Scott McCall - lead guitar
Hometown: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Influences (bands): The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Band, Brian Eno, Big Star, classic Memphis soul and many others
Influences (guitarists) James Burton, Keith Richards, Robbie Robertson, Lindsey Buckingham, Neil Young, Ry Cooder, Daniel Lanois, Marc Ribot and many others
Favorite guitars: Fender Telecaster through a Fender amp for a classic country/honky tonk sound or a Gibson Les Paul-style guitar played through a Vox amp for a warmer, soulful R&B or classic ‘60s British pop sound. Scott holds an encyclopedic-like knowledge of the guitars and amps that many of his musical influences have used, even down to a song-by-song knowledge of equipment on Beatles recordings.
Previous Bands: Scott, formerly of Chapel Hill’s Two Dollar Pistols, joined Tift Merritt’s touring band for the last show of 2007 in Raleigh, NC, well after the completion of the recording of Another Country. He has played, and continues to play, with many of the musicians who have made up the Raleigh/Chapel Hill scene, including Kenny Roby of Six String Drag, Matt Oberst of Sorry About Dresden (a "casual one-off" as Scott describes it), and--currently--Joe Romeo of Carrboro and the Orange County Volunteers. Scott joined Two Dollar Pistols for their Fall '99 tour, after the Pistols and Tift had released their duet EP. Tift and Greg Readling were touring their own material and would join the Pistols for 2 or 3 songs a night from the duet EP.
The first music that captured his attention as a kid: Scott’s dad played a lot of classical music around the house when he was growing up. His dad bought him a Fisher Price record player and records by the early Beatles, the Everly Brothers, Chuck Berry, and Little Richard. He later discovered the Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young and The Band, among many many others.
Historical or Current Public Figure who is a inspiration: Michael Chabon, author of The Wonder Boys and Kurt Vonnegut. Scott finds inspiration in the phrasing and artistic process of these writers and translates that into his music.
Life Motto/Guiding Principle: Be honest and genuine
Alternate Occupation: writer or journalist
(bio sketch based on interview by Matthew Wester, 2008)
For the low-down on the Scott sound, check out this cool little piece from Indy Week by Grayson Currin:
Here's the link to the original on Indy Week'ssite (reproduced here by permission).
photo by Forrest Smith, 2008