- Will Scott Biography
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Will Scott is known for his bluesy voice, distinctive guitar-playing, and crafty songwriting. Blending blues and Americana with a dash of rock and outlaw country, Scott's music has captivated crowds all over the US and overseas. His energetic, soulful, live performances, and his acclaimed recordings have made Will Scott "one of the most impressive new acts of his kind to come along in quite some time" (Americana UK).
Raised in Indianapolis, IN, and Chicago, IL, Scott grew up in a musical family tradition, surrounded by a mix of blues, bluegrass, traditional country, jazz, and rock & roll. His first recording project, “Too Damn Cold,” with The Forecasters (1998) garnered international acclaim. (“Will Scott has a good vibrato and a knack for surprises” –Blues Revue). Scott’s first solo record, “Solo Electric Blues,” caught the attention of Ben Vaughn (That 70’s Show, Third Rock) and other notables in the California music industry. While a home-cooked recording project, that album helped launch Scott into New York’s music scene in 2002.
Scott's 2009 solo release, "Gnawbone,” was produced by gold record recipient, Preacher Boy (Blind Pig Records, Eagle Eye Cherry). Featuring guest performances by Jolie Holland, Samantha Parton (The Be Good Tanyas), and Jan Bell, "Gnawbone" was one of five album finalists in its category at the Independent Music Awards 2009. It continues to receive excellent reviews in the US and Europe. Scott is now finishing work on a new album titled, "Keystone Crossing," due for release in June 2011.
Will Scott has shared the stage with respected and legendary artists including those listed above, Buddy Miller, Elizabeth Cook, Band of Heathens, J. Walter Hawkes (two-time Emmy winner, Norah Jones' band), Sam Myers (blues legend), Bubba Hernandez (two-time Grammy winner for Polka), Kent Burnside, and many others. He now lives in Brooklyn, New York, performing regularly in and around the city when not on tour.