Weaned on Tom Petty and the Beatles, Scott Blasey
grew up in the Rust Belt. He got out eventually -- after about 20 years as the frontman of the Clarks
, in which he wrote some of the era's great (albeit sadly underheralded) album-rock songs. Now living in Texas, he revisited his formative years to write the new Travelin' On
, his third solo disc. On the title track, he fondly recalls (ahem) borrowing
cars, hitting the open road, and trying to escape a little dead-end town. His acoustic solo sets feature nuanced and graceful solo material and stripped-down renditions of Clarks classics like "Born Too Late."