The Album: Flicker and Fade
Flicker and Fade was recorded in Nanton, Alberta with producer Steve Loree in his studio, Crabapple Downs. Steve Loree (Ian Tyson, Weber Brothers, Brooke Wylie, Jr. Gone Wild) was recording engineer and producer, and added guitar on the album. The album also features Todd Maduke on mandolin, guitar, banjo and harmonies; Lethbridge talents Danny Dyck on pedal steel, guitar and vocals, and Taylor Ackerman on guitar, mandolin and vocals; fellow Calgary singer-songwriter Deon Blyan shows his skills on drums, percussion, and vocals, as does other longtime rhythm section member Scott Montgomery on bass and vocals. Finally, Christian Meraz adds trombone and Pete Loughlin lends harmony vocals to Flicker and Fade.
Scott MacLeod is from a small community in P.E.I. where storytelling is a way of life. Raised in a family where everyone worked in everyday jobs, he soon became a keen observer, listening to tales of people’s lives. Since moving to Calgary 12 years ago, he has worked in hospitals and assisted living facilities helping others through the rollercoaster of life.
His lyrics tell the stories of Canadians, our values, hard work, and enjoyment of life from the east coast to the prairies. His country-infused rock and laid-back acoustic ballads signal influences like Bruce Springsteen and Steve Earle. Scott’s notoriety and reputation in the music business has led him to perform alongside such well-known artists as The Duhks, Matt Minglewood, and Dustin Bentall. MacLeod was featured at NXNE in Toronto for three consecutive years (2007-2009), showcased at the Alberta Music Series in 2009, played the “Songwriters Café” at the 2008 CCMAs in Winnipeg and has also held the stage at the Sled Island Music Festival and the South Country Fair in Alberta.
Scott has played extensively around Alberta and Canada for the last eight years, releasing three full-length albums.
‘This Old Farmhouse’ from his first album was featured on the ABC show Castle; his second album Old Soul was listed as one of the top albums of 2009 by Twisted Roots Radio on WCNI Connecticut, and his latest album Right As Rain landed on Gillian Turnbull’s (No Depression) 2012 Top 10 list.
He continues to book shows all over Canada, and soon the U.S. and Europe. Scott MacLeod lives in Calgary with his wife and son. He continues to write, record, and tour, while lending a helping hand to others.
"He’s willing to find the good in the bad and take something positive from the sour apples life dumps in your lap - and he now has the skills as a word- and tunesmith. The record is filled with those kinds of moments and themes wrapped warmly, lovingly, honestly in burlap and cotton, with grain-silo grit smoothed out with tender, prairie twang."
- Mike Bell, Calgary Herald
"Stylistically, he wanders between ’50s Chuck Berry rockabilly, Uncle Tupelo-infused alt-country and yup, Springsteeney straight-ahead rock. He's approaching song writing with a deft maturity ... I hate to put pressure on MacLeod's future endeavours, but it seems to me that Flicker and Fade is the record he’s always been waiting to make."
- Gillian Turnbull, No Depression