Single Release Date: 6/17/22

Single Release Date: 6/17/22

Album Release Date: 8/19/22

Album Release Date: 8/19/22

Single Release Date: 7/22/22

Single Release Date: 7/22/22


THE CROSSWINDS OF KANSAS -
RELEASED FRIDAY 8/19/2022

 


RADIO INTERVIEW 

HIGH PLAINS RADIO
By Jenny Inzerillo 
Published September 29, 2022

This Is the Place: An Interview with Bill Scorzari about “The Crosswinds of Kansas” -High Plains Public Radio | By Jenny Inzerillo Published September 29, 2022 at 2:25 PM CDT

“Today on High Plains Morning, we talked to singer-songwriter Bill Scorzari about his fourth album, The Crosswinds of Kansas, which was released in late August. Since I first saw the cover artwork and read the name of this latest release, I couldn’t wait to ask Bill how these songs came into being. Take a listen to the track “I-70 East,” and you’ll soon learn the origin of the album title: after a day of wrestling with his steering wheel through some particularly gusty winds, he woke up sore and introspective in the town of Hays, KS.

Click the link… to hear our full interview, where we cover everything from his pre-pandemic tour which launched most of the songs on the album, as well as the loss of his mother. We also discuss the hypnotic instrumentation of the album, some of which feels a bit charmed when you hear the backstory. Learn more about Bill, his music, and upcoming tour dates on his website.” -Jenny Inzerillo

Jenny Inzerillo joined HPPR in 2015 as the host of High Plains Morning, our live music program that airs weekdays at 9 am to noon CST. Broadcasting from KJJP in beautiful downtown Amarillo, she helps listeners wake up with inspired music from our region and beyond. Tune in for new voices in folk/Americana, deep cuts from your favorite artists, soulful tracks from singer/songwriters across the world, and toe-tapping classics dating as far back as the 1920s. Plus, discover underground greats that just might be your new favorite band.

High Plains Radio - Interview 


 


RADIO CHART

#10

Alt. Country Top 20 Chart


ALBUM REVIEW

DIRTY ROCK MAGAZINE
September 14, 2022

Translation...

"Bill Scorzari releases his new album, The Crosswinds of Kansas. A new sign that Bill is one of the most valuable hidden treasures of American music. A work recorded in the home studio he built in New York during the pandemic, the First Thunder Recording Studios, between 2020 and July 2021. Subsequently, he finished the work in Nashville, with... fifteen musicians: Fats Kaplin (John Prine), members of the bands of Miranda Lambert and Emmylou Harris... A very elaborate album that was released on Friday, August 19, 2022 and that does not deserve to go unnoticed by fans... 'If one of my songs helps anyone who comes to listen to it to find clarity in their own experiences when it is finished, or to guide them to find their own way through a difficult time, then I feel that I have written a song that is worth sharing.' ...he speaks in his cinematographic songs, with many nuances, and that rise above average. It's hard to highlight one song over another. It is best to sit quietly, open a beer, and let Bill flooded the room with his melodies."

Dirty Rock Magazine - Full Review


REVIEW

ALT*COUNTRY*NL
REVIEWS - by Hugo Vogel

Netherlands - 9/13/2022

Translation...

"The name Bill Scorzari seemed familiar to me ...a reader mentioned Scorzari's previous album as one of his favorite albums. The new album of this Bill Scorzari is called The Crosswinds Of Kansas (own management). ...in the opening number, I-70 East, he travels the highway, defying the winds of Kansas, to visit his mother whose health suddenly deteriorates. Visual text, as is the case for all songs on this fourth album. ...Beautiful. This also applies to the instrumental design of the songs... And then that voice of Scorzari: rough sandpaper, which really fits around the songs like a glove and gives the whole thing a strong Sam Baker feel. The Crosswinds Of Kansas is definitely year-lists work!"

AltCountryNL - Full Review


SONG REVIEW

Bill Scorzari “All Behind Me Now” from the album The Crosswinds of Kansas
by Jack Mesenbourg
9/11/2022

 

"Ahh…Bill Scorzari…this guy has long been a favorite of mine, mostly for his storytelling ability and his off-hand, sometimes slightly eccentric delivery.  It is incredibly effective and his songs…well they hit home.  He knows how to sing about real life. Honestly every track on this album is excellent but I chose this one to review for a few reasons:  

  • The beginning melody is so well done, it makes me think it must be like what nostalgia sounds like when it is mixed with a bit of wistful thinking. 
  • Lyrically I think this is one of the strongest on the album.  Lines like, “I’ll put all of my thoughts into a new straw hat, and say I don’t have to care and leave you there with that,” well, are just awesome. 
  • There is an organ on this track (played by Danny Mitchell) that adds something special…it is just a very unique sound. 

A special note here for the collection of musicians on this album.  There is a wide-range of instruments across these songs and these musicians are stellar – they really build tone and space around Bill’s lyrics & guitar. ..."

Song Review by Jack Mesenbourg


RADIO CHART

#5

Alt. Country Top 20 Chart


RADIO CHART

WRIR  97.3 FM Richmond Independent Radio
"Top 30 new albums for Sep 6"

97.3 WRIR Top 30 for 9/6/22


VIDEO DEBUT

DittyTV
September 11, 2022

 

WHO: Bill Scorzari
"WHAT: DittyTV Debut of “The Broken Heart Side of the Road”
WHEN: 10PM/CT on Sunday, September 11th, 2022
WHERE: The Curve on DittyTV

THIS EPISODE WILL BE REBROADCAST ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12TH AT 10AM/CT
ON-DEMAND EPISODE: 193

TO WATCH DITTY TV: DittyTV is accessible on the web and on any connected device https://dittytv.com/watch/ and also on your TV set via AppleTV, FireTV, Roku, GoogleTV, Samsung, LG and Sony Smart Televisions, Amazon Alexa (Show and Dot), on your Iphone and Android phone https://dittytv.com/apps/ and through cable providers with digital service, such as Mediacom, Comcast and Cox via a Tivo box."

DittyTV Debut Promotional Reel 


RADIO

WFUV
John Platt's Choice Cuts

by John Platt
September 3, 2022

 

“From the many great songs aired on "Sunday Supper" in August, I chose 10 more to add to the Spotify "Choice Cuts" playlist from July. Check out Allison Russell with Brandi Carlile, Peter Mulvey, Adler & Hearne, Amy Ray, Jean Rohe, Bill Scorzari, Aimee Van Dyne,Connor Garvey, Susan Cattaneo, and Dan Navarro.” -John Platt

John Platt's Choice Cuts Spotify Playlist September 2022

 


REVIEW

AMERICANA UK
Bill Scorzari “The Cross Winds (sic) Of Kansas”
Consistently interesting, sometimes dark but always uplifting.

by Rick Thorn
August 30, 2022

"The songs are all quite long and varied in topic covering life, love, including the loss of it and generally being on the road. All tend to be very cinematic and, in many cases, thought provoking... Scorzari is ready to meet the world head on and very comfortable with himself... The simple use of imagery and clever phraseology make it a very poignant record at times, with lines such as ‘it's the Joyful memories that give you the most pain’ being thought-provoking.... Overall, it’s an extremely confident album played beautifully especially the prominent violin by someone who has plenty of interesting and reflective observations on life. However, he is still to be more widely appreciated. Perhaps ‘The Cross Winds (sic) Of Kansas’ will blow far more attention his way. He richly deserves it. 8/10"

AMERICANA UK - Review 


RADIO

WUSB
August 29, 2022

WUSB -The Country Pocket 8/29/22 Playlist 


REVIEW

World Music Central
YOUR CONNECTION TO TRADITIONAL AND CONTEMPORARY WORLD MUSIC, INCLUDING FOLK, ROOTS, GLOBAL MUSIC, ETHNO AND CROSSCULTURAL FUSIONS

CD Review
The Crosswinds of Kansas, The Fascinating Poetry and Music of Bill Scorzari

by Angel Romero 
August 26, 2022

Bill Scorzari – The Crosswinds of Kansas (self-released, 2022)

"Bill Scorzari is one of those rare singer-songwriters who are gifted with various talents, great songwriting, captivating musicianship and a distinct singing style that draws you in. He recently independently released his fourth album, titled The Crosswinds of Kansas. ...The final result is a nicely packaged, deeply satisfying album where music is as important as the lyrics. ..."

World Music Central - Review


RADIO CHART

#19

Alt. Country Chart


MENTION

HVY JOURNALISTS
‘Something’ in Music 220

By Will Phoenix

Something Borrowed

"Our 'something borrowed' this time is the song 'Who Am I To Say?' written by Justin Townes Earle for his 2008 disc The Good Life.  This tuneful tribute is by New York-based singer-songwriter and musician Bill Scorzari.  It was recorded live at the Love in the Lobby Benefit concert at the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, in Patchogue, New York.  (Read about his new release, The Crosswinds Of Kansasright here!) ..."

HVY Journalists: Something in Music 220 - Something Borrowed


REVIEW

Grateful Web
BILL SCORZARI INDEPENDENTLY RELEASES THE CROSSWINDS OF KANSAS

August 23, 2022

"With a rich, raspy voice and a remarkable ear for lyrics and composition, prolific songwriter Bill Scorzari independently released The Crosswinds of Kansas Aug 19. The album was co-produced by Neilson Hubbard and was recorded in part at Scorzari’s studio in Huntington, NY—First Thunder— before bringing it to Nashville (after pandemic restrictions eased) to Skinny Elephant Recording—with a cast of incredible musicians. Born and raised in New York, Bill transformed his life as a New York Trial Lawyer to a new life as a full-time musician. This is his 4th album released, following Just the Same (2014), Through These Waves (2017), and Now I’m Free (2019)—-all independently released to critical acclaim. ..."

Grateful Web


MENTION / RADIO

WFUV.ORG
Music Discovery Starts Here
SUNDAY SUPPER FOR AUGUST 21
by John Platt

"If you're ready for the thing called radio, you'll find it at 90.7 FM and streaming online between 5-6 p.m. EDT or anytime in the Weekend Archives, on the WFUV app or the guitar-picking smart speaker of your choice."

WFUV - JOHN PLATT'S SUNDAY SUPPER - IN PRINT


PLAYLIST

"One Chord To Another - A Finnish Pop Site"
Country, Americana, Folk, Power pop, Indie Pop

OCTA New Music Weekly – Episode #199
 

"Another week, another new music weekly. What a strong release week. It seems like the music world came back from summer vacation. I had to leave out some good singles, because the length of this was getting completely out of hand... There’s so much more though and the week gave us great albums...

One Chord To Another - Episode #199

 


MENTION

Nashville TV / Nashville FM (International / Netherlands)
Album releases (country, americana, folk, bluegrass) week 33

New Releases

"De historie van Nashville FM Nashville FM is de opvolger van Country FM dat van 1998 tot eind 2003 in ruim 6 miljoen huishoudens via de kabel te ontvangen was. Gezien de verliezen van Country FM, werd bij de opzet van Nashville FM voor een stichtingsvorm gekozen. De luisteraars/donateurs van het station dienen de kosten (o.a. Buma-Stemra, Sena, webhosting en streamingkosten, vervangen PC’s) voor het station te dekken. ..."

Nashville TV / Nashville FM (International / Netherlands)

 


MENTION

babysue™ LMNOP™ aka dONW7™
August 2022 Notable Releases

Notable Releases - List 


INTERVIEW / REVIEW

Music City Music Magazine
by Nancy Posey
August 19, 2022

"There is a texture to the songs and sound of Bill Scorzari that defies description. With a voice called “gravelly” or “raspy,” he is likened to Kris Kristofferson or Bob Dylan, though he thinks comparisons to Sam Baker are closer to the truth. 'Not so much the voice—but—partly the voice—but the approach to the music and lyrics and delivery,' he explained. 'Before that, it was mostly like Tom Waits or even Bruce Springsteen, which again leads in the right direction, but it’s not the same.' With his staying power, it’s conceivable that eventually other singer-songwriters will be told, 'You know, you sound a little bit like Bill Scorzari.' ...Even Scorzari finds it difficult to categorize his sound. “There’s a lot of singer-songwriter,” he said, “there’s country, a touch of bluegrass, some blues, some folk. It’s good we have the Americana title because so much fits under that, but it may be more of a nondescript[or].” For this album, though... The sound that resulted is heartbreak with an air of hopefulness or optimism. ..."

Music City Music Magazine Interview


PLAYLIST

WHISKEY RIFF
"Country New Music Friday"
Spotify Playlist for 8/19/2022
"The best in new country music, updated every Friday."

"Multnomah Falls," from THE CROSSWINDS OF KANSAS album, added to Whiskey Riff’s "Country New Music Friday" Spotify Playlist for 8/19/2022
Whiskey Riff Playlist


ALBUM REVIEW

-Glide Magazine-
Singular Songsmith Bill Scorzari Ups His Literate Craft On Emotive 'Crosswinds Of Kansas' (Album Review)

BY JIM HYNES
August 18, 2022

“Bill Scorzari has done it again. This writer finds it remarkable that the New York-based singer-songwriter and former trial lawyer could produce works as strong as his 2017 Through These Waves and 2019 Now I’m Free but his Crosswinds of Kansas is every bit their equal and maybe just a tad better. We throw around terms like a “songwriter’s songwriter” and Scorzari fits that to a tee. His thoughtful, cinematically shaped songs continue to resonate after repeated listens. There are not any reference points except perhaps comparing his lived-in, oft gravelly voice to that of the late Dave Van Ronk. But even that is a stretch. Scorzari sometimes narrates his tunes in a whisper and other times in his raw voice that is uniquely his which is the only voice that could carry his unique songs. We’re not expecting any artist to be foolish enough to attempt covering them. To be sure, one needs solitude to appreciate his literate craft, a blend of prose and poetry put to music, a Walt Whitman of sorts for our times. …”

Glide Magazine - Review


VIDEO FEATURE 

The Boot's Weekly Picks
by Rachel Cholst
August 18, 2022

"I-70 East"

"Every week, The Boot highlights recent favorites from country, Americana and everything in between.
In each list, music fans will find picks from our contributing team that we think you'll love.
Keep reading to check out the latest installment of The Boot's Weekly Picks. ...Bill Scorzari's sandy blast suggests he was born to sing tales of the dusty highway.
In fact, Scorzari was a trial lawyer in New York City before hanging it up to tour, the setting for "I-70 East," in which he fights the literal winds to make it back to the East Coast to care for his mother.
The song's surging melody and Scorzari's impassioned punk-influenced performance calls to mind vintage Two Cow Garage. There's more to come from his album The Crosswinds of Kansas, out this Friday, Aug. 19." -The Boot, by Rachel Cholst
The Boot - Weekly Picks


VIDEO FEATURE 

TIDAL
Marinade Musings l August 18, 2022

 

"I-70 East"
&
"The Broken Heart Side of the Road"

The Marinade - Video Features


ALBUM REVIEW*

Americana Highways
MUSIC REVIEWS

by Jeff Burger
August 12, 2022

"The Crosswinds of Kansas. This fourth all-originals collection from New York–based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Bill Scorzari, which the ubiquitous Neilson Hubbard co-produced,
may be his best yet. That’s saying plenty given the excellence of such earlier efforts as 2017’s Through These Waves and 2019’s Now I’m Free.
Scorzari’s raspy vocals—think Dave Van Ronk with a touch of Steve Earle—add weight to his wise, poetic lyrics and contrast beautifully with the album’s frequently sweet-sounding music, which features a variety of guitars and such other instruments as dobro, cello, piano, fiddle, banjo, upright bass, mandolin, and percussion, not to mention Native American flutes and a Tibetan singing bowl bell.
Songs like “All Behind Me Now” and “Inside My Heart” will have you hanging on every word and wondering why Scorzari isn’t famous yet."

Americana Highways - Album Review

*Re-published by BC Blog Critics, August 17, 2022
BC Blog Critics - Album Review

**Re-published by The Aquarian, August 19, 2022
The Aquarian - Album Review


RADIO CHART

#19

Alt. Country Chart


QUOTE

August 15, 2022

“The instrumentation and production are superb, while his weather-worn voice embodies the heartbreak and hope in the finely crafted lyrics.” —Tim Lynch KPFA | Community Powered Radio 


ALBUM REVIEW

NANOBOT ROCK
Review: Bill Scorzari – The Crosswinds of Kansas

August 12, 2022

"Singer, songwriter, Americana hypnotist Bill Scorzari effortlessly captivates with his forthcoming 'The Crosswinds of Kansas' and achieves something special. If you're familiar with his work at all, this will come as no surprise."

"New York-based singer-songwriter Bill Scorzari has spent his three previous independently released records demonstrating his prowess in modern Americana/Alt-Country and shows no signs of slowing in his newest release, The Crosswinds of Kansas. ...Scorzari’s vocals immediately grab hold of your attention with this or any of his previous work, bleeding with honesty and conviction while gravelly capturing your imagination... The mixed textures of Crosswinds spellbind with the requisite dobro, fiddle/violin, slide, lap steel, banjo, upright bass, and electric guitar, but soar on the Native American percussions, Native flutes, Tibetan Singing Bowl Bell, and even plastic hands. The Crosswinds of Kansas ...will have you diving into the lyrics, the assemblies, and contributions of each of the thirteen tracks. ...in a testament to the collective artistry and vision of Scorzari and supporting fifteen musicians. ...Bill Scorzari is more than Americana or some offshoot of country. It is as if he has his hands in the land itself, feeling the pulse, the pain, the release in the landscape as much as his incredibly introspective tales. If it feels I’m unashamedly praising Scorzari it’s because I am. He is a songwriter, years from now the next mainstream rock success will reference as a turning point discovery in their life. To review Bill Scorzari seems counter-intuitive. Scorzari’s music reflects against your own experiences and draws varying gravity to each. It makes sense to the roads you’ve travelled and the emotions you’ve felt. It is precisely that connection that makes Bill Scorzari more than a singer-songwriter, he is a modern gem and deserves to [be] recognized as such. The Crosswinds of Kansas is no exception, it is yet another exhibit to reinforce the sentiment. ..."

NANOBOT ROCK - Full Text Album Review


RADIO CHART

Community Radio WERU-FM 89.9 (Blue Hill)
weru.org
Top Albums 8/9/2022 Chart


"WERU sends weekly reports to the music industry representatives which keeps new music flowing into the station.  Below are our most recent top recording reports for the week ending on Sunday, August 7th, 2022.  Our next airplay chart will be computed on August 16th, 2022!"


August 1st through 7th, 2022
Top Thirty Most-Played Overall Recordings



   Artist                                                                  Record                                                                                           Label
1 DAN TYMINSKI                                                    One More Time Before You Go: A Tribute To Tony Rice                       [EP] North Star
2 CAAMP                                                               Lavender Days                                                                                Mom+Pop
3 TAMI NEILSON                                                    Kingmaker                                                                                      Outside
4 HOT SUPPERS, THE                                               Live At The Colonial Theatre!                                                            Self-Released
5 LOCAL HONEYS, THE                                            The Local Honeys                                                                            La Honda/Thirty Tigers
6 ANGEL OLSEN                                                     Big Time                                                                                         Jagjaguwar/Secretly Group
7 BILL SCORZARI                                                   THE CROSSWINDS OF KANSAS                                                        Self-Released
8 JOE PUG                                                              Nation of Heat: Revisited                                                                  Nation of Heat
9 MARY GAUTHIER                                                 Dark Enough To See The Stars                                                           In The Black/Thirty Tigers
10 MOLLY TUTTLE AND GOLDEN HIGHWAY              Crooked Tree                                                                                  Nonesuch
11 SADIES, THE                                                       Colder Streams                                                                                Dine Alone/Yep Roc
12 AMANDA ANNE PLATT AND THE HONEYCUTTERS  The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea                                                      Organic
13 BALLROOM THIEVES, THE                                    Clouds                                                                                            Nettwerk
14 BETHS, THE                                                        “Expert In A Dying Field”                                                                    [Single] Carpark
15 DAVID LAMOTTE                                                 Still                                                                                                  Dryad
16 ...

FULL WERU TOP-30 CHART


VIDEO BROADCAST

DittyTV Debut of "I-70 East"

WHO: Bill Scorzari
WHAT: DittyTV Debut of “I-70 East”
WHEN: 10PM/CT on Sunday, August 7th, 2022
WHERE: The Curve on DittyTV

THIS EPISODE WILL BE REBROADCAST ON MONDAY, AUGUST 8TH AT 10AM/CT

ON-DEMAND EPISODE: 188

Tune in on SUNDAY, AUGUST 7th at 11PM ET/10PM CT "...as DittyTV adds new music videos from Particle Kid + Willie Nelson, James Bay, The Infamous Stringdusters, Kyshona, Nicky Egan, Hackensaw Boys, Sara Syms, Bill Scorzari, Sam Shinazzi, Jamie-Lee Dimes, Call Me Spinster, Andrew Weiss and Friends, Myles Newman, and more!"
WATCH THE CURVE PREMIERE EPISODE TRAILER NOW!

TO WATCH DITTY TV:
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ALBUM REVIEW

Fervor Coulee
Bill Scorzari - The Crosswinds Of Kansas Review
By Donald Teplyske 
August 4, 2022


“...That’s my jam. …Mary Gauthier, Sam Baker, Roscoe Holcombe, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and every bluegrass band recording prior to 1980, up to and including Willi Carlisle, Melissa Carper, Otis Gibbs, and Scott Cook... Not the normal Americana ...The artists from the ‘broken heart side of the road,’ as Bill Scorzari may call it. Bill Scorzari is on those shelves, and on the pages of Fervor Coulee. A couple times. I loved those previous albums, all three of them. They challenged me, they made me think. Most of all, they were damned fine examples of the kind of music I most enjoy experiencing. The Crosswinds of Kansas? Another level. Coming in at well over an hour, there isn’t a moment of wasted space. …Scorzari loves language, enjoys crafting it to ensure he is communicating exactly the nuance desired… The poetic rhythm of Scorzari’s lyrics is most impressive, the syllables serving as elemental pulse as much as any of the (many) instruments constructing his songs. …Scorzari doesn’t do conventional. …Each song envelopes the listener, sharing its secrets and truths. …Man, to have been gifted such concise wisdom…This is what I find with Scorzari’s songs and albums: there is always something new to capture your attention, something previously missed that reveals itself as it must. …I’ve not discovered many albums the quality of The Crosswinds of Kansas this year.
I think that speaks more about Bill Scorzari than it does to what I’ve been listening to.
A masterful creation…”
Fervor Coulee - Full Review


Radio Chart

Alt-Country Specialty Top 50 Chart - August 3, 2022

at #30


MUSICMECCA.ORG

Former New York Trial Attorney Turned Roots Songsmith Bill Scorzari Laments Cruel Love In ‘The Broken Heart Side Of The Road’
BY MORGAN BRADY

“From New York Trial Attorney to full-time musician, Bill Scorzari makes the seemingly 180-degree transition to a new life look natural. The captivating folk n’ roots songwriter recently released his latest track, “The Broken Heart Side of the Road”, which is his second single from his forthcoming album, The Crosswinds of Kansasset to drop later this month. ...With the resonating acoustic guitar strums and banjo lines prominent in the mix, along with a goosebump-inducing fiddle, the whole package resonates with deep down-home fervor.”

MUSIC MECCA FEATURE


FEATURE

WILDFIRE MUSIC + NEWS
Dramatic Tour Travel Inspired Bill Scorzari’s ‘The Crosswinds Of Kansas’
Author: Hannah Means-Shannon
August 10, 2022

"New York-based singer/songwriter Bill Scorzari, will be releasing his 4th studio album, The Crosswinds of Kansas independently on August 19th, 2022. Much of The Crosswinds of Kansas was inspired by his three-month-long Now I’m Free Tour in 2019, moving between the East Coast to the West Coast and back, and taking the time to visit landmarks and go hiking along the way..."

WILDFIRE MUSIC + NEWS / FEATURE


RADIO CHART

FAI FOLK CHART FOR JULY 2022

Compiled from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13625 plays from 465 playlists from 119 Folk DJs

FAI FOLK CHART TOP ALBUMS OF THE MONTH

(Debut at #36)

FAI FOLK CHART FOR JULY 2022


RADIO CHART

Alt. Country Specialty Top 50 Chart - July 27, 2022

(at #36 TW up from #58 LW)

 


ALBUM REVIEW

Lonesome Highway
Hardcore Country, Americana and Roots Music

New Album Reviews - July 24, 2022
Bill Scorzari The Crosswinds Of Kansas Self Release
by Stephen Rapid

"...His voice is the essential heart of his music and of this album as it delivers his thoughtful, crafted lyrics in a way very few others could... It is the kind of music that envelopes you. You are perfectly aware of the narration of the songs, whose lyrics allow for individual interpretation and introspection, something that tends to bring you closer to its heart with frequent listening. Another element here is bringing in the sounds and language of the Navajo people in the song Tryin’, Tryin’, Tryin’, Tryin’... The song has both atmosphere and meaning... Like his previous albums, there is much to embrace here... Those unacquainted with his output, but who may be fans of such individual artists as Malcolm Holcombe or Sam Baker, would be advised to have a listen as the crosswinds of Kansas are blowing strong and true."   LonesomeHighway.com Full Review


ALBUM REVIEW

Listening Through The Lens
by Rob Dickens
July 20, 2022

"...Scorzari’s message is powerful and profound. The raspy, emotive voice and the chanting ruminations throughout are a joy, no more so than on three tracks that this listener cannot get enough of 'All Behind Me Now', 'Try, Try Again' and the eleven-minute glorious, meditative opus 'Tryin’, Tryin’, Tryin’, Tryin'.' Oh, and 'Patience and Time' might well be the most tender and loving song I’ve heard this year. 

The band excels: Scorzari, Brent Burke, Cindy Richardson Walker and Marie Lewey a/k/a 'The Shoals Sisters,' Chelsea McGough, Danny Mitchell, Eamon McLoughlin, Fats Kaplan, Juan Solorzano, Kyle Tuttle, Matt Menefee, Mia Rose Lynne, Michael Rinne, Hubbard, Ty Allison and Will Kimbrough. 

...The Crosswinds of Kansas is an indisputable triumph and presented in a lavish, detailed CD package, which was an utter joy to review."  

 LISTENING THROUGH THE LENS - FULL ALBUM REVIEW BY ROB DICKENS


ALBUM AND VIDEO FEATURE

MUSICFESTNEWS.COM
Roots Guitarist and Storyteller Bill Scorzari Releases New Single
“[The] Broken Heart Side Of The Road:” Watch/Listen

By Dalia Jakubauskas on July 29, 2022

"New York-based singer/songwriter/guitarist/storyteller, Bill Scorzari is out now with '[The] Broken Heart Side Of The Road,' the second single off his forthcoming album, The Crosswinds of Kansas set for release on August 19. An achingly compelling tune that is also chronicled in an accompanying video, '[The] Broken Heart Side Of The Road' follows closely behind, 'I-70 East,' the first song released from the 13-track album..." 
MUSICFESTNEWS.COM FULL WRITE UP 7/29/22


ALBUM REVIEW

The Colfax Chronicle
The Official Journal of Grant Parish
Serving Grant Parish Since 1876
Vol. 149 - July 21, 2022
JAY VEE MUSIC REVIEW by Jeff Vallet

Colfax, LA

"...BILL SCORZARI IS A MASTER STORYTELLER. HE PUTS IT TO MUSIC AND CREATES PURE MAGIC!!"


 The Colfax Chronicle


PREMIERE

GLIDE MAGAZINE 
SONG PREMIERE: Bill Scorzari Recounts a Hard Tale on Dark Americana Roots Tune “The Broken Heart Side Of The Road”

July 19, 2022

"...Today Glide is excited to premiere “The Broken Heart Side of the Road,” a standout track on the new album that finds Scorzari recounting a hard tale of the destruction of a relationship. With its melancholy tone, Scorzari lends his gritty vocals to a work of dark Americana roots music. Mandolin, banjo, and fiddle add to the rustic imagery of the lyrics, while a lonesome [Dobro] and soulful background vocals give the tune a sense of spirituality and depth. The result is a song that carries a stirring energy and a haunting tale. ..." GLIDE MAGAZINE PREMIERE


SINGLE - MENTION

HVY JOURNALISTS
'Something' in Music 215
By Will Phoenix
July 28, 2022

Something New

"Our 'something new' this edition is the new single 'The Broken Heart Side Of The Road' which was written and recorded by New York-based singer-songwriter and musician Bill Scorzari [with the recording completed in Nashville TN by Engineer Dylan Alldredge]. It is the second single off his new album The Crosswinds Of Kansas. The song features Scorzari (acoustic guitar and vocals), Brent Burke (dobro), Fats Kaplin (fiddle), Will Kimbrough (mandolin), Matt Menefee (banjo), Michael Rinne (upright bass), Neilson Hubbard (drums and percussion) and Marie Lewey and Cindy Richardson Walker a.k.a. The Shoals Sisters (backing vocals). (Read all about his new disc right here!)  HVY JOURNALISTS "SOMETHING NEW"


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Tinnitist
Weekend MixTape / 183 Songs That Get It Done Right (Side 9)
By Darryl Sterdan
2022 07 22

"Wow, Friday again already. At this rate, the end of the world will be here before you know it. While you wait, enjoy these 183 new singles, videos...and unburied treasures"
"The Broken Heart Side of the Road" Official Video Link (Scroll to Catalogue # 162)


ALBUM MENTION 

SKOPE MAGAZINE NEWS - 7/23/22
Bill Scorzari Releases “The Broken Heart Side of the Road”
from Upcoming Album: The Crosswinds of Kansas...   
SKOPE MAGAZINE


ALBUM REVIEW

HVY JOURNALISTS
Now Playing: Bill Scorzari's 'The Crosswinds Of Kansas
By Will Phoenix
July 16, 2022

 "Bill Scorzari is prepping for the release of a new album. It’s titled The Crosswinds Of Kansas and has a drop date of August 19th. ... it is a solid, sometimes pleasantly surprising work that effectively presents some of Scorzari’s favorite themes: life’s challenges, personal pain and failure, perseverance, and tuneful tales of friends and loved ones.   

 His honest, unpolished vocals provide an attention-grabbing contrast to the often soft and lovely music as he performs songs that have an upbeat composition despite lyrical tales that are sometimes troubled. Perhaps this glass-half-full perspective and initially surprising yet ultimately consistent sense of hope are truly what makes everything work so well." 

FULL REVIEW - HVY.COM - BY WILL PHOENIX

 


PREMIERE

Americana Highways by Melissa Clarke
Video Premiere: Bill Scorzari "I-70 East"

Americana Highways is hosting this premiere of Bill Scorzari’s song “I-70 East” from his forthcoming release The Crosswinds of KansasThe Crosswinds of Kansas was produced by Bill Scorzari and Neilson Hubbard; mixed by Dylan Alldredge, Neilson Hubbard and Bill Scorzari; recorded at First Thunder Recording Studios, [New York] and at Skinny Elephant Recording, Nashville. It was mastered by Jim DeMaine at Yes Master Studio, Nashville. Album design was created by Anna Berman with photography by Jacob Blickenstaff.
“I-70 East” is Bill Scorzari on vocals, acoustic and electric guitars; Danny Mitchell on Hammond B3 organ; Michael Rinne on electric bass; and Neilson Hubbard on drums and percussion. Music, singing, and scenes from the drive characterize the video. We only slowly learn the nature of the drive toward fearful hope of rescue and renewed safety. A mother’s love, hopefully, is our first and truest foundational love. And it can provide steady open arms when romantic love fails and betrays. It’s about this that Scorzari has written in this, his amalgamation song of the anguished parallels between an elderly mother fading and passing on, and a lover’s betrayal. He’s captured such pain. And the beauty of a Rose... CLICK HERE FOR FULL PREMIERE AND "I-70 EAST" VIDEO LINK 


ALBUM REVIEW

Americana Highways
REVIEW: Bill Scorzari “The Crosswinds Of Kansas”

by John Apice
August 18, 2022

"This 13-cut album was recorded in Huntington, NY & Nashville & includes a handsome stitched lyric insert with color images in a 6-panel CD package. The LP was crafted by the critically acclaimed Bill Scorzari & this is his 4th independent LP. ...The songs of The Crosswinds of Kansas (Drops Aug 19–Independent) are all well-written. I like Bill’s voice & “Ocean In Your Eyes” – that’s the ticket, that’s a great showcase. The resonance in his voice has spirit. ...It’s here. ...“Not Should’ve Known,” has a key line that’s responsive to his tone in the dynamic chorus. This is a beauty. Bill’s convincing & his words are solid with sensibility in their reading. “The Broken Heart Side of the Road,” is pure Bill. Precise, an impressive composition that’s subtle & striking. Bullseye. Fats Kaplin’s fiddle drizzles notes with great backup singing that never overpowers. ... Some songs were performed in an innocent old world-folk-type manner ...many tunes have brilliance. The musicians are always stellar... 

Americana Highways Review


ALBUM REVIEW

NYS MUSIC
Bill Scorzari Releases ‘The Crosswinds Of Kansas’

by Haylee Farrell
August 18, 2022

"New York-based singer-songwriter Bill Scorzari has just independently released his upcoming album, The Crosswinds of Kansas, this Friday, Aug. 19. With his rich raspy voice and a stellar ear for lyrics and composition, Bill transcends titles like songwriter or poet....Scorzari, a prolific songwriter, has taken his craft to new heights and deeper depths with his 4th studio album, The Crosswinds of Kansas. He became inspired by his three-month-long Now I’m Free Tour in 2019, which had become a journey of self-discovery. ..."

NYS MUSIC REVIEW


BLOG

DreamSpider's Blog 6/17/22 by dreamspider

Bill Scorzari Independently Releases ‘The Crosswinds of Kansas’ —Co-Produced by Neilson Hubbard 8/19— 1st Single Out Now  DreamSpider's Blog


BLOG

Grateful Web
ARTICLE CONTRIBUTED BY DREAMSPIDER PU… | PUBLISHED ON FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2022

Bill Scorzari Independently Releases The Crosswinds of Kansas August 19, 2022

“... Scorzari, a prolific songwriter, has taken his craft to new heights and deeper depths with his 4th studio album, The Crosswinds of Kansas which will be independently released on August 19.

Much of The Crosswinds of Kansas was inspired by his three-month-long Now I’m Free Tour in 2019—which had become a journey of self discovery, with Bill ultimately arriving at a new awareness and desire to adapt and continue to create. He had made his way from the east coast, toward, and around the west coast and back, traveling under two full moons, visiting waterfalls, hiking, climbing, pondering and processing his life experiences of loss, gain and change, and at times composed haiku as a way to pass the time on the long drives between performances, until the tour came to an unexpected early end when Bill learned of the sudden decline in the health of his then 94 year old mother back home in NY.

Bill started his four-day drive home back east from California; when he got to Kansas on the second day, the winds were blowing so hard North and South across I-70 East that he had to fight the steering wheel for hours just to keep his car going straight down the highway. He stopped in Hays, KS for the night and woke up the next morning with a sore neck and arms from wrestling those tenacious crosswinds the day before. The following lines came to him while he was driving, “Then, came the crosswinds of Kansas unleashed, and it pushed me hard, north and south, all down I-70 east… As I tore home to my mother, before her health, it would fail, at 94, I felt another love leaving me lost, like a nail in a cross.” ...With Scorzari drawing inspiration from a full palette of moods and emotions, the 13 original tracks on The Crosswinds of Kansas have many stories to tell...   Grateful Web - Full Article


SONG MENTION

Tinnitist
Hearing Things 24/7/365
Weekend MixTape / 183 Songs That Get It Done Right (Side 9)
By Darryl Sterdan
2022 07 22

"Wow, Friday again already. At this rate, the end of the world will be here before you know it. While you wait, enjoy these 183 new singles, videos...and unburied treasures"
"The Broken Heart Side of the Road" Official Video Link (Scroll to Catalogue # 162)


SONG MENTION

Tinnitist
Hearing Things 24/7/365
Weekend MixTape  / 244 Songs That Have Your Back (Side 9)
By Darryl Sterdan
2022 06 17

"Ziggy Stardust just turned 50. Paul McCartney is about to turn 80. Father’s Day is Sunday. And we just put another work week in the rearview. If you can’t find something to celebrate in all that, well, I can’t help you. Best I can do is offer you 244 new singles, videos, cover tunes, remixes and unearthed classics for your weekend playlist — including dozens of cool finds you won’t get anywhere else. Hope that helps. Speaking of help: Your Tinnitist-endorsed tracks are tagged... First round’s on me:"
  "I-70 East" official Video Link (Scroll to Catalogue # 211)


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Video-Release Press

BEEHIVE CANDY
New Music - New Artists - Rarities - Unsigned - Curated - Established 2006
"Bill Scorzari - The Broken Heart Side Of The Road"
July 24, 2022

"...Bill recorded the acoustic guitar and vocal tracks for “The Broken Heart Side of the Road” (and much of the 13-track album) in his studio -First Thunder- in New York in late 2020. In mid 2021... Bill drove to Skinny Elephant Recording in Nashville, TN (where he previously recorded Now I’m Free 2019) and met with album Co-Producer Neilson Hubbard (drums, percussion), Michael Rinne (upright bass), Fats Kaplin (fiddle), Matt Menefee (banjo), Brent Burke (Dobro), Will Kimbrough (mandolin), and Engineer Dylan Alldredge to record their parts live there together for the song. Later, in September of 2021, Bill returned to Nashville to work with Dylan on the final mixes and they recorded Marie Lewey and Cindy Richardson Walker, a/k/a The Shoals Sisters, singing the backing vocals to
“The Broken Heart Side of the Road." BEEHIVE CANDY - Video-Release Press


Podcast - Interview

The Long Island Sound Podcast
Host: Stephen Yusko

Bill Scorzari’s Contemplative Dialog Begins with a Journey of Beautiful Songs
June 2, 2022

"A welcome treasure to my ears… with each lyric, he calls my mind to ponder, the crunch of a gravel road below resonates with a voice that is both conversational and reflective. Bill Scorzari’s music is akin to the musings of Tom Waits, John Prine, and John Moreland. His songs are a conversation where we can savor his poetry. The message echoes in our souls with every instrumental break. Bill's music is both organic and timely. With each creative muse, I really can’t wait to see where he leads us.” —The Long Island Sound Podcast with Host Stephen Yusko - 6/2/22