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The best kept secret in music

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From the opening track "Texas" off their new album Hooked and Shattered , Fee, who plays acoustic guitar, comes off as a storyteller; the song carrying an easy funk beat and a tale about a girl left behind. The chorus goes: "Gettin' by on minimum wage and I'm takin' my ass back to Texas." Reared musically in the arms of the jamband scene, the band has still given much thought to craft in the songs which alternate from atmospheric to rootsy. "When the World Blows Up" is jangly with bluegrass abandon (a mandolin adds support), lots of chord changes, a clippy pace and the positive lyrics they clearly favor. So what if lines like, "try to live in peace and love and harmony" are a little corny? In a live setting, this band unleashes and the songs are, on the whole, compelling. Joseph Fee , the drummer, nails the tight breaks needed for fast switch-ups while playing off funk-informed bassist Mike Sojkowski , and Ed Fritz adds boppy little organ melodies over deeper, gutsier groove songs like the instrumental "Burgess." Electric lead guitarist Nick Setteducate is blessed with being able to alternate leads from jazz to rock. On one of the album's best tracks, the final "Hey My Friend," a full-out get-down Latin-rock sounding number, Setteducate is in his wailing guitar glory. - Brita Brundage


"They're a jam band from New Jersey-five boys laying down serious free-form grooves.... Look for eight-minute songs with minimal lyrics about trains, irreverent covers and bass workouts that make even the whitest peach-fuzzed white kids move with abandon." - Ned Vizzini


"Gerard Fee's earnest vocals and Nick Setteducato's powerful guitar on "Final Problem" were reminiscent of some of Blind Melon's best work..... Setteducato and Gerard Fee played some truly inspiring guitar - utilizing their effects pedals without relying on them. One thing you couldn't call Scarecrow Collection is static. The ever-expanding styles of their repertoire ensure that this band will be turning heads for many years to come." - Kevin Ford


"They sound like they're about 40 years old - very experienced - so you're surprised that they are actually so young…. These guys can JAM! They also write their own songs. The night we saw them they did not have a set list. They just rocked a song, decided what to play next, and then rocked that song…. The bottom line is that this is a GREAT, ORIGINAL band that should not be missed." - Cheryl Page


Discography

"Hooked and Shattered" self-released, 2003
"Shine" self-released, 2000

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Bio

Scarecrow Collection is an original group of musicians creating an original sound. They have been described as "Rock n' Roots" but their music is truly genre breaking. They are heady music that you will have no problem shaking your booty to....

The group began several years back in a small NJ basement, jamming out some original tunes and playing the occasional gig at local coffee houses and open mic nights. After several changes, and dozens of original tunes, the band has settled in on its current line-up: Bass, Drums, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, and Keyboards (with the occasional guest musician!) The band has played at locations in NYC such as The Bitter End, The Wetlands, and Tobacco Road. In NJ, the band frequents its favorite haunt, The Underpass in Elmwood Park, and has played several times at NJ's The Stone Pony and Mexicali Blues. More recently, the band has been consistently drawing in venues from Richmond VA to Danbury CT to Utica NY.

SCC has been privileged enough to share the bills with:
The Jerry Garcia Band, The Bomb Squad, The Dave Mason Band, Percy Hill, The Juggling Suns, The Lo Faber Band, The Ordinary Way, Marc Ford and the Sinners, Audley Freed, Melvin Sparks, MMW, The Roots, Reid Genauer & the Assembly of Dust

...and many other talented bands and musicians. They have been fortunate enough to play clubs like the late Wetlands, where they spent the club's last summer entertaining the late night weekend crowd in the infamous Wetlands' Lounge! They have performed live in Woodstock NY on WDST radio and Fairflield University's WVOF "Sharin in the Groove" radio show in CT, and can be heard on Fordham University's WFUV "Jamboree" radio show, as well as many online, college and independent radio streams.

SCC are currently spreading out in the Northeast scene, playing from VA to VT, and the band is always moving forward to create more music and get more people dancing to the sound of the Collection