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DC Larson has a Listen to Scott Kempner’s Saving Grace and Likes What He Hears

(Ed. Note: The Rock and Roll Report is proud to welcome the first contribution from DC Larson. DC is the CD Review editor for Rockabilly Magazine and writes the “Letter From America” column for England’s online Crackerjack. Other writing credits include Goldmine, Rock&Rap Confidential, Blue Suede News, Counterpunch and No Depression. He’s also penned liner notes for Rockat Barry Ryan’s new solo disc and written for Robert Gordon’s website. Hopefully this will be the first of many articles for The Rock and Roll Report. You can find more of DC’s writing on his blog located at

scott-kempner.jpgScott Kempner
Saving Grace
(00:02:59 Records)
DC Larson

A photo of Scott on his 1992 “Tenement Angels” depicted the former Dictator and Del-Lord
kicked back on the fire escape outside an apartment window: playing a guitar, oblivious to grimy reality.

Apt, indeed.

Scott is a True Believer in the transformative power of rock’n’roll, a six-string apostle for whom the music is more than a mere collection of notes, chords, progressions and melodies. In the hands of the sanctified it is a vital, breathing articulation of every joy and upset that jumps in the animal night.