Bio

 

 Biography

 

Kevin Scott was born and raised in Dothan, AL, where his career began in
high school as the bassist in his father’s bluegrass band. Although it would
be years before he could play most of them legally, he was soon bouncing
from one gig to the next every weekend on the town’s small but busy club
scene. Kevin showed an early interest in experimental music, and hearing
Colonel Bruce Hampton for the first time pointed his focus to The Colonel’s
base of operations, Atlanta, and the musical possibilities there.

Kevin moved to Atlanta in 2004 and played with a variety of local acts such
as Highly Kind, The Anton Harris Quartet, and The Press. He eventually
caught Hampton’s attention and joined his band in 2009. Touring with
Colonel Bruce for the next three years was a dream come true for Kevin. He
recalls it as a lesson in “killing the ego” and committing fully to the music in
the moment, something Hampton taught by example. Kevin’s tenure in the
band also led to collaborations with legendary drummer Bernard Purdie. He
still counts Purdie as a friend and mentor, and one of his biggest influences.

Since Colonel Bruce’s band travelled mostly on weekends, Kevin kept other
irons in the fire during this time, playing with two more of Atlanta’s most
beloved bands, Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics, and Cloud Eater. He also
continued his interest in experimental/improvisational music by hosting a
weekly jam session at The 5 Spot (now Aisle 5). Unlike most jam sessions or
open mics, the 5 Spot Jam was not genre-based and welcomed all comers.
The Tuesday night jam lives on to this day at Elliot St. Pub, where Kevin
continues to explore what can happen when all types of musicians come
together with no rules or boundaries.

The 5 Spot jam also planted the seed for The Atlanta Funk Society, which
Kevin co-founded and co-leads with vocalist/guitarist Rob Lane. The two
had just finished a gig at The 5 Spot and were sitting in the club’s
unventilated office, dubbed “the conspiracy oven.” iTunes was on shuffle
and they suddenly heard Chaka Khan’s Whatcha Gonna Do For Me. A
“nobody plays this stuff” conversation ensued and by the end of it, the club
owner had offered them weekly gigs to get the project going. A.F.S. has
evolved into a high-powered brigade of the area’s finest musicians,
dedicated to the faithful execution of songs from the heyday of funk, soul,
and RnB.

In 2012, Kevin was offered full-time touring work with Ruby Velle & The
Soulphonics. The band toured throughout the U.S., selling out shows
regularly with notable appearances at The Blue Note in New York, The
Boom Boom Room in San Francisco, and The Telluride Blues Festival. Kevin
appears on numerous Soulphonics recordings including It’s About Time, the
single from which, “Heartlite,” was voted the Starbucks Pick of The Week
on Christmas Day in 2012.

As a studio musician, Kevin has become in-demand in Atlanta’s biggest and
best studios including ZAC Recording, Southern Tracks, and Diamond Street
Studios. Session work has served as a vehicle for Kevin to expand into a
wide array of musical genres. Highlights of his discography include Elektrik
Butterfly, a jazz fusion project led by Grammy-nominated trumpeter Russell
Gunn; Avalanche of Worms, the newest release from metal guitar giants
Emil Werstler and Eyal Levy; and Ambition by hip-hop artist Wale. This
project, on which Kevin performed as bassist and co-writer, reached #1 on
the Billboard hip-hop and rap charts and was awarded a gold record. Kevin
has also done numerous jobs for television and film, including performing
both on screen and on the soundtrack for the movie Jane Mansfield’s Car
starring Billy Bob Thornton.

Kevin is reaching new heights in 2016. He has performed with New Stew, a
nationally touring tribute to the music of Bill Withers, and The Filthy Six, an
instrumental soul-jazz sextet headed by U.K.-based trumpeter Nick Etwell.
Most recently, Kevin’s love affair with improvisational music came full circle
in the form of two opportunities. First, as a member of Jake Peavey & The
Outsiders, he performed at Jerry Garcia Day in San Francisco alongside
special guests Phil Lesh, Jackie Green and Jeff Sipe. Second, he got the call
from another one of his idols, legendary guitarist Wayne Krantz. On the
recommendation of Tim LeFebvre, (bassist for Tedeschi Trucks Band, David
Bowie’s final album, Blackstar, and a regular performer with Krantz), Kevin
made his debut with Krantz’s trio in July at the venerated 55 Bar in New
York, and will tour the US in October. There is also excitement surrounding
Kevin’s new Atlanta-based group, King Baby. He is joined by guitarist and
vocalist Rick Lollar, keyboardist Matt Slocum, and drummer Mark
Raudabaugh to form this veritable super group of Southeastern talent. King
Baby has been performing throughout the region in 2016 while recording
their debut album, set for release in 2017.