Bio

 

Multi-instrumentalist Scott Cooper is a veteran of the San Francisco Bay Area music scene. Though best known for playing rhythm guitar in the popular Grateful Dead tribute the China Cats, Scott is has his hands in multiple projects simultaneously. His own band Scotty & the Barrelmakers showcases his songwriting in a jam band setting. Scott's solo debut "A Leg Trick" (2012) reached #5 on the jam band radio charts, despite no label or publicity support. He has been playing bass with Bay Area jam band the Gary Gates Band for over decade and plays on Gary's heralded CD "San Gregorio General Store" produced by John Nowland (Neil Young, Jewel). Scott’s other current projects include bluegrass combo The Intangibillies, as well as performing solo and duo gigs. An in-demand sideman, Scott has also worked with the Banana Slug String Band, Stu Allen, Jim Lewin, as well as members of the Doobie Brothers, Jefferson Starship, David Grisman Quintet. Scott has performed with Donna Godchaux (former singer for the Grateful Dead) and Melvin Seals (Jerry Garcia Band).

A native of St. Louis, Scott began his music career as a drummer backing blues legends such as Johnny Shines and Luther Tucker, as well as regional artists Robert Lowery and Lady Bo (Bo Diddley's lead guitarist). Then he played in a band called Mean Business with Ben Ellman (later with Galactic) and Luca Fredericksen (later with Wolfman Washington). After that, he played in Little Danny & the Rollercoasters with Rusty Zinn and Marc Carino, later of the Fabulous Thunderbirds. In the 90s, he worked with a popular jam band called Deep Blue Sea, where he honed his songwriting craft. From there it was on to play with Relix Records jam band Stackabones, where Scott eventually moved from behind the drums to playing bass, and contributing original material. Scott has since recorded three CDs with Stackabones, on which he plays drums, bass, guitar and keyboards. 

When he's not gigging or recording his prolific repertoire of original material, Scott teaches guitar at UC-Santa Cruz. Scott has also worked as a sales rep for Drumskull Drums, music journalist for the NY Times syndicate and LA Times syndicate, blues deejay at KUSP, new age deejay at KLRS, Program Manager at KSCO and Editor for OnRadio, supplying CD reviews, music news and artist interviews to radio stations' web sites.

DISCOGRAPHY:-        
Charlie Tweddle, Greatest Hits (1999)     
Al Frisby, The Piggies Are Dying (1998)      
Stackabones, Cathy Ann (1996)         
Stackabones, This Ribbon of Highway (2005)         
Stackabones, The Wax Still Drips (2011)        
Gary Gates Band, Live at the San Gregorio General Store (2008)         
Scott Cooper, A Leg Trick (2012)      
Scott Cooper, Jack of All Trades (2013)
Gary Gates Band, La Honda Fair/Pescadero Arts & Fun Festival (2014)
Scott Cooper, Batik in Blue (2015)

 "Girl In the Garden" reaches #3 on CDBaby's Jam Band charts! (3/21/12)

"A Leg Trick" reaches #5 on jam band radio charts (March, 2012)