Scot was born and raised in the heart of the Midwest. He started playing electric bass in his early teens then picked up the acoustic bass a few years later. 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, which manifests itself in his playing. Among his early influences Scot counts Donald “Duck” Dunn, James Jamerson, Jack Meyers, George Porter Jr., Jaco Pastorius, Jerry Jemmott, Willie Weeks, Rocco Prestia, Tommy Cogbill, Paul Jackson, Bootsy Collins, and Willie Dixon – to name a few…
Over the years Scot has performed, recorded, and/or toured with a wide variety of international artists and groups, but he is best known for his work within the blues field with such notable artists as: Pinetop Perkins, Son Seals, Jonny Lang, Lucky Peterson, James Solberg, Sherman Robertson, Deborah Coleman, R.J. Mischo, James Armstrong, Percy Strother, Millage Gilbert, Tab Benoit, Anthony Gomes, Debbie Davies, Deanna Bogart, Tommy Castro, Mike Zito, Albert Castiglia, Albert Cummings, and Samantha Fish. Scot is currently touring with Welch/Ledbetter Connection.
Scot was also the bass player for the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Revue, spearheaded by Tommy Castro. 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).
Scot has been recognized by the Blues Foundation with a Blues Music Award nomination for Bass Player of the Year in 2013, and has been honored with a BMA for Band of the Year (Tommy Castro Band) in 2010. Numerous albums on which Scot has performed have also been nominated for and/or won BMAs. Most recently, Scot has been inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in his home state of Iowa.