you will want to listen to again and again - a new soundtrack to your life!
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. Untitled (So Long) Hilary Scott & The New County Line
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2. Labor Of Love Hilary Scott & The New County Line
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3. Fighting Odds (Take What You Get) Hilary Scott & The New County Line
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4. Hallelujah Hilary Scott & The New County Line
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5. Still Hilary Scott & The New County Line
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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The EP, "Still," (the first release on independent label Belltown Records for Hilary Scott and The New County Line), is a sonic adventure. Choosing to record in St. Louis' Sawhorse studios - (recently voted best STL studio by the Riverfront Times) and working with talented engineer Jason MacEntire, band members Scott, Gennaro, and Schilling approached this record with a solid plan and open minds. Experimenting with sounds such as a dropped anvil, stomping on plywood, and recording multi-layer handclaps, the band took their indie-folk sound to a very unique place. Songs on the album range from anthemic, driving, punch-in-the-gut emotional roller-coasters laden with Hammond organ, to bouncy, unexpected three-minute tantalizers that leave you wanting to press "repeat." Hilary Scott, songwriter and lead vocalist for the band, had the opportunity to play on the same piano on which Ike and Tina recorded their first hit - one of the many cool facets of the process that went into creating "Still".

Several tracks on this album are songs Scott had been thinking about and developing for years while she toured solo in Asia and Europe. Upon her return to the US and the formation of Hilary Scott and The New County Line in 2010, Scott, Gennaro, and Schilling began arranging the songs and building a unique sound for themselves, step by step. Lyrically, Scott's writing can be brooding, longing, or even playful at times. Scott is most noted for her voice, which receives critical acclaim in reviews of her work. The inclusion of one cover, Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah,' allows Hilary Scott to showcase her emotion-laden vocal arrangements at their best. She also plays piano, organ, and acoustic guitar on the album. AJ Gennaro performs multi-layer percussion tracks that are intense, driving, and clean. Josh Schilling, also a multi-instrumentalist, performs bass, electric guitar, and backing vocals, and without wasting a note, expresses heavy emotion in his guitar solos.

Reviewers have this to say:

“In only five songs, Hilary Scott and the New County Line, manage to do something that most artists can’t do in a full length album; deliver a completely satisfying listen that transcends categorization and genre…If you had to define their sound it would be [akin] to an indie-pop group with their largely piano driven, atmospheric pieces. Few pop songs are this lush though, and fewer still would include the use of a Hammond organ. When all the pieces are added and committed to record, the end result is something that can’t be classified but can certainly be described as amazing.” – Heath Andrews (5 out of 5 stars) (Review You. Heath also writes for Ithaca College, 106VIC)

“Hilary Scott and The New County Line’s Still, is a standout album of the year. This is the making of a classic. A stunning record that knows no boundaries…” – Melissa Natasi (Review You. Melissa also writes for Breakthrough Radio.com, My Music Success.com, Green Shoelace.com)

“ Pinning down influences on Hilary Scott and the New County Line is both somewhat difficult as well as fairly straightforward (if you can dig it). There’s a lot percolating around in there. Take a dash of this and a little more of that as you like it: Joan Baez, Natalie Merchant, Alison Krauss, Regina Spektor, Tori Amos…if it sounds like cherry picking, that’s because it is, and with good reason, as all these artists and more make their way into Scott’s sound. Perhaps easier is to hit on some loose genres and let one’s imagination take over, so here goes: pop, country, Americana, gospel, the new Nashville sound, folk, the sound of long car-trips across the American Midwest…you get the picture. Scott’s voice is strong, and the underpinnings of her music skew towards a personalized sound-collage of various tangents of American pop and neo-Americana of the past few decades. What’s there is both fresh and familiar.” – Reed Burnham (Review You)

“Scott has done well to build up a good reputation for the female music scene. She shows that artists are not limited to merely one genre of music, but that there is instead a whole world of opportunity that can be opened to someone given that they have the right amount of talent. Through both solo projects and previous group projects, Scott has made her way. But she is currently reveling in what should very well be considered the success of her current group project with The New County Line.” – (4 out of 5 stars) Alec Cunningham (Review You. Alec also writes for Blank, Exposed)

“Hilary Scott and The New County Line have constructed a brilliantly epic sound and it’s featured on their EP Still in fantastic fashion. Even with only having five songs, there’s a tremendous amount of musical content and it’s staggering how beautifully it all comes together. Scott’s voice is worth the price of admission alone but to hear it working with other engaging performances is incredible. Still has the ability to reach beyond musical genre, and reveal its excellence to anyone who enjoys and appreciates music.” – Heath Andrews

“Scott’s voice is infectious and to put it no other way, it is simply gorgeous.” – Melissa Natasi

“Hilary Scott’s new EP Still (2011, Belltown Records) is a well-played, durable sampler of original music (punctuated with a somber cover of Leonard Cohen’s rapturous “Hallelujah”) from an established and talented artist with an impressive arsenal of natural abilities. Though clocking in at only five tracks, Still doesn’t feel like a short-winded collection of songs meant to simply tide over fans between records given the general strength of the output, and instead is a stand alone outing replete with much to offer on its own.” – Reid Burnham

“Hilary’s Sarah MacLachlan-esque vocals are spot-on throughout. Hilary knows how to create emotive melodies and soft vocals that send chills down any spine (in a good way).” - Matthew Forss (Review You. Matthew also writes for Inside World Music, Songlines)

“Still is Scott’s ninth album over a now lengthy career. The band assembled for the record is on top of it, and alongside Scott’s formidable instrumental range (she plays acoustic guitar, piano, and organ in addition to helming the vocal duties), AJ Gennaro’s drum and percussion work lays an expressive-yet-not-overpowering rhythmic framework over which Josh Shilling’s [string] work (bass and electric guitar) lays squarely in the cut, a focused accompaniment to Scott’s songcraft. The album’s arrangements are well-managed, crisp, and infused with life. Still’s peaks and valleys are palpable, and Scott and Co. are adept at the slow build, borne on the strength of Scott’s expressive and thoughtful vocal delivery.” – Reed Burnham

‘Labor Of Love’ is an almost impossibly catchy song…” – Heath Andrews

… [The] fantastic, “Fighting Odds (Take What You Get),” begins with Scott’s acoustic guitar and soaring voice and leads into the main electric riff…there’s a fantastic tone being delivered by Schilling’s guitar part. When combined with lyrics like, “All those years of writing your sad songs/You closed your eyes/until love was long gone/Empty silence,” the guitar sounds somber, as if reflecting upon the singer’s remorse amidst the bitterness of the whole lyric.” – Heath Andrews

“The band includes one cover, a version of Leonard Cohen’s, “Hallelujah.” …This is really an excellent rendition, taking a similar approach to the versions done by John Cale and Rufus Wainwright, and adding The New County Line feel to it. Maybe it’s from drawing upon the lyric’s unarguable power, but the performances are particularly strong here, with Scott delivering a mesmerizing vocal and Gennaro giving it his all on the drum kit.”

“Hilary Scott is no stranger to making music. Already a seasoned musician, Scott is releasing her 9th studio effort, a fantastic EP by the name of Still. Starting off the album is “Untitled,” a perfect introduction to Hilary Scott and The New County Line. Starting with Scott and a blissfully played piano, it’s reminiscent of a female Ryan Adams. Every note and vocal tone seems carefully chosen as to not stray away from the track.” – Melissa Natasi

“Hallelujah,” is a surprising track to appear on [‘Still’]... Hilary Scott and The County Line do the most stunning cover since Jeff Buckley covered the tune on 1994’s Grace.” – Melissa Natasi

‘Labor of Love’ features some memorable vocal manipulations vaguely reminiscent of Doris O’Riordan’s on-key Irish yodel.” – Reed Burnham

“ ‘Fighting Odds (Take What You Get)’ follows, with a compact moodiness nestled in the arms of the well-crafted song-structure. An exceptional song, the track is just the right blend of engaging lyrics, well-handled instruments, and arrangement dynamics. Especially of note is the shimmering guitar drifting over Scott’s chorus vocals like smoke; this track does what it needs to do, and does it well. A total package.” – Reed Burnham

“The album’s final original song and title track, “Still” is one of the truly stand-out numbers here. Scott’s mournful ballad to undying affection and the delicate immediacy of the present moment brings out both her personalized composure as a song-writer and the inherent strengths of her backing band. ..“Still” paints a scene of beauty and heartbreak that is magnified by the unified front of The New County Line’s perfect ensnaring of the proper mood. Good stuff.” – Reed Burnham



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Shashona McCall

Hilary Scott & The New County Line - Still
Hilary Scott and The New Country Line
EP: Still

Official Websites:
www.hilaryscott.com
www.facebook.com/hilaryscottmusic
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www.hilaryscott.blogspot.com

Location: Columbia, Missouri USA

Genre: Folk Rock
Record Label: Belltown Records
Type of label: Indie

EP: Still
Released: 2011
Produced by: Hilary Scott And The New Country Line. Jason McEntire
Engineered by: Jason McEntire
Recorded: Sawhorse Studios MO
Mastered: Brad Samo at Blue Jade Audio
Photographer: Corey Woodruff
All Tracks Arranged by: Hilary Scott And The New Country Line

Lyrics: by Hilary Scott except
Track 4 by Leonard Cohen

Hilary Scott And The New Country Line - Still lineup:

Hilary Scott: Vocals, piano, acoustic guitar, hammond, backing vocals and handclaps
Josh Schilling: Bass, electric guitar, backing vocals, hammond and handclaps
AJ Gennaro: Drums, percussion, backing vocals and handclaps

Track list for "Still"

1 - Untitled (So Long)
2 - Labor Of Love
3 - Fighting Odds (Take What You Get)
4 - Hallelujah
5 - Still

This is the little EP that could. Hilary Scott And The New Country Line released their latest EP called "Still" in 2011, making this the 8th release for Hilary Scott since 2002. Like a fine wine, Hilary Scott's tremendous vocal skill continues to evolve leaving her fans worldwide in awe. This beautiful young lady has toured throughout the globe and has been awarded accolades and support from far and near.

Now, with the release of "Still", Hilary Scott And The New Country Line, show us yet another side of their incredible talent. This EP has 5 delicious songs that take you on a journey through music. Though Hilary Scott is an exceptional songwriter, I believe she has progressed into a master storyteller as well. "Still" takes us through emotions like the colors in a kaleidoscope. Her powerful voice is strong, yet sultry and sexy. She shows her softer side with lilting ballads like Untitled (So Long), Fighting Odds (Take What You Get) and of course the title track, Still. Like leather and lace, Hilary Scott has it all going on.

Hilary Scott And The New Country Line have been working together for quite some time. They have found a footing together that has been perfected. Their instrumentation far exceeds our expectations. They work together as a unit, binding each track with precision and pure talent. Absolutely brilliant musicians who allow these addictive songs to live and breathe in our hearts.

I have to say, I love the quality the production, mixing and mastering has brought out in this EP. It has a very polished feel, without impeding Hilary Scott's fabulous natural vocal style. Quite an exceptional job.

The 3 tracks I have set aside are :
1 - Labor Of Love
This song has an upbeat tempo and feel. Hilary Scott shines, demonstrating her powerful vocal. I love the different tones and inflections of her voice during this song. This woman is simply incredible. Hilary Scott And The New Country Line certainly nails the instrumentation. The use of the piano gives the song a full bodied feel, that is splendid. Lyrics are solid, delivering a tale of love and relationships. Gorgeous!

2 - Fighting Odds (Take What You Get)
Another treasure off Hilary Scott And The New Country Line "Still" EP. It opens with an outstanding acoustic guitar intro, then opens with the clear and concise voice of Hilary Scott. It quickly moves into a rock ballad that would be the envy of many. Hilary Scott is such an outstanding singer with an impressive range. Brilliant.

3 - Still
The title track "Still" features Hilary Scott's tender side. This song's solid lyrics melding with Hilary's sultry voice could melt any heart. Certainly Hilary Scott And The New Country Line can deliver songs that can stand the test of time. Take time to listen to the instrumentation on this track as well. They have done a superior job at making the track the best it can be. Bravo!

As you can see, Hilary Scott And The Country Line have a real hit on their hands with this "Still" EP. It may be small, with just 5 tracks, but it is crackin! If you haven't heard it yet, skip on over to www.hilaryscott.com and grab your EP today. It is going viral fast with airplay introducing this brilliant band to more and more fans. When you hear it, you will know why.

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Shashona McCall
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