Scott Holt Band

Scott Holt Band

 Nashville, Tennessee, USA
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Scott Holt and his red-hot band deliver a truly unique brand of high-energy adult contemporary, rock and blues. After spending 10 years in the legendary Buddy Guy's band, Scott is touring and recording his own outfit. Scott's virtuosity on the guitar, songwriting and vocal chops can't be denied.

Biography

Scott Holt and his red-hot band deliver a truly unique brand of high-energy adult contemporary, rock and blues. After spending 10 years in the legendary Buddy Guy's band, Scott is touring and recording his own outfit. Scott's virtuosity on the guitar, songwriting and vocal chops can't be denied.

A virtuoso guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, Holt describes his art “a singular and supreme form of prayer.” With his latest project, Kudzu, Scott Holt continues to imagine and reshape traditional approaches to blues and rock guitar. Jaw dropping performances that leave his audiences breathless, weak in the knees and begging for more have become his signature.

The Nashville based guitarist hasn’t strayed far from his childhood home. Although he spent parts of his childhood in Mississippi and Texas, Scott Holt was raised in Tennessee. Hearing Jimi Hendrix for the first time as a kid drove Scott to a single-minded focus the guitar. To hear Scott’s mother tell the story, “As a kid, Scott practiced 8 or 10 hours a day. There just wasn’t anything else”.

Holt met Buddy Guy at age 20 and the rest is history. After hearing Buddy play one night at The London Victory Club in Tampa, Scott got the chance to meet the legend and spend some time jamming with him. Buddy and Scott became fast friends, and in 1989 Buddy called Scott and asked Scott to join his touring band. Scott spent the next 10 years touring with Buddy. Scott’s friend and mentor schooled him in the history and soul of the blues - Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Walter, Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, not to mention cognac and the many uses of the word motherf***er. Buddy Guy called Scott his “secret weapon.” When asked about breaking strings in Guitar Player magazine Buddy Guy said, “Yeah…I break ‘em on anything…but I got a great guitarist with me, Scott Holt…so if I break ‘em all, he can make you forget I’m gone!”

Scott began writing songs and working with his own band during breaks from Guy’s international touring schedule. In 2000, with encouragement from his mentor, Holt left Buddy Guy’s band to develop his own career. Produced by the legendary Eddie Kramer, Holt’s first major solo release in 2000, Dark Of The Night, featured an amazing collection of musicians, including Mitch Mitchell, Billy Cox, Tommy Shannon, Chris Layton and Reese Wynans.

Four amazing records have followed, Including Angels In Exile, Chipped Front Tooth, Revelator and From Lettsworth To Legend – A Tribute To Buddy Guy. His most recent release on Audio Fidelity, From Lettsworth to Legend - A Tribute to Buddy Guy, is Scott’s expression of respect for his blues heritage and love for his mentor. “I wanted to bring myself to some of the gifts that Buddy has given me over the years, without losing track of the heritage,” said Holt. Among the standouts are the Buddy Guy classics Damn Right I’ve Got The Blues and When My Left Eye Jumps. Scott’s fluid phrasing and rich tone on Lettsworth result in a fitting tribute to a true legend and one of the best blues recordings of recent memory.

Scott takes his musical lineage and his obligation to his fans very seriously. Rooted in the blues, Scott’s original material transcends traditional forms and continues to shine on every new release. Working constantly, Scott performs over 200 shows each year at venues all over the world and maintains a busy recording schedule. Look for the latest release, Kudzu, in late 2010.

Discography

Dark Of The Night

Give Scott Holt credit for trying to breathe life into the modern electric blues with his second album, Dark of the Night. He is clearly indebted to tradition -- he spent over a decade as a sideman for Buddy Guy, and he performs not only with his band but with Stevie Ray Vaughan's Double Trouble and the Jimi Hendrix Experience as backing bands -- but he never mimics his predecessors, even if he's covering "Crosstown Traffic." His guitar is lively and vibrant, projecting more of synthesis of various styles rather than duplication. Holt also chooses some unusual songs, opening the album with Prince’s "Five Women" and The Clash's "Train in Vain (Stand By Me)." All of these departures from the norm are quite welcome, as is Holt's strong musicianship,

Personnel: Scott Holt (guitar, vocals), Billy Cox (bass), Tommy Shannon (bass), Chris Kent (bass), Mitch Mitchell (drums), Chris Layton (drums), Derek Wiseman (drums), Resse Wynans (keyboards)

- Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Track List

1. Breakin’ Up Somebody’s Home
2. I Believe To My Soul
3. Train In Vain (Stand By Me)
4. Dimples
5. Five Women
6. Dark Of The Night
7. Crosstown Traffic
8. Right Place, Wrong Time
9. All You Give Me Is The Blues
10. It Hurts To Love Somebody
11. You Gotta Serve Somebody
12. Voodoo Chile

Angels In Exile
(Blue Storm, 2001)

Scott Holt can now be considered a legitimate star in his own right after releasing some very strong material over the last few years. The one time Buddy Guy understudy has carved his own niche in the world of blues-rock most notably. On his latest release "Angels In Exile"with the new independent label Blue Storm, Holt holds nothing back and the result is an incredibly potent and stirring performance right from the starting gun.
"Baby Let's Go" starts things up with a bang, it's a real blues rockin' rave up that will start your engine and get you firing on all cylinders. "I'll Make Love To You Anytime" is another show stopper that never lets up, Holt really smokes it with his guitar and his from-the-gut vocals. The best cut is "Spanish Moon", Lord have mercy, does he pack a punch with that guitar, and he is absolutely awesome! He's got the groove, the licks and all the tricks to be a real superstar along the lines of Kenny Wayne Sheppard, Johnny Lang and all of the other up and coming young colts in the blues-rock domain.
He looks like the submissive humble child on the cover with those angel wings from a statue behind him…don't let that fool you, this guy is on fire, and he is ready to knock your socks off with some of the best guitar playing you have ever heard.

Track List

1. Baby Let’s Go
2. Too Far Gone
3. Angels In Exile
4. Dress You Up
5. The Unforgiven
6. I’ll Make Love To You Anytime
7. Up In Flames
8. Spanish Moon
9. I’ve Got A Mind To Give Up Living
10. Blind Willie McTell
11. Who You’re Thinking Of
12. Strong Enough For Goodbye

Chipped Front Tooth
(Gracetone/Lightyear, 2003)

The Scott Holt Band has recently released Chipped Front Tooth on Gracetone Records (Lightyear Entertainment). Self-admittedly a rough, unpolished recording effort, the music on “Chipped” is never-the-less expressive and honest. The opening track, Holt’s cover of the Howlin’ Wolf penned Rockin Daddy delivers with a barroom feel and pure guitar sound that sets the tone for the recording. Holt’s original material provides the perfect compliment, with tracks like Tick and If I Could offering a seamless transition between blues standards from Bobby “Blue” Bland (You’d Be A Millionaire) or Willie Mabon (I Don’t Know). Holt has always done an admirable job shifting gears between uptempo rockers and soulful ballads, and his work on Chipped Front Tooth continues on that same trend. Tab Benoit also lends a hand with some great pedal steel guitar and accordion work, as well as mixing down the final project.

Holt’s spontaneous approach on Chipped Front Tooth was unique in the fact that the band opted to tour with the new material prior to recording. The entire disc was recorded in a single day, with most of the tracks possessing an improvisational feel and realness that is most often lost in production. Holt points out that the material here, “is like a woman with a chipped front tooth…the realness just accentuates her natural beauty.” After a quick glance at the cover art, I’m not sure I agree, but after a few listens to Chipped Front Tooth you begin to believe that Scott Holt knows what he’s talking about when he says, “sometimes it’s the little imperfections that make something beautiful.”

- Review by Don Sikorski

Recording Information: LaRose, Louisiana.

Personnel: Scott Holt (guitar, vocals), Tab Benoit (pedal steel guitar, accordion, background vocals), Gene Haffner (keyboards), Richard Sanders (bass guitar), Marshall Weaver (drums), Janet Kenyon (background vocals).

Track List:

1. Rockin’ Daddy
2. Tick
3. You’d Be A Mil

Set List

We have an extremely deep repertoire and our set lists varies from night to night. We play a mix of approximately 70% original music and 30% traditional covers. Our set list develops throughout the show based on the crowd.