Multifaceted artist Scott Law is an accomplished guitar master, singer-songwriter and recording artist operating at the very highest level of his craft. Hailed as an “esteemed flatpicker” by Acoustic Guitar, Law is equally reverent and inventive on steel strings whether in a lead or supporting role.
Law’s versatility on the guitar ranges from the flatpicking school of Doc Watson, to the hardcore country pickings of Clarence White, Albert Lee and Don Rich, to the electric blues of Mike Bloomfield, while also giving a feel and fluidity reminiscent of Jerry Garcia.
A not-so-secret weapon sought after for his distinctive ability to elevate the potency of any collaboration, Law is a fearless improviser. His original songs and story-like solos come straight from the heart of rock, rhythm & blues, country and bluegrass, granting him the creative latitude to constantly push the envelope and deliver an unforgettable experience.
Law has performed with an array of bluegrass, American roots, rock and jam band luminaries including Phil Lesh & Friends, longtime musical accomplices The String Cheese Incident, Darol Anger, Tim & Nicki Bluhm, Tony Furtado, The Mother Hips, Crooked Still, Peter Rowan, The Travelin' McCourys, Leftover Salmon, Danny Barnes, Railroad Earth, Jerry Joseph, Melvin Seals, Brokedown in Bakersfield and many others.
Law is also a dedicated and experienced music educator, teaching at various 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.