Feb. 9 Saturday 10 p.m.

MICHAEL SCOTT

Whiskey Bent Saloon - Nashville, TN
MICHAEL SCOTT

Michael Scott: Michael Scott, in one word, is described as "driven." Raised in Milwaukee, Michael Scott's country music education and introduction to "life on the road" came from the numerous road trips he made with his parents traveling to and from Nashville as a youth. "I like to say I was born 'driven!' I got my music education and road experience all in the back seat of a car!" Michael was introduced to country music by his father, a Nashville native, booking agent and a singer in his own right. His parents moved from Nashville, Tennessee to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where Michael was born. Life's ups and downs,pulls and tugs, drove the family back and forth between the two states. "We went back and forth so many times I just started telling people I was raised on I-65," Michael says in jest. At the time, the long and weary rides were nothing more than a nuisance to him as a child, but those road trips were the beginning stages of his country music career. "My father would listen to his favorite country music artists and those 8-10 hour rides became my music classes. I had some of country music's classic teachers like Stonewall Jackson, Mel Tillis, Merle Haggard, Mel Street, Johnny Bush and the one who made the strongest impression on me, George Jones." Over time, and with age, Michael's individual, musical tastes graduated; he grew to enjoy the music of modern day stylists Ronnie Milsap, Keith Whitley and George Strait. In his teens, Michael became the DJ for his high school. He was recognized by one of Milwaukee's largest DJ companies and offered a job; after just a few years, Michael branched out to launch his own mobile DJ company. While working at weddings and nightclubs, Michael occasionally got up and sang. His talents caught the eyes and ears of Bronco Billy's club owners, Bob Hammond and Dick Bauer, whose interest in Michael Scott helped him to finance his first country recording, a song titled, "Hey Baby." The single enjoyed local airplay and led to a choreographed line dance called "Hey Baby Boogie." The attention gave Michael the "bug" to actively pursue his career as a country recording artist. He recorded two independent CD's entitled ROUGH RIDE and LOUD AND ROWDY (Obnoxious, If Necessary) and put a band together, acting as lead singer, booking agent, tour manager and business manager. The group toured the regional circuit to play nightclubs, casinos and festivals. Much like every aspiring country music artist, Michael was driven to take the road that led back to Music City, Tennessee. Michael Scott arrived with a suitcase in one hand and a guitar in the other. With his finely tuned sales pitch, he went door-to-door knocking, up and down Music Row where he met with polite dismissals and pointed fingers directed toward the exit. A persevering entrepreneur determined to be heard, he set up a PA system on the sidewalk in downtown Nashville and sang for passers-by, not for the money, but for the exposure. "People would want to throw tips in my guitar case, but I told them I wasn't playing because I was hungry, I was playing with the hope that if they liked my music they'd buy a CD!" In as much as Michael Scott diligently pursued his hungry charge, his initiative met with disappointment after disappointment. After an afternoon of let downs, he and a buddy began tossing the football around to be able to say they..."Played on Music Row!" "We were in between the Curb Building and the United Artist Tower, and my buddy, Chico, threw one deep. I ran backwards to make the catch and bumped into some guy and knocked his hat off. When I turned around and saw his face, I looked at him and said, 'Oh, my God, you're Garth Brooks!'" After the embarrassing moment and apologetic words, Garth and Michael Scott shared a conversation in which Michael admitted he was an aspiring artist. Garth directed him to an office in the UA Tower and that's when Michael's fateful road took a right turn. Garth's road manager gave him tickets to GB's concert at the Bradley Center in Wisconsin; Michael Scott acted as event planner for Garth's band when they came into town; Garth's studio band members, Mike Chapman (who played bass for GB) played on Michael Scott's first CD and Chris Leuzinger (who played lead guitar on a number of GB's projects and for Tracy Lawrence) helped Michael Scott to find songs for his new CD and was instrumental in getting the project off the ground. Michael has since performed on the same stages with some of country music's greatest entertainers including George Jones, Reba, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, Montgomery Gentry, Sugarland, Neal McCoy and more. Michael opened for one of his own musical heroes (Tracy Lawrence) at a festival in Wisconsin and within less than a year to the date of that performance, Lawrence signed Michael Scott to his independent label (Rocky Comfort Records). "Michael Scott is a great live entertainer with a unique voice," Lawrence introduced. "He's got that 'something special,' not only as an entertainer but as a person, that translates well to the public. His live performance reminds me of the early Hank Jr. shows; he's edgy and in your face." Michael Scott describes himself as an "average Joe" who's a little rebellious, adventuresome and likes to live on the wild side. Admitting that he's an entertainer first who is working to become a great singer and a better musician, Michael Scott is likened to Hank, Jr., George Strait and Tracy Lawrence. He combines his high-energy performance with traditional country flavor and a hint of southern rock. "My music is 'C.R.A.P.'," Michael Scott laughs. "It's a combination of Country, Rock, Alternative and Pop!" The road warrior from "Millville" now calls Rocky Comfort Records "home." Headed by one of the leading men in country whose music career spans over 15 years and has celebrated successes with gold and platinum sales and 17 No. 1 singles, Tracy Lawrence is pleased to ntroduce Rocky Comfort Records first signed artist, Michael Scott. "Michael's self-driven and hardworking, and that's what it takes to make it in the business. We have an artist with edge and an edge with an artist who wants to work as hard as we do," Lawrence said. "Tracy's been a mentor for me. He's been in my shoes and he knows what I need to do and what I need not do! I'm learning through and because of his experience. He's a total package-- a teacher, my boss and my friend. That in itself is valuable." Michael Scott added. Michael signed the deal with the label (headed by Tracy Lawrence and brother Laney) in February 2008. "It really is 'home' for me. Rocky Comfort doesn't feel like a record label. It feels comfortable and it's family-friendly. Tracy and Laney can see beyond the 'business' and have allowed me to just 'be.' They've not tried to change me or my music and have encouraged me to focus on my creativity which, in turn, has enabled me to grow—as a person and as an artist." No matter the obstacles, how far, or long it took to get here, Michael Scott was driven to 'be' here. ...And 'home' is where he'll be at Rocky Comfort Records and in the country music community...just wait and see! Michael's recorded his debut CD entitled BRING IT ON which is set to be released in the coming months.

Performers

Location

Whiskey Bent Saloon
306 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37201
Nearby

Comments

Tickets for this event
$$0