Scott Perry

Scott Perry

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Scott's music celebrates the relevance and vitality of acoustic music created and recorded in the early years of the 20th century. Drawing inspiration from traditional blues, hill billy, ragtime, and mountain guitar, Scott has fashioned an old school sound that resonates today.

Biography

Scott Perry's music celebrates the relevance and vitality of acoustic music created and recorded in the early years of the 20th century. Drawing inspiration from traditional blues, hill billy, ragtime, Tin Pan Alley, old time, honky tonk, western swing jazz and mountain guitar, Scott has fashioned an old school sound that resonates today. His interpretations of traditional songs reflect respect for the past and the music's traditions of fusion and self-expression. He has also written and recorded dozens of songs that display these influences.

A performer with a 25-year career, Scott began his musical journey in college. He earned a degree, despite hours spent trying to recreate the music of Mississippi John Hurt, Robert Johnson and Reverend Gary Davis. After a brief teaching career, Scott moved to Chicago and worked with David Honeyboy Edwards, Big Smokey Smothers, Jimmy Walker, Carl Weathersby and Billy Branch. While living in Georgia, Scott hung out with Neal Pattman and Frank Edwards, and in South Carolina met Drink Small and Richard Big Boy Henry.

Since settling in Virginia, Scott has spent time with Nat Reese and the late John Jackson and many traditional and old-time players. Scott maintains a healthy performance schedule while home-schooling his sons and working a small farm in southwestern Virginia with his wife.

Scott not only advocates for blues and roots music in his live shows and recordings, but also works in schools, colleges, libraries and community centers presenting "Blues Pathways" workshops. These workshops present a broad overview of the lyrical and musical elements of the music and the cultural and historical context that created it. Musical examples, hands on activities and songwriting exercises keep audiences of all ages engaged and entertained.

Scott owns and operates a music store, the PickinÂ’ Porch, that features acoustic musical instruments and supplies. He gives over thirty guitar lessons every week to students aged 5 to 75.

Discography

1997 "Juke 'n' Slide," Sunrise Records
2002 "I'm Happy Now," Oh Papa Music
2004 "Hero Worship," Oh Papa Music
2007 "8 Miles to Perryville," Oh Papa Music

Set List

Set lists and duration are tailored to specific events and audiences. Scott believes in giving promoters, venues and audiences their money's worth!

A typical set includes a healthy dose of country blues by well known artists such as Robert Johnson, Reverend Gary Davis and Mississippi John Hurt as well as lesser known masters such as Bo Carter, Robert Wilkins and Memphis Minnie. Hillbilly and mountain guitar tunes by artists like Sam McGee, Frank Hutchinson and Charlie Poole are also featured as are honky tonk selections by Hank Williams and Merle Travis and western swing tunes by Bob Wills. Jazz tunes by artists such as Fats Waller and Thelonius Monk as well as oddities by Rabbit Muse and Cliff Edwards are also featured as are original tunes.