July 27 Happy Birthday Scott Napier

Happy Birthday Scott Napier born July 27, 1977 from Hazard, KY is an instructor at HCTC’s Kentucky School of Bluegrass. A native of southeastern Kentucky, Scott Napier 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 also a member of the house band on many episodes of the PBS series Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour, filmed at the historic Kentucky Theater in Lexington, KY. He spent a year touring with IBMA award winning female vocalist Dale Ann Bradley, appearing 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 and playing a heavy schedule of bluegrass and country music. More appearances on the Opry, a bluegrass caribbean cruise, recieved a 5 string electric mandolin prototype from Weber, and bluegrass/country album – This That and the Other have kept Scott busy in 2009. One of Scotts 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 Demseys passing. Then shortly after was ask to help finish a half done recording which contains Dempseys last work. The finished c.d. Love Lost and Found 2009 on Rebel Records will always be a highlight in my career.” You can also find Scott on many studio recordings for several artist. He has released his first solo project “ALL OUT FRONT.” Guest include Bobby Osborne, Dale Ann Bradley, Don Rigsby, Marty Raybon, Michael Cleveland, Clay Hess, Kent Blanton and more.

A link about Scott Napier’s mandolin skills;
http://bluegrasstoday.com/tag/scott-napier/

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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