July 27 Happy Birthday to Scott Napier

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.

About the author

I enjoy researching Bluegrass, Bluegrass Gospel, and Country birthdays, anniversaries and interesting trivia dates. I am a piano/organ performance major who has taught privately and served as church accompanist since 1968 in North Carolina and Central Kentucky. Although classically trained, I appreciate all genres of music. My mother, who was also a church musician and taught public school music grades K-12, knew that Bluegrass music was the purest American music. She always introduced her students to this fine genre and began my musical studies with her at age 2. Bach to Berachah Valley, Mozart to Jimmy Martin, Sibelius to Stanley Brothers, the list goes on, I hope you find some moments of enjoyment and learn a few interesting facts along the way.
I am thankful for the many resources we have at our fingertips including Google. FaceBook and BluegrassBios by Wayne Rice. It was he who inspired me to tackle the task of trying to pass on knowledge about Bluegrass music. Thanks Wayne~!
Lou Ellen Wilkie

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