Multifaceted artist Scott Law is a powerful instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and raconteur operating at the very highest level of his craft. Hailed as an “esteemed flat-picker” by Acoustic Guitar magazine, Law is equally reverent and inventive on electric guitar, acoustic guitar and mandolin and sought after as both leader and accompanist.
Law’s shape-shifting sonics reflect primary colors of the American musical panorama. Having sown deep roots in blues and the Bakersfield-tinged country Telecaster of Don Rich and Clarence White, Law’s electric guitar is widely appreciated for giving a feel and melodic fluidity reminiscent of Jerry Garcia.
Law’s acoustic touch free-ranges from the hardcore flat-picking school of Doc Watson to the finger-style rags & blues of Big Bill Broonzy and Mississippi John Hurt. On mandolin, Scott brings a dusky, driving tonality primarily influenced by Bill Monroe and David Grisman.
A not-so-secret weapon sought after for his distinctive ability to elevate the potency of any collaboration, Law is a fearless improviser. Scott’s story-like solos seem to arrive, channeled from somewhere timeless and his core skill as an accompanist is lauded by fellow musicians and audiences alike, recognizing an ability to push the envelope further toward unforgettable musical highs.
Currently, Law co-leads and tours with the band “Scott Law & Ross James’ Cosmic Twang,” with new recorded works of their psychedelic americana to release in 2019. Law plays regularly with Phil Lesh, legendary bass player and founding member of the Grateful Dead in the rotating “Phil Lesh & Friends” cast and continues a week-long monthly residency at the Lesh family’s Terrapin Crossroads venue in San Rafael, California since February 2013.
Law has played and collaborated with an array of legendary and popular contemporary artists including Phil Lesh (Grateful Dead), Peter Rowan, Darol Anger’s Republic of Strings, The String Cheese Incident, The Travelin' McCourys, Melvin Seals, Tony Trischka, Tim O’Brien, Greensky Bluegrass and many others.
Law is also a dedicated and experienced educator, sharing what he has learned at various music workshops, schools, camps, festivals and private sessions each year. When off the road, he lives in Portland, Oregon.
SCOTT LAW & ROSS JAMES' COSMIC TWANG
Scott Law & Ross James first met at Phil Lesh’s Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, and have been blazing a trail through their own blend of psychedelic country rock n’ roll music ever since. They share a passion for pushing musical boundaries, and have an amazing sense of improvisation and connection. On any given night you will hear the influences of Bill Monroe, Merle Haggard, The Grateful Dead, or the Velvet Underground running through their music. Cosmic Twang are recognized for their stellar sit-ins, and their unique ability to bring those guests into their musical fold. Memorable collaborations have included Phil Lesh, Dave Schools, Nicki Bluhm, Stu Allen and Cass McCombs.
BROKEDOWN IN BAKERSFIELD
Brokedown in Bakersfield is a collective of acclaimed West Coast artists joining forces in a spirited tribute to the Bakersfield sound: California country music made raw and rocking, spiked with twang and sweetened with heartfelt harmonies. First appearing to hundreds of music fans on a sunny Saturday morning at the 2011 High Sierra Music Festival, the group features Lebo (pedal steel); Scott Law (Telecaster); singer Nicki Bluhm (of Gramblers fame); Tim Bluhm of the Mother Hips (vocals, acoustic guitar); and the ALO rhythm section of Steve Adams and Dave Brogan. Drawing from the powerful songbooks of Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Gram Parsons and more, Brokedown in Bakersfield showcases the striking songwriting and instrumentation of guitar-slinging country sounds that added oil to the Dust Bowl life of ‘60s-era Southern California -- on the road, in the truck, out the back, and at the honky tonk.
Scott Law and national banjo champion Tony Furtado team up as a duo calling themselves THE BANJO KILLERS! This collaboration between two of the west coast's finest and most individual musician-songwriters is a side-project with serious mojo. Hurling everything they’ve got including, mandolin, slide-guitar, banjo and an assortment of flatpicks, thumbpicks and fingerpicks at the notion, Tony and Scott recant a vast arsenal of original songs and traditional standards and actually no banjos get hurt in the process.