ABOVE: Scot performing with James Solberg and Son Seals in 2004. Scot toured as a part of the James Solberg Band w/ Son Seals in 2004.
ABOVE: Elvin Bishop and Scot on stage in 2009.
ABOVE: Scot playing his upright with Magic Dick of the J Geils Band in 2010.
Scot was born on January 31, 1969 in the heartland of America. He started playing bass at the age of 14. Although Scot claims to be self-taught, he has had several incredible teachers and mentors to help him hone his craft. Scot prides himself in being versatile and open-minded with regard to all musical genres.
Over the years Scot has performed, recorded, and/or toured with a wide variety of artists and groups, but he is best known for his work within the blues field with such notable artists as: Pinetop Perkins, Son Seals, Lucky Peterson, James Solberg, Sherman Robertson, Deborah Coleman, R.J. Mischo, James Armstrong, Percy Strother, Millage Gilbert, Anthony Gomes, Debbie Davies, Deanna Bogart, Tommy Castro, Mike Zito and Samantha Fish.
From 2006-2012, Scot was a member of the Tommy Castro Band, voted Band of the Year at the 2010 Blues Music Awards, and nominated again for the 2012 BMAs. The band’s album, Hard Believer, on which Scot played, was also awarded a BMA in 2010 for Best Contemporary Blues Album.
As a member of the Tommy Castro Band, Scot was also the bass player for the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Revue. The LRBR, which is affiliated with the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise, has toured from coast to coast and around the world, backing up some of today’s most notable blues artists, including: Ronnie Baker Brooks, Kenny Neal, Tab Benoit, Johnny Sansone, Joe Louis Walker, Coco Montoya, Michael Burks, Bernard Allison, Debbie Davies, Larry McCray, Magic Dick, Curtis Salgado, Rick Estrin, John Nemeth, Theodis Ealey, Deanna Bogart, Sista Monica Parker, Janiva Magness, Marcia Ball, and Elvin Bishop (Scot played bass on one track of Elvin’s Grammy-nominated album The Blues Rolls On).
The LRBR have two live recordings out on cd. The first, on the Delta Groove label is called Command Performance (2009), and the second, on Alligator Records, is called Tommy Castro Presents: The Legendary Rhythm and Blues Revue – Live! (2011) – which was also nominated for a 2012 BMA in the Contemporary Blues Album category.
In 2012 Scot toured extensively with Anthony Gomes, Deanna Bogart, and Debbie Davies. In December of 2012 Scot joined forces with Mike Zito as a member of his band, The Wheel, which also features drummer Rob Lee, Sax player Jimmy Carpenter and phenomenal keyboard man Lewis Stephens (formerly with Delbert McClinton and Freddie King). MZ & the Wheel's first CD on Ruf Records, "Gone to Texas" was nominated for a 2014 Blues Music Award in the category "Best Rock Blues Album".
Scot was also nominated by the Blues Foundation for a 2013 Blues Music Award for Bassist of the year.
In March of 2014 Scot was welcomed into Samantha Fish's band, ensuring that he will be kept quite busy between her and Mike Zito & the Wheel's touring schedules!
One of the many versions of the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue: Tony Stead, Tom Poole, Keith Crossan, Deanna Bogart, Joe Louis Walker, Tommy Castro, Debbie Davies, Scot Sutherland, Ronnie Smith