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

New York-based singer/songwriter/guitarist/storyteller Bill Scorzari is out now with “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, “Broken Heart Side Of The Road” follows closely behind, “I-70 East,” the first song released from the 13-track album.

The tune tells the story of the destruction of a relationship set to roots music with spirited banjo and mandolins mixed in along with the distant strains of a Dobro tugging at the heart strings. Seven years in the making, Scorzari drew on childhood experiences and present day tumult to craft the song.

 

Bill Scorzari press photo. Credit: Jacob Blinkenstaff

Speaking to Glide Magazine about the track, Scorzari said, “I started writing ‘The Broken Heart Side of the Road’ back in 2015, and then it kind of fell off my radar for a while. When I returned to New York after the end of the Now I’m Free tour in 2019, I found that it fit really well with the other songs I was writing at the time, and so I made a few changes to the lyrics and reworked the song structure until it felt right. The lyrics sprouted right out of the chord progression and, at least on some level, are grounded in time I spent in my childhood, learning from my dad how to plant and care for growing things. I especially loved being able to work a lyric into the first chorus, about the risks of planting corn too early in the season. ‘And then a cold rain in the morning corkscrewed my cold-planted corn, and then half my crop took twice the time to grow.’” 

 


Scorzari recorded the acoustic guitar and vocal tracks for ” Broken Heart Side Of The Road” along with much of the 13-track album, his fourth, in his New York studio, First Thunder, in late 2020 as the pandemic was raging. By mid-2021, travel seemed safer, and he drove to Skinny Elephant Recording in Nashville, TN where he HAD previously recorded his third studio album Now I’m Free in 2019. There he met with The Crosswinds of Kansas collaborators including 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 for the song. Marie Lewey and Cindy Richardson Walker, a.k.a The Shoals Sisters, also contributed backing vocals to the track. View the accompanying video below.

 

Independently released, The Crosswinds of Kansas also features other musicians who joined in for the Nashville sessions including Danny Mitchell on Hammond B3 organ and piano, Juan Solorzano on electric, slide, and baritone guitars; fiddle player Eamon McLoughlin; cellist Chelsea McGough; banjo player Kyle Tuttle; and vocalist Mia Rose Lynne. 

 

The Crosswinds of Kansas is available for preorder on the official Bill Scorzari website. For more information including tour dates, click on the links below.

 

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