Happy Birthday to Scott Napier, born July 27, 1977 is a native of Hazard, Kentucky. Scott began his professional career in 1996 with bluegrass legend Larry Sparks. There were many highlights in his 10 years as a Lonesome Rambler which include, a tour of Japan, The 4th of July Celebration at the Washington Monument, A Prairie Home Companion, Alison Krauss and Friends Special on G.A.C., a mandolin endorsement from Gibson and numerous appearances on The Grand Ole Opry.
Scott was a member of the house band on many episodes of the PBS series Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour which is filmed at the historic Kentucky Theater in Lexington, Ky.
He spent a year touring with Dale Ann Bradley, appearing with her on The Grand Ole Opry, as well as her 2006 release – Catch Tomorrow – Compass Records.
He was then recruited by Grammy award winning artist Marty Raybon, touring the country, playing a heavy schedule of bluegrass and country music. More appearances on the Opry, a bluegrass Caribbean cruise, and he received a 5 string electric mandolin prototype from Weber, and recorded a bluegrass/country album – This That and the Other in 2009.
One of Scott’s major influences, mandolinist Dempsey Young, passed away in December 2006. “I was honored and humbled to get a call from Allen Mills of the Lost and Found, asking if I could play those first shows after Dempsey’s passing. Then shortly after was asked to help finish a recording which contains Dempsey’s last work. The finished c.d. “Love Lost and Found,” 2
Scott is now a mandolinist with The Lost and Found and Assistant Professor at the Hazard Community & Technical College Kentucky School of Bluegrass & Traditional music where he provides instrumental instruction, primarily mandolin and guitar, as well as music composition.