Scott Malyszka
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Scott Malyszka

Reston, Virginia, United States | SELF

Reston, Virginia, United States | SELF
Band Folk Americana


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Dry Town - 2011 CD
People Really Live This Way - 2009 CD
I Don't Have Friends Anymore - 2007 CD

Tracks from each CD have received airplay on folk and Americana radio in the United States, Canada, and Australia.



Combining traditional folk and Appalachian music with wise, twisted lyrics, Scott Malyszka performs acoustic music with deep roots and brilliant themes.

Scott’s lucid lyrics sometimes read as rich poetry and other times as scenic story. He accompanies his mountain-flavored vocals with driving flatpick guitar. It’s Doc Watson meets Tom Waits.

Scott’s most recent CD is 2011’s “Dry Town,” recorded by engineer Les Thompson (founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band). Scott is joined on the CD by fiddler Marcy Cochran (from the award-winning group Dead Men’s Hollow), plus harmony vocals by blues man Harny and old-time mandolin from Al Bernier.

Recent performances include the Washington Folk Festival, the Avalon Folk Festival, Reston Festival, Northern VA Fine Arts Festival, plus frequent appearances at bars, taverns, and Americana venues in the Washington DC area, and as fiddler in the Loudon County Theater’s presentation of “Spoon River Anthology.”

Scott performs regularly with fiddler Marcy Cochran and songwriter Tom Bodine. Tom's debut CD, "Bring Me Back," prominently features Scott's mandolin picking throughout.

Scott plays old-time fiddle with Feel The Wag, a northern-Virginia string band that also includes Bud Burwell on hammered dulcimer and a varying lineup of other old-time musicians. The band plays traditional dance tunes from Appalachia and New England at festivals, fairs, wineries, and community events in northern Virginia.

Scott is the founder of New Trail Coaching, a service that helps people succeed in their creative and artistic work. His coaching efforts include individual coaching, tele-classes, and group workshops for musicians, writers, and performers.