Consummate musician and songwriter, Scott Law embodies the ideal of the steel-string guitar master. This Portland, Oregon-based string-bender is widely known by audiences and fellow musicians alike for his original tunes, articulate phrasing, silvery tone and knack for raising the energy level and musicality of any collaboration. Besides his work as a bandleader, career highlights include being chosen by bassist Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead to play Jerry Garcia’s "Wolf" guitar at a Red Rocks Amphitheater benefit event, his longtime stage and songwriting partnerships with The String Cheese Incident and his association with legendary fiddler, Darol Anger.
Scott Law’s songs and story-like solos come straight from the heart of rhythm & blues, vintage country, bluegrass and rock'n'roll, melding contemporary life experience with deep musical heritage. Fluent in both acoustic and electric genres, Scott’s alternately chiming and grinding melodic concept bears favorable comparison to the greatest innovators and practitioners of American Guitar. Scott is a fearless improviser, lauded as a brilliant and versatile instrumentalist who has earned himself a dedicated following by constantly evolving his craft and delivering a different show experience with every performance.
Law plays and sings with conviction and abandon when leading his own groups on electric guitar. He is also a reverent Telecaster picker with the all-star native “California Country” collective BROKEDOWN IN BAKERSFIELD, featuring TIM & NICKI BLUHM and members of ALO. On the acoustic guitar, Scott lays down earthy, toneful grooves with flat-picking, fingerstyle, slide and open-tunings in solo, duo or larger format string band lineups like the BANJO KILLERS! with TONY FURTADO or his work with DAROL ANGER’S REPUBLIC of STRINGS.
Scott released two albums of his own in 2012; an all electric, 5-song live EP “SCOTT LAW REUNION BAND” recorded in his hometown of Portland, Oregon and a second full-length studio album entitled "Just Passin' Thru" with String Cheese Incident guitarist Bill Nershi, and Jilian Nershi under the name HONKYTONK HOMESLICE (SCI-Fidelity Records). Scott’s solo album, "Living Room" came out in February 2009 on his own label, Volcano Underground.
Law has scored and performed music for film and television, including an original song for the CBS primetime feature "Viva Laughlin" in 2007 and soundtracks for 2 full-length documentaries by The Columbia Land Trust and Tom's Of Maine. Scott has played on numerous studio albums with other artists and is a dedicated and experienced music educator, teaching at various workshops, schools, camps, festivals and private sessions each year.
As a well-traveled artist in an extended musical community, Scott has appeared with numerous and varied acts of note, including Phil Lesh & Friends, The String Cheese Incident, Peter Rowan, Tim O'Brien, The Travelin' McCourys, Leftover Salmon, Danny Barnes, Crooked Still, Aoife O’Donovon, The Mother Hips, Railroad Earth, Melvin Seals and many others.