Day Trotter

We sure love Illinois, our native state and home base, and we consider Day Trotter to be one of the greatest contributions our state  has made to music in the last decade. This session captures a great moment in time. Al and Cris on banjo and percussion, the constant of our sound. And two voices adding their own interpretation and heart to the songs: Nicole Baltrushes singing and fiddling and Paul Defiglia lending his bass and vocals. Ms. Baltrushes is now Dr. Baltrushes and lives in California where she is working on her family medicine residency. She is truly as kind and loving as her harmonies make her sound. Paul is a multi-talented musician and performer and is currently lending his skills to the Avett Brothers as they tour behind their new record The Carpenter. Whether piano, bass, or voice Paul adds presence and heart to everything he’s involved with.

    You’ll hear Nicky and Paul sing and play with us again, just stay tuned and keep listening.

Al Scorch & the Country Soul Ensemble

Online Store Now Open!

Thanks to the folks at the very artist and user friendly Big Cartel you can now buyTired Ghostly Town online on LP, CD or the very current “digital download”.

More goods like posters, t-shirts, and stickers come! Stay tuned!

Old School Soul

 So very excited to support Ralph on tour with my solo set!


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Tired Ghostly Town LP!

Today we kick off tour and we’d like to extend thanks to everyone for getting us going and the continued support. We are slugging it out everyday to bring you the music we love to make and you enjoy hearing. There’s not much money from the small labels we work with, no Kickstarters, no deep pockets. Everything we got we got with sweat and you make it possible by buying records and coming to shows. For that we cannot thank you enough. Thank you thank you thank you.

Today Tired Ghostly Town LP is available at fine record stores everywhere through Chicago Independent Distribution. So walk on in to your favorite wax-shack and ask the friendly clerk to please order you one of our fine records!

If you’re not into vinyl over the course of the next week or two  you can buy our album digitally on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc . We’ll notify you when it’s up officially, it’s taking a little longer than we thought so hang in there pals.

At both our Chicago shows (Logan Hardware – 7 PM – All Ages , Cole’s Bar – 10 PM – 21+) we have got a great Country Soul Ensemble coming your way.  Al and Cris will hold it down as always and will be joined by the very talented Nicky Baltrushes sawing the fiddle and Justin Amolsch blowing trumpet and french horn.

Get ready for a double helping of double bass! Paul Defiglia is joining us for the first part of our tour and Oz is meeting us in DC when Paul takes off to join the Avett Brothers on tour. So that means tonight in Chicago you’re gonna get two amazing bass players playing on all your favorite Al Scorch songs. Add Nicky and Justin to the mix and we’re getting damn close to a Country Soul Orchestra!

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Do it yourself and JAM ECONO!

Hitting’ da road

Thought we’d put this up so you don’t gotta click around so damn much to see where we’re going…

May 21 Chicago               Logan Hardware Records In-Store (all ages – 7 pm)                                                               Cole’s Bar (21+ – 10 pm)

May 22 Rock Island,IL     Daytrotter

Iowa City, IA         The Mill

May 23  Kansas City, MO Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club

May 24  St. Louis, MO      Gramaphone

May 25  Carbondale, IL     Hangar 9

May 26  Chattanooga, TN  Sluggo’s

May 27 Athens, GA             Farm 255

May 28 Greensboro, NC    Pete’s House

May 29 Richmond, VA         Wingnut Bicycle Coop

May 30  Washington D.C.   Sirrius XM Radio Roots in Residence
Black Cat Backstage (Paul leaves, Oz joins)

May 31 Pittsburgh, PA        Thunderbird Cafe

June 1 Columbus, OH         Carabar

June 2  Cincinnati, OH        MOTR

June 3  Bloomington, IN     The Switchyard


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brand new logo, dear old friend

Al Scorch The Country Soul Ensemble Joey Alone

Joey drew this for us. So beautiful I have no idea what to do with it yet but appreciate it. Thank you. Joe in his own words:

Logo For Da Wonderful Al Scorch. Included in this photo are many Chicago landmarks from my childhood (i.e abandoned shit I used to break into and explore/climb on when I was a young vandalicious and enthusiastic teen) including the old Western Electric Tower on Cermak and Cicero, the permanently-risen train bridge on 16th street, the 16th street interlocking tower, the stockyards gate, many a rooftop water tower, the abandoned central manufacturing district warehouses on pershing and damen, and of course the cement silos on damen where it crosses the I & M Canal. The leaves in the right corner are tree-of-heaven (ailanthus altissima, an invasive tree from China that beautifies many busted blocks in Cook County) and the Native Cottonwood (populus sp.), which can be seen frequently emerging through the cracks of pavement on abandoned lots. This is an ode to my own personal version of Cook County, Illinois.

Thank you brother. All you good folks will be able to get a physical print of this amazing image soon. Stay tuned and thanks again Joey.

 

 

 


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tapes and tapes and tapes!

Al Scorch at the HideoutA most gracious thanks to all the friends, family and new fans who helped us sell out the Hideout this past Saturday! We were blown away by the support and the feeling in the room as we played was just transcendent. Thank you all!

We played that show as a sneak peak of the fantastic cassette tape version of Tired Ghostly Town released by our home town pals HEWHOCORRUPTS.  Possibly this metal/grindcore/thrash label’s first foray into folk/country/punk music but what a foray it is! The tape officially comes out April 10th and to celebrate on April 12th Al Scorch & Co. will be playing a free all-ages BYOB in-store at Bucket O’ Blood Books and Records here in Chicago. Joined by our good friends Saintseneca on tour from Columbus, OH the show commences at 7:00 PM.

Al Scorch Spring Tour


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Hand printed posters for the Hideout 3.31.12

Ryan Duggan made us a great poster! Get one of these 50 hand printed beauties for your very own at the Hideout in Chicago on March 31st. Also pick up a cassette tape of Tired Ghostly Town from our friends at HEWHOCORRUPTS. In fact, the first 10 people through the door get a tape free! Al Scorch Country Soul Ensemble


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