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Alan, Larsen playing pair of shows

October 6, 2011
By ZACH KUKKONEN - Features Editor/DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

LAURIUM - With a new album in tow, Marquette native Scotty Alan will play a pair of shows in the Copper Country this weekend.

Joining Alan for the shows will be Los Angeles producer and musician Bernie Larsen, who collaborated with Alan on "Wreck and the Mess," an album just released this past Tuesday.

"It's really nice to have it finally done and out," Alan said. "It took longer than we all thought it would, but every delay found its place the way it should, and things just kept happening in a very positive manner."

At 9 p.m. Friday, Larsen and Alan will play Root Notes in Laurium and the duo will also perform at 9 p.m. Saturday at Brownstone Hall in Atlantic Mine. A handful of material off the new album will be on full display, as Alan's favorite song on the new album changes on a regular basis. "Your Hero?" is currently at the top of his list, but "Says Lately" has been getting the majority of the airplay, actually finding its way on to Delta Airlines' in-flight radio.

"In some capacity I like them all," Alan said. "It depends on the day or where I am in my truck when I'm listening. I always pick up something new from each track."

The album's list of collaborators is long and talent-filled. Larsen, who produced the album and also played numerous instruments and provided background vocals, has worked with Jackson Browne, Lucinda Williams and Public Enemy. Drummer Butch Norton has worked with Aimee Man, Tracy Chapman and FIona Apple, bassist David Sutton has collaborated with Williams, Liz Phair and Melissa Etheridge and background vocalists Jorge Calderon and Kristin Mooney have worked with the likes of Warren Zevon, Leonard Cohen, Keith Richards and Norah Jones. The album also features veteran musicians Phil Parlapiano, Randy Mitchell, David Lindley and Ian McLagan.

"Wreck and the Mess" is available locally at the Copper Country Community Arts Center in Hancock and Good Times Music in Houghton. For more information on Alan, visit



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