Addam Scott, the musician, not the actor, talks to Calvin about his latest CD, San Diablo. He discusses the concept of conflict that runs through the CD and how he likes ““I like to move forward that contradiction and show the best of who we are as people and the worst of who we are as people.” He discusses his musically formative years in Wyoming where he learned equally from the hippie Rainbow Family and the cowboys on the ranches. He says, “there’s such a zest for life on one side and a subdued dignity on the other.” Scott also talks about the yearly charity event he helps put on for the Boys and Girls Club of Long Beach which features music, raffles, and an “80 proof Santa.”
Recap of Interview with Addam Scott about San Diablo
Addam Scott talks about the roots music in the Long Beach / Los Angeles area and how there’s a thriving roots music scene that hasn’t reached out to the rest of the country yet.
Addam Scott talks about the idea behind his CD, San Diablo, is centered around “conflict.” Even the title highlights the conflict translating into “saint devil.” “I like to move forward that contradiction and show the best of who we are as people and the worst of who we are as people.” He also wanted to make a record that is a “little bit smarter than what we hear on pop culture radio.”
Addam Scott sets up a song he wrote with Brian De Den called “Gallows.” This song was written a few years ago when he was in El Paso. It was 1:00pm in the afternoon. He was looking across into Juarez. You’d think it would be a bustling community that time of day but all they saw walking around were little clumps of people dressed in black. It was during one of the worst months of the drug wars down there. He wrote this song to personalize the story that of someone who might have gotten involved in the drug war and might not have made the best decisions at the time.
[Calvin plays “Gallows” from the Addam Scott's CD, San Diablo.]
Addam Scott says that song had a lot of Marty Robbins in it and he was thinking of a cinematic kind of song.
Addam Scott talks about his earliest recollections of music was playing records at his grandparents house where they played Willie and Waylon. As he got older he moved into Townes Van Zandt and Kris Kristofferson. Has respect for Dwight Yoakam and Buck Owens. Addam Scott says that at some point we’re going to see a Buck Owens biopic that shows what an innovator he really is. Addam Scott also talks about Merle Haggard as being one of the local artists he pulls from.
Addam Scott sets up “Good News.” He says this song as about what’s good comes from what’s bad. And what’s bad comes from what’s good.
[Calvin plays “Good News” from Addam Scott's San Diablo CD.]
Calvin asks about the beer hall group sing song he has in some of his songs. Addam Scott says they deliberately tried to create a song people would like to sing along with. He’s not adverse to get people who just happen to be in the studio to come in and sing the chorus. He talks about the need to write choruses that are easy to sing along to to give people the confidence to do it.
Addam Scott talks about his musically formative years. He grew up in a small desert town called Apple Valley, California. He says its mostly known for “tumble weeds, meth labs and bikers.” After finishing high school, he had a buddy whose uncle owned a brick yard up in Wyoming, went thereto work for the summer. But the job fell through after they got up there. So he ended up in Jackson Hole. He lived out of his car for the summer and worked odd jobs. He hung out with the hippie group, The Rainbow Family. He was hanging out in the heartland of America, living with the cowboys out there juxtaposed with the hippies that were staying there. He met different musicians in town and some hippies taught him some chords on a guitar. He’d listen to cowboy songs on the ranches. He says he learned about music equally from the cowboys and hippies. “there’s such a zest for life on one side and a subdued dignity on the other.”
Addam Scott sets up “California.” One of the jobs he’s done over the years is truck driving. He says people don’t realize how hard the work is. While he was growing up, truckers were super heroes and movies were made of them. Addam Scott says that over time there’s been a growing disdain for manual labor and blue collar labor. So we wrote a song to pay tribute to it the truckers.
[Calvin plays “California,” off Addam Scott's CD San Diablo]
Addam Scott talks about his charity, Honky Tonk Christmas. Originally it came from a guy named Jerry Zinn another country music artist. It’s a yearly Christmas show to raise money for the Boys and Girls club of Long Beach. They make it “just a little bit off from classy.” They bring in thousands of Christmas lights and you can get your picture taken with Santa. But it’s an “80 proof Santa.” They get a bunch of bands to play and they raffle off prizes to raise money.
Addam Scott talks about his next project. He spends half his time promoting the current record and half his time working on his next CD which will be more of a three instrument arrangement with vocals.
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