Wednesday, June 15, 2005
A conversation with . . .
Scott Perry plays just about any kind of
traditional acoustic blues and roots music,
and has plenty of original songs, as well
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How do you describe your sound?
How did you get into playing?
SP: I’ve been playing for about 25 years, since I was a freshman in college. I didn’t really have much musical interest, even all the way through high school. I had gone to college on an athletic scholarship to play football, and found out that college football wasn’t nearly as much fun as I thought it was gonna be, so after my first season I decided I was not gonna continue to play. I suddenly had this block of time that I was not used to having free, and I happened to have a guitar under my bed that I bought back when I was probably nine or ten years old that I had never learned how to play. And I was hanging out with these guys in the dorm that were listening to Taj Mahal, and that was the first music that I had ever heard that made me say "I wish I could play like that." I took that Taj Mahal record and my guitar down to the music department and started knocking on doors until I found somebody who could teach me how to play like that.
How did you get your career rolling after that?
SP: When I was in college. Being the first-born Leo son of an Irish Catholic woman, I kinda had the arrogance to believe that as soon as I learned a couple of tunes I was probably good enough to play in front of people. I used to do coffee houses and little clubs where I went to college, and sometimes I was so desperate for attention I’d go out and play on the street. Just continued to pursue the music, and there followed a gradual increase in pay and quality of clubs.
What brought you to Floyd?
SP: I actually discovered Floyd by accident. My wife and I were ready to look for something in the country to have a place where we could raise our kids. I was touring … and I did a show in
You still tour some, right?
SP: Yeah, when I first came to Floyd I still did a couple tours a year where I would go up and down the east coast. But not as much the last couple of years — especially since I opened The Pickin’ Porch. Which is fine — I certainly will never look back and say "I wonder if I could have," because for the better part of seven years I was a touring musician. At this point I’m pretty happy to stay close to home and just play. I’m able to be more selective with the places that I play.
That sounds like a good place to be. You toured enough to be happy and not have any lingering doubts?
SP: I’d never have any regrets. I’m glad for the life I used to lead, and I’m really glad for the life that I lead now. We’ve got a 40-acre farm in