Teddy Scott

I like our latest feature, Teddy Scott’s manner of approaching a tune. So much so, it’s going to be the first thing I share with you here: “The first thing that comes to me when I sit down and write a song – is it commercial or personal? If it’s personal, can I make it commercial? How can I take this one song and reach into someone's life and make a difference?” I like that – an artist who knows the creativity comes from him, but wants a method that helps out the people most important to him – his fans. You should check out Scott’s brand of southern rock and country for yourself, described as “rhythm heavy on the low end with bright leads”. Check him out now and keep reading below for the answers to the XXQ’s.

XXQs: Teddy Scott

PEV:How did you first get started in music?

TS: Ive always been a story teller and began early writing poems and singing in church. I always knew what I wanted it just took a little while to get there.

PEV:  How would you describe your sound and what do you feel makes you stand out over the others in your genre?

TS: My rhythm is heavy on the low end and leads are bright. I feel like my music stands out because its straight from the heart and life experiences. Every song I've written stems from something I've lived through.

PEV:  Tell  us how you developed your musical journey.

TS: I started out writing at a young age, poems mostly. When I got older i realized I had a unique style and decided I was commercial enough to try to do this for a living. I started picking an old guitar about 30 years ago so I could put music to my poems.  

PEV: What can fans expect from a live Teddy Scott show?

TS: Hard driving upbeat outlaw country mixed with a few tender love songs

PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you write a song?

TS: The first thing that comes to me when I sit down and write a song is it commercial or personal? If its personal can I make it commercial? How can I take this one song and reach into someone's life and make a difference?

PEV: What is your creative process like?

TS: I try to write my songs in a way that I can picture the video. During the entire writing process,  I'm picturing the entire story in front of me.

PEV: What was the underlining inspiration for you?

TS: I have been through a lot in my lifetime...my music stems from heartache, loved ones lost, hard times and good times. The songs I've written are like a cocktail of emotions. One of the best ways I've found to get through something is to put them down on paper.

PEV: Thinking back to when you first started out, do you ever look back at your career and think about your earlier days and how you’ve arrived where you are today?

TS: Everyday I wish had started this journey at a younger age, but sometimes you have to mature to realize how things have effected your life. I think sometimes that if I had done this when I was younger I wouldn't have the soul in my music I have now.

PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about you?

TS: I love dogs! I have four mutts at home and when the days been rough and things haven't gone my way, there's nothing better than to come home and be greeted by my biggest four-legged fans.

PEV: Was there a certain point in your life when you knew that music was going to be a career for you?

TS:I always knew it would be a big part of who I am, but I also knew it would be a life long journey.

PEV: What one word best describes Teddy Scott?

TS: Honest.

PEV: How is life for you in the music world? Best and worst parts?

TS: Best parts is getting to play my original music live and hearing the applause. Worst part is I am still waiting on that one 'hit' song!

PEV: Is there one area you wish you could travel around and play?

TS: I'm from the South so Nashville, Memphis and Muscle Shoals are close to my heart.

PEV: How have all your friends and family reacted to your career?

TS: I have a wonderful family who's been very supportive. My wife Jennifer has always been my biggest fan. I have a great circle of friends who I can count on to be there and be honest

PEV: What’s it like when you get to play in your hometown?

TS: Oh its great! I've played many gigs locally and its always great to see familiar faces

PEV: What can we find you doing in your spare time?

TS: Sunday is the day you can find  me and my wife hitting the trail for a road trip...no where special just get out there and drive!

PEV: Name one present and past artist or group that would be your dream collaboration? Why?

TS: As far as present goes I would love to write with Jamey Johnson...he is an amazing story teller. Past? Waylon Jennings.....enough said!

PEV: Is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for now?

TS: Chad Bradford, Shelley Bonet and Oakley Smith...awesome musicians and writers!

PEV: If you weren’t playing music now what do you think would be your career?

TS: I'm not sure but I do know I wouldn't enjoy near as much.

PEV: So, what is next for you?

TS: I am currently working on a new CD and planning a country wide tour.

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