Wintergrass 2014 Performers -The Scott Law Band

Scott Law, originally from Southern California, brings the Appalachian bluegrass sound to Portland, Oregon, where he is now based. A versatile and sought-after guitar player, Law is adept at a range of styles rhythm & blues, vintage country, rock n’ roll, and bluegrass, and is equally as talented on the electric guitar as he is on the acoustic. This killer singer-songwriter released a solo album in 2009, and another electric album in 2012, quietly showcasing his flexible and imaginative playing. With articulate phrasing and impressive arrangements, Scott Law released his latest album, Black Mountain, in October 2013. He collaborated on the project with a variety of folks including Crooked Still’s Aoife O’Donovan, who has sung on National Public Radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion.” Also collaborating on the project are The Deadly Gentlemen, a progressive bluegrass quintet that provides the majority of the instrumentals on the album. It’s a fiddle-driven, Appalachian sound, with more energy than you can imagine. Scott Law is a live performance junkie; he exudes love for the stage that allows him to perform totally unique and organic improvisations, a style much like that of
the Grateful Dead. Before the release of Black Mountain, Law played in the bands Hanuman, Brokedown in Bakersfield, and Darol Anger’s Republic of Strings. In addition, he has collaborated with Chris Funk of The Decemberists, The String Cheese Incident, Peter Rowan, and Tony Trischka. Huffington Post referred to Law as “a musician who is intently focused on his art and the pursuit of musical freedom… a versatile, talented guitarist who has been compared to Jerry Garcia, Doc Watson, Jerry Reed, Mike Bloomfield, and Clarence White.” Like Scott, the other members of his band are fully-fledged performance junkies. Bassist Sam Grisman, was a longtime member of The Deadly Gentlemen and regularly tours with various incarnations of David Grisman bands. Jack Dwyer, on mandolin, likes to call himself a shredder/songwriter and strummer for hire. He teaches at Lewis & Clark College in Portland and has toured with The Blackberry Bushes Stringband, Tim Connell, and has recently released a duet project with Ellie Hakanson. Finally Luke Price, also a teacher at Lewis & Clark, adds his passion for infusing old fiddling traditions into new music. Luke has toured with Tony Furtado, Tristan & Tashina Clarridge and many others.

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