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High & low: Bassist Scott Mulvahill’s songs come from ‘somewhere in the clouds’

The open road awaits Scott Mulvahill.

Scott Mulvahill is touring in support of his album “Himalayas.” (Courtesy of Keoni Keur)

It’s a familiar scene, and Mulvahill is ready with his Panera coffee in tow.

“I drank a whole medium,” he says in a recent interview.

Mulvahill is traveling through Ohio – somewhere between Lexington and Port Clinton – and he’s excited about being back on tour for his solo work.

The musician – who plays upright bass – released his latest project, “Himalayas,” in 2018.

He hasn’t toured much in regard to the record, because he’s been on tour playing in Grammy Award-winner Lauren Daigle’s band.

“Doing my own shows is something very different,” he says. “It’s great to be back on the road and performing the music I was working so long on.”

The journey to “Himalayas” was longer than Mulvahill expected.

It took a back burner to his playing in Ricky Skaggs’ band.

“Ricky keeps a pretty heavy tour schedule, and I was making the album on the time I had in between,” he says. “I had been writing and playing. I was still developing this process. I started writing the songs on the bass, and this is a thing that is unique to me. It felt more real and authentic to what I had to say, and it just became a sound that I had to explore.”

Although “Himalayas” took Mulvahill a long time to complete, he’s not expecting the next album to take long.

“I have the concept and the core that is already in place,” he says. “I don’t have to reinvent the wheel.”

Mulvahill also had an opportunity work on his editing skills.

“It’s a pretty solid part of songwriting,” he says. “The songs come from somewhere in the clouds. It starts with a spark of an idea, and then I have to like the concept. Then I have to use my craft and take into account how people are going to receive it. I don’t spare much judgment and try not to squash it with criticism. It’s a balance.”

Mulvahill will perform two shows in New Mexico – one in Albuquerque and one in Santa Fe.

He says the shows will be different.

“Anyone coming to both shows is going to experience a few different songs,” he says. “The energy of each show is different. I really love New Mexico, because it has a very magical spiritual energy. I’ve built an extra day in my trip and will get up into the mountains. The last time I was there, I spent a day in Chimayó and was thrilled to see all of the beauty in northern New Mexico.

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