Scot Sax picks five songs for the #885countdown of the Greatest Songs of the New Millennium

Philly singer-songwriter, rock and roller, and the host of Vitamin FM, Scot Sax, has contributed five songs to WXPN’s 885 Greatest Songs of the New Millennium. Scot has some great picks including songs by Outkast, KT Tunstall, former Men At Work lead singer, Colin Hay, and Suzie Brown. You can follow along with the countdown here. Listen to the songs on Spotify here.

“where Is My Love” by Cat Power

“Hey Ya” by Outkast

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Scot Sax releases “Ridiculous Songs,” the most recent offspring of Project Playback


Local singer-songwriter Scot Sax has released the most recent musical result of Project Playback, the pioneering segment of XPN’s Musicians on Call program that works with local community organizations to provide songwriting workshops. The track, deceivingly titled “Ridiculous Songs,” is a beautiful acoustic number expressing the difficulties of life and therapeutic affect of songwriting. The chorus rings “I get so tired, I get so tired, but these ridiculous songs seem to help”.

The track “Ridiculous Songs” is just one more great example of the work being done through Project Playback, and how encouraging musicianship and self-expression can positively affect local communities. And it’s an appropriate message, as Sax has been traveling to local community groups such as the Veterans Community Living Center encouraging group participation in songwriting and musicianship. His pivotal leadership during Project Playback has helped many individuals break out of their shells and embrace the power of songwriting.

As Sax explained, “It all starts with a little insecurity. If they don’t play instruments well they think they can’t be good a good songwriter. [But] from one of the most frightened faces in the group came one of my favorite parts of the visit- a simple voice, a simple message, and everybody was moved”. List to Sax discuss his experience writing song with the Project Playback program below.


Listen to episode #3 of Vitamin FM hosted by Scot Sax

scotsax3 Singer-songwriter, rock and roll provocateur, and storyteller Scot Sax has a new episode of his Vitamin FM radio show/podcast that you can listen to and download below. In this episode, Sax talks about writing songs for Meatloaf, Faith Hill, the behind-the-scenes of the publishing business, and how listening to Townes Van Zandt changed the course of Scot’s life.

Listen/download episodes 2 and 3 of Vitamin FM here.


Scot Sax channels his inner Prince and Kenny Rogers on the new song, “Dirt Bike” (and releases episode two of his Vitamin FM podcast)

Scot Sax on his dirt bike on location in downtown Narberth.
Scot Sax on his dirt bike on location in downtown Narberth.

The prolific singer-songwriter, rock and roller and now the host of his own Vitamin FM radio show podcast, Scot Sax has released a new song that you can listen to and purchase below. “Dirt Bike” was inspired by WXPN’s Dan Reed who asked Sax to write a song in one day for Dan’s daily Top 5 at 5 themed feature on motorcycle songs. Wondering what a song would sound like if “Prince and Kenny Rogers were trapped in an elevator” and were asked to write in a day, “Dirt Bike” is an infectious tune, and while there is “The Gambler” meets “Lady Cab Driver,” vibe to it, it seems like the musical debt owed more to Lindsey Buckingham and wouldn’t have sounded too out of place on one of his early solo albums. Don’t miss the second episode of Sax’s Vitamin FM, right below “Dirt Bike.” The new episode’s theme is “Blacks and Whites” and features music from Odetta, Stevie Wonder and The Rolling Stones.

In case you missed the first episode of Vitamin FM, listen below.


Scot Sax wants to be your DJ; listen to “Vitamin FM”

Singer-songwriter and rock & roller Scot Sax wants to be your DJ. When it comes to the details of music history, Sax borders on geekiness with his vast knowledge and attention to detail about music. The Grammy winning songwriter and songwriting teacher at University of the Arts, is now trying his hand at being a DJ with the “Vitamin FM” podcast that you can download below. For the first episode of the podcast, Sax says he “snuck into the DJ booth and took a swan dive into the very heart of what I love the most: songs.” You’ll hear a wide range of artists including the Beach Boys, Isaac Hayes, Mike Bloomfield/Al Kooper and Simon and Garfunkel (and some folks you may never have heard of) in his first installment of Vitamin FM.


Just Announced: Busker schedule for Free at Noon from The Porch at 30th Street Station

This week, WXPN’s Free at Noon concert series is going al fresco for its first appearance at The Porch at 30th Street Station. Rocking the crowd will be Canadian four-piece The Sheepdogs, who are warming up for a headlining show at Johnny Brenda’s on September 20. In another twist for this week’s Free at Noon, XPN will be broadcasting live from The Porch from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., with various Philly musicians busking around the station and stopping by the broadcast booth to perform live on the air. Check out a tentative schedule below.

8 a.m. hour – Scot Sax w/ Suzie Brown
9 a.m. hour – Birdie Busch
10 a.m. hour – Frank Cervantes
11 a.m. hour – John Beacher
Noon hour – F@N with The Sheepdogs
1 p.m. hour – Ryan Tennis


Merry Local Philly Christmas! (download our 12 song local music holiday sampler)

 Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from WXPN and The Key! The last several weeks we celebrated the holiday season by offering a twelve original seasonal songs. WXPN’s Helen Leicht asked local bands to write and record original holiday songs for the third year in a row which the bands have offered as free downloads. Thanks to all the bands for these wonderful songs. You can download the entire sampler as a .zip file here.

The 12 Days of XPN Philly Local Christmas Sampler

Find Vienna – “Christmas Is For Our Hearts”
Gillian Grassie – “When the Night Gets Long”
Summer Fiction – “Christmas Eve for Two”
Matt Santry – “The Xmas Song”
Atomic Square – “Christmas Time is here”
Scot Sax and Suzie Brown – “Coming Your Way”
Angel Band – “I Want A Present”
JD Malone & the Experts – “Best Day Of The Year”
Kingsfoil – “The Valley, A Christmas Song”
John Flynn – “Christmas Balls”
Ben Smith – “I Got A New Tattoo For Christmas”
Ali Hoffman – “Evergreen”