Scott Von

Scott Von

BandFolkAcoustic

Where acoustic roots music meets modern american folk. Stomping boots and stirring grooves from the roots tradition, stripped down songs from the folk tradition, and a stage show that inspires.

Biography

Scott Von writes music at the crossroads where roots music meets modern american folk. Stomping boots and stirring grooves from the roots tradition, stripped down songs from the folk tradition, and a stage show that inspires. Von entered the Americana/Acoustic Roots scene in early 2006 and began touring and writing songs for his newest album “MOVING STONES.” Since then travels have taken him from festival stages, to intimate house concerts, college campuses, theatres, and clubs. He has opened for Chris Smither, Peter Mulvey, Over the Rhine, the Samples, and has received glowing reviews from artists such as Vance Gilbert, Billy Jonas, Pat Flynn, Taylor Mesple, and Kreg Viesselman.

Von has won various songwriting awards: Winner of the Swallow Hill Music Festival Songwriting Competition, Top 20 at the '06 Lyons Folk Festival, Was chosen to compose an original song for an Olympic Torch ceremony, and has had his songs placed on national acoustic CD samplers, including a recent 2007 Sundance Film Festival sampler. With a new album, and a love for the road and performing live, Von puts it this way, “To slowly fill up a suitcase of songs over a lifetime of travel, music, and good people - that to me is a noble pursuit…”

ALBUM INFO:
MOVING STONES is Scott Von’s newest recording, and a musical romp through the up's and down's of an American life. The album captures many of the live favorites from the road. Take “Sailin’ on a boat,” the opening cut, with its unmistakable vamp, or “Hard” which documents the reflections of a man looking back on his life. Consider “Down by the sea” with it’s story of the coastal life of Central America, or listen to the live favorite “Two eyes” which tells the true tale of walking straight into a grizzly bear. Recorded in an old farmhouse in Maine, Von’s new album offers up stirring grooves from the roots music tradition, strips it down bare and vulnerable like the best artists of the folk tradition, and takes musical risks by mingling with musicians who can play flat out.

Scott has an extensive line-up of upcoming concerts. For an up to date calendar please visit:

www.scottvon.com
www.myspace.com/scottvon

The new album MOVING STONES is available on iTunes or cdbaby.com

Lyrics

Down by the sea

Written By: Scott Von

The water taxi man comes in his boat
Picks up my girl and me
We sail on down past fishing boats
Fisherman wave at me
Here comes that man with the big yellow hat
Selling his fruit again
And the sun settles down and we watch it go
Into the sea

Then we went up high
And got down low
Yes we danced and just let ourselves go
Would you believe I did not know
How good this would be

Down by the sea

The sound of the waves comes crashing down
Waking my girl and me
We head to the town to catch another boat
And head off out to sea
But here comes that man with the big yellow hat
Selling his fruit again
And the sun settles down and we watch it go
Into the sea

Then we went up high
And got down low
Yes we danced and just let ourselves go
Would you believe I did not know
How good this would be

Down by the sea

Molly Mallone

Written By: Scott Von

Molly Mallone, she went down to the corner
Oh and she never came back
She headed down south where she found an old abandoned
Run down wooden shack

But if you see her, tell her I love her
And tell her I’m lonely
My sweet bonita, come home

Molly Mallone, she sent out some letters
Telling her friends where she’d gone
She was tired of living without money
Oh, and now my woman was gone

But if you see her, tell her I love her
And tell her I’m lonely
My sweet bonita, my sweet bonita
Oh won’t you come home

Molly Mallone, is still living on her own
Oh, she never came back
She’s singing away, somehow down in her garden
And oh I know she’ll never come back

But if you see her, tell her I love her
And tell her I’m lonely
My sweet bonita, my sweet bonita
Oh won’t you come home

Sailin' on a boat

Written By: Scott Von

Let’s go sailin’ on a boat
I finally made up my mind
I’m gonna go and sail around the world
Yeah, I’m even gonna take my time
But I hear the sirens calling
Trying to pull me in
Singing out a pirate song
Oh, just pulling me in

“Come closer” they say, “we have everything you need”
But I turn away this time, I will not listen, to the siren song

I’m gonna go sailin’ on a boat
And nothing gonna get in my way
I’m gonna go and find me an island
And drop the anchor down and stay
But I need a mermaid to guide me
And that’s where you come in
Would you want to sail around the world with me
Splash around and just pretend

“Come closer” they say, “we have everything you need”
But I turn away this time, I will not listen
To the siren song not today
So will you come with me and keep me company
Let’s steal away

Come on lets go sailing on a boat
Why don’t you come with me
Let’s go sailing on a boat
And keep me company

“Come closer” they say, “we have everything you need”
But I turn away this time, I will not listen
To the siren song, no not today
So will you come with me and keep me company
Let’s steal away

Come on lets go sailin’ on a boat
Why don’t you come with me
Let’s go sailing on a boat
And keep me company

Discography

MOVING STONES - released 2006
PORTABLE GROOVE - released 2002

Both albums available at:
http://www.cdbaby.com

Set List

Scott Von performs solo, with his duo, and full band concerts.

You can find him playing venues ranging from a one-set main stage festival, to intimate house concerts, to club concert dates. Please contact with the needs of the venue.

90% of a Scott Von concert is original music. The music is upbeat and dynamic, ranging from strong roots/grooves to alt. country fingerstyle. With a voice that can raise the roof, the beat is always driving, and the stage presence is always inspiring.

Scott is known for putting his own unique stamp on the occasional cover song and making it his own. Fans often comment about his artistic ability to compliment another artist, not copy them. In past concerts Scott has performed his own arrangements of music by: Peter Gabriel, Bob Marley, David Bowie, Greg Brown, Lyle Lovett, Gillian Welch and the Rolling Stones.