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Scott MacKay Releases 'Stupid Cupid' Ahead Of New Album Release in January 2021
By Jason Schneider.
With one line you are introduced to the simple, elegant music of PEI born singer & songwriter, Scott MacKay. MacKay’s country songs are standouts, riddled with one-liners that sparkle like rhinestones on a Nudie suit and called “witty classic country” by Countrylowdown.com.
Scott MacKay begins a fresh chapter by turning back the clock to the vintage country music of the '50s and '60s. His new single "Stupid Cupid" -- available at Bandcamp and all digital platforms -- is the title track from MacKay's forthcoming album out Jan. 8, 2021, 10 songs that display the Charlottetown PEI native's sharp contemporary wit and fondness for the sounds of slapback echo, twangy Telecasters and swooning pedal steel.
Co-produced with Adam Gallant at The Hill Sound Studio in Charlottetown and mixed by Scott Franchuk in Edmonton, Stupid Cupid features MacKay backed by his regular rhythm section of Josh and Sam Langille, along with renowned guitarist Grant Siemens and pedal steel master Burke Carroll. For MacKay, it’s his third album, and the first reflection of what he describes as getting bit by the classic country bug since his previous release.
“I really became smitten with songwriters such as Shel Silverstein, Hank Williams, Bobby Bare, Roger Miller and others,” he says. “It made me focus my attention on improving my songwriting, and I tried to learn as much about it as I could. I took a lyric writing class, a storytelling class, and a creative writing class. I even took part in a songwriting workshop in Nashville where I got to meet and learn from some of the greatest songwriters in the world.”
The results of that hard work speak for themselves on Stupid Cupid. From the title track’s protagonist having his plan to win his dream girl go terribly wrong, to the tale of someone receiving a “Brand New Heart” from a man killed by his lover, to the surprisingly philosophical “God Walks Into A Bar,” MacKay effortlessly breathes new life into longstanding country music themes. However, it’s all designed to put a smile on your face, as well as a tear in your beer.