Scott Perry performs and creates acoustic blues that are relevant in today's fast paced, high-tech world. With his National steel-bodied guitar and repertoire of traditional and original acoustic blues, Scott turns any performance into an intimate celebration of this powerful music.
He keeps toes tapping and audiences entranced as he takes listeners on a musical journey from the turn of the 19th century to the present. Scott’s riveting stage show and workshops blend entertainment and education to promote a deeper appreciation and understanding of the blues.
Scott spent much of his life traveling up and down the East Coast and into the Midwest learning and honing his craft. He was first introduced to this music while in college by a Taj Mahal record, but soon was studying the records of Mississippi John Hurt, Robert Johnson and other country blues players from the 1920s and 30s.
While in Chicago he learned directly from several of the recognized masters of traditional and Chicago blues including David "Honeyboy" Edwards, "Big Smokey" Smothers, Jimmy Walker, Carl Weathersby and Billy Branch. He hung out with Neal Pattman and Frank Edwards in Georgia and Drink Small and Richard "Big Boy" Henry in South Carolina. Since settling in Floyd County, Virginia, he's spent time with Nat Reese and the late John Jackson.
Scott has become more visible on the national scene by opening for or sharing the stage with other giants of acoustic and electric blues. These include Paul Rishel and Annie Raines, Corey Harris, Otis Taylor, Roy Bookbinder, Ann Rabson, Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets, Deborah Coleman, Paul Geremia and dozens more. Scott has also appeared at many of the nations top clubs and festivals. These include the Chicago Blues Festival, Charleston SC Blues Bash, Taste of the Blue Ridge Blues and Jazz Festival, Delaware Folk Festival, Chateau Morrisette Our Dog Blues Festival, Floyd World Music Festival and the Herndon Blues Festival.
Having played as many as 200 dates a year for most of his twenty-year professional career, Scott now keeps a tamer schedule. This gives him time to be with his family and work on their small farm in southwestern Virginia. At home, he and his wife, Lisa Kae, tend their vegetable garden, berry patches, orchard and small flock of chickens while home-schooling their sons, Spencer and Emerson.
However, Scott maintains a healthy local calendar of concerts while still touring occasionally. His three CDs have received critical acclaim and praise from the press, his musical peers and his fans. An active promoter of blues through his Blues Pathways foundation, he creates and implements Blues in the Schools programs and blues related workshops throughout the United States.
Scott also gives guitar lessons, writes about blues and related subjects for his own "Musings" column on his website as well as other publications. His interviews with other blues musicians, part of the Blues Pathways "Interview Project", have been published online.