The Wright Sound, an Intimate Concert Series, will feature Scott Joss with The Sidemen: Kevin Williams, Rick Hobbs, Paul Blackwell and Eric Day, plus a special guest.
Performing live at Pilgrim Congregational Church – the only Frank Lloyd Wright designed hall in the North State.
Singer, songwriter and instrumentalist Scott Joss is a maverick in the country music world. He defies any easy pigeonhole. By turns, he picks a mountain guitar to accompany an ancient ballad, sings a witty song about love and life, plays a sweet melody on violin, swings a hot jazz number, and then reaches deep for a soulful expression of values in a troubled world. He tops it all with a fiddle tune or old Freddy Powers song — all skillfully blended into a seamless flow. One fan said, “It’s music from the heart that hits you right between the eyes.”
Joss was mentored under the likes of Tiny Moore and Merle Haggard and his later affiliation with Buck Owens and Dwight Yoakam, fifteen years recording/touring. Born in Long Beach and raised in Redding, Joss was a native Californian whose roots ran deep. He learned to play fiddle from Jana Jae, the one-time wife and fiddle player for Buck Owens & His Buckaroos. Befriended by one of Bob Wills’ surviving Playboys, Tiny Moore, Joss was encouraged to develop his talent on a professional level after winning numerous California State Fiddle Championships. In 1980, at the age of 18, he got the call from Haggard. His first show as one of the Strangers was at Carnegie Hall. Still a little green, Joss returned to Redding to continue working on his performance skills before joining up with Merle and the band on the road. Leaving the road and Merle after eleven years was a hard decision, but Joss wanted to begin work on a band of his own.
Seven years after signing on with Yoakam, Anderson and respected L.A. producer/engineer/bassman Dusty Wakeman (Rosie Flores, Dwight Yoakam, the Lonesome Strangers, Reach Around) took Joss into the all new Mad Dog Studios to start work on his first solo project. Scott’s album “Souvenirs” was released in 1996 and hit Gavin’s Americana chart with all the force of a fast moving train, landing at number seven. Top cuts included two Jim Lauderdale songs, “Stay Out of My Arms,” a traditional shuffle, and the anthemic “Doin’ Time in Bakersfield.” Also included was one Joss original, “I Never Got Anywhere With You.” Now after eleven years with Merle Haggard, in between tours, he has agreed to play at the Pilgrim church.
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