Scott Musick
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Scott Musick

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Established on Jan, 2014
Solo Americana Singer/Songwriter


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"The Call Featuring Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's Robert Been"

Starting with their self-titled 1982 debut, The Call have gained acclaim from countless critics and had their music hailed as “uncompromising,” “urgent,” “bristling,” and even” apocalyptic.” Those in the know— from Spinto New Musical Express—have extolled The Call for the depth of their material and the passion with which it’s performed. “If there is any justice,” wrote the Philadelphia Daily News in the band’s earliest days, “The Call will soon be heard and celebrated ‘round the world as the best new rock band of the‘80s.” And while The Call never quite evolved past cult status, their eight highly lauded studio albums more than cemented the band’s place in rock and roll history.

The Call officially began as a band in Santa Cruz, California, in 1979, when vocalist/bassist Michael Been and drummer Scott Musick teamed up with locals Tom Ferrier and Greg Freeman. But their true origins go back to Oklahoma City, where Been’s life was for ever altered by his first sight of Elvis Presley on TV. By age 7, Been was performing weekly on local television and radio, giving a dose of Chuck Berryand Little Richard to the country-western crowd. From that moment on, music would be his only occupation. At 16—soon after discovering Bob Dylan and The Band, a strong influence both musically and lyrically—Been moved to Chicago and found himself drawn into the blues scene by Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson,and Junior Parker. He later moved to California, connected with Musick, and ultimately formed The Call.

Although The Call’s first demos were rejected by every major American label, nearly every major producer was eager to join forces with this passionate new band. In the end their debut LP was produced by Hugh Padgham (best known for his work with David Bowie and The Police), and The Call were quickly playing major venues as an opening act for artists like Peter Gabriel and Simple Minds.

Over the next eight years, The Call would release seven heavily praised albums and earn considerable airplay with iconic hits songs like “Let The Day Begin” and “I Still Believe (Great Design).” After a seven-year break, the band reformed in 1997 to release the well-received Heaven & Back. The Call then disbanded, paving the way for Been to begin serving as sound engineer for his son Robert Levon Been’s band Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (as well as co-producing the band’s first five albums). But while working with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club at the 2010 Pukkelpop festival in Belgium, Been suffered a heart attack and passed away backstage.

Now The Call is gearing up to play live for the first time in ten years, with Robert taking over his father’s role and joining Musick, Ferrier, and keyboardist Jim Goodwin for two shows: one on April 18 at Slim’s in San Francisco, the other on April 19 at The Troubadour in Los Angeles. For Robert—who grew up going out on the road with The Call anytime he had a break from school—the two dates offer the chance to honor his musical legacy and perform nearly a dozen and half songs from the band’s esteemed catalog. And for the original members, the shows allow the opportunity to move forward with the band while preserving the solidarity that Been very much treasured as the founder of The Call.

“That’s something I’ve wanted since I was 16 years old, when I heard The Band for the first time,”Been once said of the band’s uncommon cohesiveness. “When that happens—that chemistry between people—it’s incredibly satisfying…To know that we’ve done this together is what makes it all worthwhile.”

© Words Liz Barker - Zani

"Can't Stop Musick - by John Wooley"

Gustav Flaubert, the 19th-century French novelist, once said that talent was nothing but long patience. And, while Tulsa’s Scott Musick showed plenty of musical talent at an early age, the virtue of patience has also served him well.

Take, for instance, a time back in the early ‘70s, when drummer Musick returned to Tulsa after a stint with a hard-working West Coast band called Broken Arrow. He’d decided to enroll in the music program at North Texas State University, which he figured would help him crack the studio-musician scene on the West Coast. But then his friend and former bandmate Danny Timms rolled through town and told him about a new band that was starting up in California.

“He’d gotten to be friends with [Oklahoma City native] Michael Been, and he told me, ‘Hey, we’d better play with this guy. We can probably get a record deal,’” recalls Musick. “So without too much arm-twisting, I went back. And Danny wasn’t with us by then, but sure enough, 10 or 12 years later, we got a record deal.” He laughs. “Nothing to it.”

The band that got the deal was The Call, which became a presence on MTV and radio and in concert halls for the whole of the 1980s. The 10 discs recorded by the group yielded such album-oriented rock favorites as “Let the Day Begin” (later used by Al Gore in his 2000 presidential bid), “The Walls Came Down” and “I Still Believe.”

Then, after his time with The Call had run its course, Musick and Timms reunited as Kris Kristofferson’s touring band. That job, which Musick calls “the favorite gig I ever had,” lasted for four years in the mid-1990s, indirectly leading to the latest milestone in Musick’s career.

“While we were with Kristofferson, we had built a studio in Danny’s guest house,” says Musick. “It sounded great, and Danny thought Kris should record there. So he played Kris a song that we’d recorded at his house; it was ‘Foolish Thangs,’ one of my songs. While Kris was listening to it, Danny said, ‘Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?’

“Kris asked, ‘Whose song is that?’ Danny said, ‘Scott’s.’ Kris looked at me and said, ‘Are you singing that?’ And when I said yes, he said, ‘Well, you’re the one who ought to be making a record!’”

“So now, in less than 20 years,” he concludes, “I’ve gotten it done.”

Musick’s new CD – his first as a solo artist – is the impressive Americana Gold, an eight-song set of solid singer-songwriter tunes, nicely crafted, lyrically strong and presented with subtle, sure-handed authority by Musick and his cohorts, which include Timms and another longtime California friend, guitarist-vocalist Jim Lewin. Tulsa musicians Randy Ess and Alan Ransom are among the disc’s other contributors. In addition to the Musick originals, Lewin contributes the wistfully nostalgic “Olden Days,” and Kristofferson “The Promise,” an exquisitely sad song about the moving on of a loved one.

“I sang that song at my daughter’s wedding, just a little over a year ago, so in that case, it wasn’t all that sad,” notes Musick. “It was just, you know, a letting go, so she can go on to her future.

“When I was with Kris, he played that song every night. It was the only song of the set I didn’t play on; it just didn’t need drums. Danny and Kris played it, and it was beautiful every time.”

As Musick implies, Americana Gold was recorded over a period of time, mostly utilizing Lewin’s studio in Santa Cruz, California, as well as the Penthouse, Musick’s own Tulsa operation. And now that the record’s done, he knows that some of The Call’s still-active fan base may be surprised by its acoustic approach.

“I’d imagine that will happen, because more people relate me to a rock ‘n’ roll band,” he muses. “It’s definitely a departure from that kind of sound. There hasn’t been too much said about it yet, but there’s been a little more notice since The Call played a couple of reunion shows in California a few weeks ago. A few people have mentioned it, but not too many have heard it, because it hasn’t come out yet.” (At this writing, a June release was planned.)

Musick has been road-testing the material for a while, however, in Tulsa and elsewhere. He’s done the local gigs with his old partner Timms, who’s originally from San Pedro, Calif., moving to the Tulsa area a few years after Musick returned from the West Coast. Timms has been active on the local scene ever since, both with and without Musick.

“Danny and I started doing a duo probably two years ago, and when we’d play a pub or whatever, we’d do an acoustic set of our own songs,” he says. “That’s when I first started singing and playing guitar around here, and it went really, really well. We also play as a trio with [guitarist] Steve Hickerson: Danny, Doc and Scott. That’s a good band, really fun, and hopefully we’ll be doing more of that.

“Other than the acoustic sets with Danny at gigs around town here, I did the debut of Scott Musick songs in California with Jim Lewin. We did some Jim songs and some Scott songs at a show in Monterey and a show in Corralitos, which is just outside Santa Cruz. We packed that place, the Corralitos Cultural Event Center. It was standing room only. If they were into culture, they had to have us, of course,” he adds with another laugh.

Santa Cruz, as The Call aficionados know, is the home of that band, and Musick spent nearly three decades as a part of the area’s music scene. He’d moved to California in 1970, at the age of 17, after graduating from Edison Preparatory School in Tulsa, making the trip with fellow Edison musician David Tanner.

“People still mention our high school band, Thunder and Lighnin’,” he says. “We were all in the Edison stage band, the Screaming Eagles, and we started a rock band on the side. David Tanner played electric bass and occasional piano, and he was the lead singer. It was pretty much all his fault; he got everybody together. Pat ‘Taco’ Ryan played sax, and Tuck Andress [later of the internationally known jazz act Tuck & Patti] was the guitarist. He just blew me away.”

And while he would go on to achieve his greatest fame as a rock drummer, the seeds for Americana Gold and Musick’s future as a vocalist were probably sown in those long-ago high school days.

“I sang lead on a couple of songs with Thunder and Lightnin’, and they were kind of country-sounding songs by the Beatles: ‘What Goes On’ and, maybe, ‘Act Naturally,’” he recalls.

Decades later, Americana Gold tracks like “Foolish Thangs” and “Blue Highway” echo the countrified elements of those tunes, bringing Musick, in a way, full circle. And while his new CD can been seen as a reflection of his musical journey, it’s also a harbinger of the way he’d like his musical future to unfold.

“I hope that it gets me started playing my own songs more, and being a bit of a front man,” he says of the disc. “That’s what I like doing these days. I still have a good time playing drums in other people’s bands – I play a lot with a band called Easy Street, which is a really fun party band – but I get a kick out of singing songs and playing guitar. Now, I’m just more into the acoustic approach.” - Oklahoma Magazine - July 2013


Still working on that hot first release.



Scott Musick has been in the music industry most of his life. A drum prodigy as a child, he moved from Tulsa to Los Angeles at the age of 18 and immediately began recording and touring with some of the industry's biggest acts. 

Scott has performed with legends, Peter Gabriel, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, The Band and Smokey Robinson, as well as Elvis Costello, Hoyt Axton, Delbert McClinton, Harry Dean Stanton and many others. His musical skills can also be heard on The Archies and Fat Albert cartoons as well as on film soundtracks, such as Weird Science, Tango & Cash and Light Sleeper. 

In 1980, Scott formed The Call with Michael Been and enjoyed much critical and popular success throughout the next two decades while touring the world and being signed to three major record labels in the U.S. and abroad. During this time, he collaborated and had a record produced by T. Bone Burnett. 

Americana Gold, Scott's first solo album, released to rave reviews, is a harmonious blend of Americana, acoustic rock, old country and gospel, presented by powerful players including Musick, Jim Lewin (Great American Taxi, Todd Snider, Lacy J. Dalton, Harmony Grits), Danny Timms (Bonnie Raitt, Kris Kristofferson, Los Lobos, The Highwaymen, Delbert McClinton) and Tulsa greats, Randy Ess and Alan Ransom, on "The Crossing". 

Scott is currently back in the studio recording an Americana Gospel CD to be released in 2014. The Call is also releasing a new DVD and Live CD in 2014 featuring Robert Been of BRMC. Robert Been is the son of the late Michael Been. 

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