Rick Scott, a former drummer with the country super group Alabama, has signed on to serve as the creative director of the newly created Seanic Group based out of St. Marys, Ga. This past week I was privileged to play keyboards as well as sing backup for his new solo CD. The producer and engineer for the project is Nick Petta, former producer for SUN Records. Working with these two has been a real honor.
Scott, who has more than 30 million units in sales as a songwriter, has numerous works to his credit including the massive number one song “Why Lady Why” which was included on Alabama’s first album release “My Home’s In Alabama” in 1980. That album is a Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) Certified Multi-Platinum project and Alabama went on to be named the RIAA Country Group of the 20th Century.
Besides working with Alabama, Scott has worked with numerous country artist such as, David Allan Coe and Earl Thomas Conley. For a couple of years Scott was also a writer for House of Cash, owned by the legendary Johnny Cash.
“I remember this particular day Johnny called me, “says Scott, “and asked me to come down to the office. After a short visit Johnny asked to hear a few tunes. That day he cut two of my songs. Funny thing though, it was 25 years later before they were released to the public. One is on the latest CD, “Out Among The Stars.”
Scott, originally from Covington, Ky., said he started playing drums when he was very young. “I started playing drums at around four or five years of age. I knew early on it was strictly music for me. But it was mainly just my listening and learning all the time.”
This weekend Scott is involved in a local Songwriter’s Festival in St. Mary’s, Georgia. The Songwriter’s Festival will take place from 10am – 6pm on Saturday, September 20th at the St. Mary’s Waterfront Park. This will be a great time to come out and see live music at a superior outdoor venue. Several genres of music will be covered during the event, so that everyone can enjoy the day.
Music festival admission is free with shopping opportunities from vendor booths from 10am – 6pm. With the purchase of a $3 alcohol event wristband, beer and wine will be available to attendees through 5pm for consumption inside the St. Mary’s Waterfront Park.
For festival information contact Jerry’s Lees Music Emporium at 912-576-4401. For area information call the St. Mary’s Welcome Center at 912-882-4000 or VisitStMarys.com.
After the festival the music continues with “Back from the Brink” Starry Nights Music in the Park from 6pm – 8pm. Bring lawn chairs and blankets for use throughout the day.