Scott Dawson is a happily married father of three and a traditional country music singer/songwriter with aspirations of singing on the Grand Ole Opry.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
In college my friend and I had a Saturday afternoon ritual of walking 5 miles to the record store called "Headstones". On one particular outing I was contemplating purchasing the new "Loverboy" album when my friend gently put the album back in the rack and proceeded to hand me a copy of "Meet The Beatles". He calmly said "Try this". When we got back to the dorm, I placed the LP on the turntable and from that moment on I knew I wanted to be a songwriter/recording artist.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career? The craziest moment in my music career was having the opportunity to meet some of the most prolific, successful songwriters in country music: Harlan Howard, Max D. Barnes, Mickey Newbury and Hank Cochran as they were filming a video entitled "A Songwriters Seminar" at Hank's house in Nashville.
What has been the high point of your music path? As negative as the Covid pandemic is, I was able to reach countless people who are now fans of my music by singing on Facebook Live. As a result, I have two facebook fan clubs who are encouraging me and helping me to reach my goal of singing on the Grand Ole Opry.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like? My songwriting process is completely unpredictable and usually strikes when I am totally preoccupied with multiple tasks at hand. Completely frustrating. I will pull out my phone and write down a lyric or a melody idea and hope to remember the tune in my head for when I have some free time to develop it. Sometimes ideas come from noodling on the piano or strumming my acoustic. Other times it is a song title or an opening line that inspires me.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be? The biggest challenge for the indie artist is developing a fan base all on your own. This is where I've found Facebook live to be invaluable.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why? Along with my originals, I sing a lot of Eagles tunes on Facebook live. I have this fantasy of receiving a facebook message from Don Henley telling me that one of my fans sent him a video of me singing "Lyin' Eyes"and that Glenn's son, Deacon Frey, was leaving the Eagles to form his own band and would l be his replacement. Wow! How cool would that be?
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show? I perform solo or sometimes with a pedal steel guitarist. My rehearsals are my daily Facebook live posts.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it! "80 Miles To Nashville" was my greatest challenge. Even though it is a country song, I wrote it on the piano. It is full of major 7th chords which is unusual for a country song but once recorded with professional musicians I think it works well.
What's coming up in the future? My future includes continuing to grow my fanbase by continuing to sing on Facebook live.
Tell us where fans can access your music? CDbaby, Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora and iHeart Radio Connect with Scott on Facebook
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