Sal’s performance is always heartfelt, and seems as though sung directly to you, as though the songs are about you. His sound is simple, traditional, melodic, acoustic and relaxed, with a lazy vocal sensuality. He seeks to "touch the everyday lives of people - maybe on a musical level to be 'the guy next door' - someone who through a vocal or a song can help them cope with their problems or celebrate their joys. The truly classic song is the song folks can identify with on a very personal level."
For Sal, it all comes together in a good song. Sal takes his life experience and pours them into his music, expressing all of life's feelings in song.
While in the Marines, Sal was assigned to Special Services, performing for soldiers in Vietnam where he toured and became good friends with country singer-songwriter Dennis Robbins (who co-wrote Garth Brooks' mega hit "Two Of A Kind, Workin' On A Full House"). The two wrote songs together for six years and are still close today. Sal also spent time penning songs for Volt-Stax Records in East Memphis, the legendary home of Otis Redding, and early proving grounds for composer-artists Isaac Hayes and Jerry Butler.
In the past year, Sal has parlayed his Vietnam experience into a new identity as “The Voice of the Veteran” with tens of thousands of You-Tube hits on his greeting card ballads to the troops in Iraq “Another Time, Another Place” and “Thank God For You This Christmas” bringing new visitors and fans to his artist website.
From his days on the Ed Sullivan Show, he has also entertained in 26 states, Canada and Mexico. Recording as Sonny Scarbuck, he enjoyed great indie success throughout the 90s, both here and abroad, but as the music scene continues to change, Sal's style has shown the ability to stand up to the test of time.
Capsicum believes we can cultivate a taste for reggae-infused modern country and pop music in a significant portion of Sal’s long-time familiar and new fan-base, re-emerging as sort of a Kenny Chesney for baby boomers.
Check out the sensual double entendre of “Makin’ It Harder,” a Jason Mrazian fusion of ticky-tock reggae, blue-eyed soul, and jazz funk, flavored with some early Isley Brothers’ R & B (when still punctuated with the Hendrix guitar) and a snaky klezmer clarinet penned by Meltzer, Morris and Lynch; “Exactly,” a pop song he wrote with Meltzer capturing the optimism and the complete immersion and captivation of the senses in new love, and finally “If You Really Wanna Know,” a reggae and calypso fusion with honky tonk and rockabilly he penned with Meltzer requiring the listener’s imagination to supply the part of the dialogue from the jilting ex-lover he meets years later on the road.