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Scotty Cram is bringing it home for a big release

Statesboro native drops first EP tonight at 40 East Grill


February 04, 2016

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    Scotty Cram has become a regular face at 40 East Grill, where he performs his pop-soul sets for diners looking for a classy night out. But Cram’s show tonight is no routine performance. Starting at 8 p.m., the Statesboro native is returning to his roots for a hometown EP release party.

    Cram is in the process of dropping his first EP, featuring titular track “Take Me Back.” A few weeks ago, on Jan. 13, he had a similar release party at Eddie’s Attic, the famous Atlanta venue, drawing a crowd that pushed the Attic’s audience capacity. Cram hopes that Statesboro audiences will be similarly enthusiastic for his music, here in the town he first began to discover his own sound.

    Cram describes his music as “pop soul” — his sound has “a throwback R&B vibe with a twist of pop.” He grew up on Motown and gospel, getting much of the latter at Fletcher Baptist Church on North Main Street, where his mother played piano. Those melodies and harmonies resonated with him as he began to experiment with his own voice 15 years ago.

    “I just wanted to go back to the feel-good music,” said Cram, whose music easily transports listeners to smoky nightclubs and spotlight-illuminated dance floors. Soulful and sultry with a clear element of groove, Cram’s music is evocative of bygone eras of classic R&B with modern elements to keep it fresh.

    Cram has been working as a writer with Sheba Publishing and Universal Music, but he has not let his own music fall by the wayside. “Take Me Back” is his first cohesive recording offering, and he and his band are hitting the road hard to try to generate interest in the EP and, they hope, to get enough support to produce Cram’s first full album.

    Cram’s show at 40 East Grill starts at 8 p.m. tonight (Thursday, Feb. 4), and fans can purchase copies of the EP there.


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