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November 6, 2020

The pandemic may have halted most live music performances in 2020, but it didn’t stop singer/songwriter Scott McQuaig from producing a live music experience for his audiences to enjoy. His newest album, As Live as it Gets, will be released December 1.

 

As Live as it Gets is Scott’s fourth album. Scott’s first self-titled album was released by MCA Records in 1990. Scott achieved moderate success with his first single, “Honky Tonk Amnesia,” which reached #46 on the charts.  Two more singles, “Johnny and the Dreamers” and “Old Memory,” were released on Capitol Records. After a more than twenty-year break from recording, Scott released his second album, I’m Still Falling, in 2012. A mixture of all his influences over the years, I’m Still Falling includes a range of styles with overtones of blues, country, and rock. In 2018 he released, A Song Away from You, which has a traditional country feel with an influence of the West Coast sound made popular by artists such as Buck Owens, Wynn Stewart, and Merle Haggard.

 

As Live as it Gets features 13 tracks of live performances by Scott McQuaig & The Tomcats and includes songs written by Scott as well as songs by his musical influences such as Merle Haggard, John Hiatt, Guy Clark, and Gram Parsons. “I’ve missed the enjoyment that performing live brings, and I know so many artists are going through that right now,” says McQuaig. “Working on this album has been a welcome way of staying focused on music and also a reminder of how much I appreciate so many people – especially loyal listeners and bandmates– who have been so supportive through the years.”

 

The new album will be available December 1 on all major streaming sites such as Spotify, and Apple Music, and downloads and CD’s can be purchased online at scottmcquaigmusic.com and on Amazon.

November 6, 2020

The Temple Theatre for the Performing Arts was sold out for a Thursday, November 5 performance by Todd Tilghman, 2020 winner of The Voice. Scott McQuaig, accompanied by Tommy Ethridge, and Emily White, accompanied by Paul Buono, performed as supporting acts.  A surprise appearance by Randy Houser added to the memorable evening of native Meridian artists on the Temple stage.

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October 25, 2020

Performances have been on pause since the coronavirus outbreak, but  the Jimmie Rodgers Foundation found a way to thank its festival supporters by holding a private reception at The MAX on Saturday, October 24.  The socially-distanced crowd enjoyed performances by Emily White, Scott McQuaig, and Paul Burch with Fats Kaplin.

Accompanying Scott on acoustic bass was Tommy Ethridge.  Scott performed a number of songs including his newly-written unreleased song, It Won't be Long.

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August 30, 2020

The inaugural Temple Theatre Walk of Fame induction ceremony held August 30 honored a number of individuals for their contributions to the arts and to the community.  Scott McQuaig was among the first group of honorees, and his hand prints have been installed on the sidewalk in front of the theater. A Sucarnochee Revue concert was held afterward and included many of the inductees. Scott debuted his newest song, It Won't be Long.

Other inductees included Patrick Sansone, Moe Bandy, Elliott Street, Sela Ward, Steve Forbert, George Cummings, John Johnson, Faye Carol, Hartley Peavey, Britt Gully, Jane Smith, Tony Sansone, Jacky Jack White, Ken Rainey, Martha Ann Alford, Derrick McKey, Dexter McCleon, and Mississippi Chris Sharp.

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May 1, 2020

Scott McQuaig performs his train song, "When a Train Whistle Blows the Blues" for "Mississippi Songwriters: Songs from Home," a 30 minute television special featuring Mississippi songwriters performing their own music from home. The series is produced by WLOX in Biloxi, Mississippi and airs on Gray Media stations throughout the southeast.  In Mississippi, the series airs on WLOX CBS Biloxi, WLOX ABC Biloxi, WTOK Meridian, WDAM Hattiesburg, and WLBT Jackson. The episodes are available for streaming on WLOX.com, and our free WLOX apps for Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire.

Scott is featured in the May 1 episode, which can be viewed at the link below.

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March 24, 2020

Pro Country founder Justin Loretangeli has published his web feature about Scott at procountrymusic.com.  Justin has interviewed hundreds of current and former major label country music artists and has quite an impressive collection of very well written pieces on his site. Check out the article about Scott and lose yourself exploring so many of the great artists he has featured!  Click below to link to the article:

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April 26, 2019

A longtime source for intelligent reviews and essays on all things music, Ink 19 has added a review of Scott's latest album.  Click the INK 19 logo below to link to the page and read the review.

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April 15, 2019

St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Meridian, Mississippi will host their first Mission and Music Festival on Saturday, May 4, 2019. The event kicks off at 10:00am with acoustic duo Southern Drive, and Scott McQuaig & The Tomcats will perform afterward until 2:00pm.  In addition to the live music the festival offers fried fish plates, children's activities, and a freezer and bake sale. 100% of the proceeds from the event will benefit L.O.V.E.'s Kitchen and Care Lodge. St. Paul's Episcopal Church is located at 1116 23rd Avenue in Meridian.

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November 1, 2018

Thanks to Stacey Zering and No Depression for the review of A Song Away from You and for hearing in it some of the qualities I think make it a great album!  Click on the image to read the review.

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October 31, 2018

Country Style Radio Show in the Netherlands has added A Song Away from You to their recommended list and has added tracks from the album to their rotation.  They do a great job of promoting great country music, both old and new. Check them out online at http://www.country-style.nl and follow them on Facebook!

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June 20, 2018

Scott teams up with Reggie Thomas of Zobleu to produce a piece promoting the album.  Clips from the album release event are a reminder of what a fun evening that was!  The video features the album's first release, "Honky Tonk O'Clock" and exclusive interview footage. 

April 16, 2018

Five years after the release of his last album,  Scott McQuaig unveils a new album, A Song Away from You.

A Song Away from You includes seven original songs by McQuaig and three covers. The album has a traditional country feel with an influence of the West Coast sound made popular by artists such as Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, and Wynn Stewart.

 

“This album is highly autobiographical because all the songs come from deeply emotional places that I’ve experienced throughout my life,” McQuaig explains, “and it’s still a work in progress.”

 

The first single, "Honky Tonk O'Clock," kicks off the album with an upbeat tempo in an undeniable traditional country style.  Also on the album is McQuaig’s personal tribute to Hank Williams, titled “Hiram,” and a cover of “Too Weak Notice,” written by Steve Smithson.  Smithson, who died in 2017 following a lengthy illness, was a longtime friend and member of McQuaig’s band as well as a member of Meridian-famed band The Who Daddys. 

 

McQuaig and his band, The Tomcats, recorded at Burnt Orange Studio in Louisville, Mississippi. Members are Tommy Ethridge, Walt Littleton, and Bryan Culpepper. Also contributing are Ted Hennington and Tommy Moran. McQuaig and Jonathan “The Badman” Parkison co-produced the project.

 

The new album was released April 14 at a special event in McQuaig's hometown of Meridian, Mississippi and is available for digital download and online purchase through CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes, and other online music distributors.