May 14 Happy Birthday Mike Scott

Happy Birthday Mike Scott, born May 14, 1962, is a professional entertainer, band leader, singer, songwriter, producer and TV host. He has been performing professionally since the age of 10.
Mike Scott has over 450 performances at the Grand Ole Opry since moving to Nashville in 1983. He first took the stage with his banjo at the age of 10, being from the small town of Watauga, TN, nestled in the mountains of East Tennessee. He now leads Mike Scott & The Nashville Band, performs with Ronnie Reno & The Reno Tradition, and can be seen regularly on ‘Reno’s Old Time Music Fest’ TV Show airing on RFD TV weekly. Mike is host for Rural Rhythm Records TV Show “Behind The Dream” on Blue Highways TV.
After being offered jobs with Grand Ole Opry Stars “Bill Monroe & The Bluegrass Boys” and “Jim & Jesse and The Virginia Boys” at age 15…Mike continued to perform regionally until he graduated high school in 1980 with area local bands in East Tennessee…The Rocky Mountain Boys (1972-1973), The Tennessee Bluegrass Four (1974-1977), and “The Cumberland Mountain Boys” (1978-1979). At age 18, he joined “Carl Story and The Rambling Mountaineers” (The Father of Bluegrass Gospel) for two years. He then joined Jim & Jesse at The Grand Ole Opry February 4, 1983 for nearly four years. He had an acoustic Bluegrass & Country record deal in the works with Randy Tallmadge (RCA) as Mike Curb (Curb Records) in 1990 & 1991 including Nashville’s top studio musicians (Carl Jackson, Stuart Duncan, Steve Turner, Gary Smith, Bruce Bouton, Emory Gordy Jr., & Brent Mason)and featuring vocals by Emmy Lou Harris and producer Carl Jackson. Mike later performed from 1998- 2006 with “Big Band” sensations “Danny Davis & The Nashville Brass” and “Boot Randolph” on many select road dates as wells as performing at their Nashville home base theater…”The Stardust Theater” on Music Valley Drive, Nashville, TN entertaining six nights per week. Mike still enjoys occasional road dates and Grand Ole Opry performances with Jesse McReynolds and The Virginia Boys…Jesse carrying on the legacy since the passing of Jim McReynolds in 12/31/02 From 1986, Mike has also continued to travel nationally & Internationally with his own group “Mike Scott & The Nashville Band” to present, as well as performing nationally with “Ronnie Reno and The Reno Tradition”.
In connection with Singing News Magazine and The Solid Gospel Radio Network, Mike was nominated as the 2011 ‘New Artist of the Year’ by the Front Porch Fellowship Bluegrass Gospel Awards Association.

Mike Scott and his wife, Brenda, are Owner-Operators of The Grand Inheritance in Gallatin, Tennessee. This Stately Plantation is located within Gallatin, Tennessee on nearly 20 acres (privately gated and fenced) and serves for multiple event venues (weddings, reunions, business meetings, birthdays, showers, holiday parties, music events, etc). It was built during the period of 1790 to 1794 by Major David Wilson, a Revolutionary Officer and a Surveyor by trade. Wilson, a native of Pennsylvania, came to Sumner County while it was yet a part of North Carolina. As payment to settle this territory, Wilson was issued nearly 40,000 acres in Sumner County, Tennessee and Wilson County, Tennessee (named in his honor). It was at this location in Gallatin that he built his southern mansion. Four layers of brick encase the original two-story section of the house, but in the attic of the original two-story section, there is evidence of an age and time never to return as buffalo hair can be seen sprouting from the mortar.
Wilson was elevated to a leadership position early in frontier times of the Sumner Territories and was appointed first a Magistrate (1787), a Justice of the Peace, Commissioner, a representative to the Convention to ratify the Constitution of the United States (1788) and finally the first speaker of the Territorial General Assembly (1794). Once Tennessee was established as a State and Sumner as a County, David Wilson was appointed the first Registrar of Sumner County. Because of his strong associations, it is believed that such guests as Andrew Jackson, Daniel Smith, and others who are forefront to early history frequented the home. The home served as one of the first Pony Express routes and was used as a planning headquarters during the Civil War.
Mike and Brenda Scott purchased the home in 2002 and did significant renovations, complimentary to its origin. In 2006, the Governor of Tennessee honored the Scotts with a House Joint Resolution (No. 758) honoring them for their renovation and preservation of the historical property. Since the property had never been named, the Governor asked if the Scott’s would like to name it. Mike and Brenda chose “The Grand Inheritance” in honor of their forefathers, both naturally and spiritually (Ephesians 1:11-14). The House Joint Resolution is displayed in the foyer of the main entrance.

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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