“A songwriter/storyteller at the top of his game, on his first solo album Scott Low presents us an album of intense storytelling and well-crafted songs, barebones but intrinsically woven around beautiful melody’s, the guitar spills forth with an emotion of its own carrying the listener to one’s own inner reflections. At times Scott channels Neil Young at his height, on the songs Cactusgrass, Meet Me Above, Crumble and In Sickness I Am Health to great effect and I don’t think that’s hyperbole.”
“Rough guitars, great lead vocals and AMAZING female harmony vocals, this is so similar to early Lucero albums in sound that I had to check to make sure it wasn’t. It isn’t, though, because frontman Scott Low writes songs that are far stronger in the pure country tradition than Ben Nichols has ever gone in for, so Efren marries that rough cowpunk sound of Lucero to the purer songwriting of Nashville history. (Also, he’s super adorable.) If you’re itching for new music that sounds (RIYL) Lucero or Ryan Bingham, this is the album for you”
“Scott Low has a deep southern twang and a unique, raspy voice that drops to a gruff almost-whisper”
“Efren’s latest release, Write a New Song. Propelled by the fantastic songwriting of Scott Low, Efren have created a record that can feasibly be held up alongside one of Drive-By Trucker’s or Lucero’s high points.”
"Low's voice reminds me of the loud, breathy whisper of Iron & Wine's Sam Beam, but with more attack and a remarkably thick Southern drawl. Low's whiskey voice sounds authentic, and the standard country subject matter comes out as something personal and unique."
"As the main man in Athens, Ga.-based Americana band Efren, Low currently stands out as one of the Peach State's potentially great up-and-coming songwriters."
“The intimate environment of Flicker Theatre served as the perfect stage for members of Efren and A Postwar Drama to play stripped down versions of their well orchestrated songs and few solo originals. Scott Low, the solo project of Efren front man Scott Leon-O’Day, took the first slot equipped with an acoustic-electric guitar, a few pedals and a Miller High Life. Leon-O’Day finger-picked slowly through his first few whiskey-soaked folk songs with a low and raspy vocal style. Between most songs, he told cool and witty one-liners, which he explained were rare because he usually was not that “chatty.” It was entertaining regardless. The second half of the performance was much more lively and full of foot stomping beats and rapid progressions. Leon-O’Day sang with more twang in later songs and made great use of the delay pedals which displayed a bit of experimentation before he closed out with a country song about, again, whiskey.”