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This Is the Place: An Interview with Bill Scorzari about “The Crosswinds of Kansas”

Photos courtesy of Bill Scorzari & World Music Central

"The Crosswinds of Kansas… from New York–based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Bill Scorzari… may be his best yet...Scorzari’s raspy vocals... add weight to his wise, poetic lyrics and contrast beautifully with the album’s frequently sweet-sounding music… Songs like “All Behind Me Now” and “Inside My Heart” will have you hanging on every word and wondering why Scorzari isn’t famous yet." —AMERICANA HIGHWAYS (Jeff Burger, August 12, 2022)

Today on High Plains Morning, we talked to singer-songwriter Bill Scorzari about his fourth album, The Crosswinds of Kansas, which was released in late August. Since I first saw the cover artwork and read the name of this latest release, I couldn’t wait to ask Bill how these songs came into being. Take a listen to the track “I-70 East,” and you’ll soon learn the origin of the album title: after a day of wrestling with his steering wheel through some particularly gusty winds, he woke up sore and introspective in the town of Hays, KS.

Click the link at the top of this page to hear our full interview, where we cover everything from his pre-pandemic tour which launched most of the songs on the album, as well as the loss of his mother. We also discuss the hypnotic instrumentation of the album, some of which feels a bit charmed when you hear the backstory. Learn more about Bill, his music, and upcoming tour dates on his website.

Jenny Inzerillo joined HPPR in 2015 as the host of High Plains Morning, our live music program that airs weekdays at 9 am to noon CST. Broadcasting from KJJP in beautiful downtown Amarillo, she helps listeners wake up with inspired music from our region and beyond. Tune in for new voices in folk/Americana, deep cuts from your favorite artists, soulful tracks from singer/songwriters across the world, and toe-tapping classics dating as far back as the 1920s. Plus, discover underground greats that just might be your new favorite band.