The Wright Sound: Country’s Scott Joss Plays Pilgrim Church

Frank Lloyd Wright's Pilgrim Congregational Church

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.

What: The Wright Sound
When: Saturday, September 10, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Pilgrim Congregational Church, 2850 Foothill Blvd, Redding, CA 96001
Cost: $30 (click here to purchase)

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2 Responses

  1. adrienne jacoby says:

    . . . and ANOTHER Redding educated success story in the music world. Scott's music is seamless and flowing . . . . but the the writer above forgot to mention is wicked sense of humor!! Looking forward to a wonderfully fun concert.

  2. Adrienne Jacoby says:

    In the seventh grade it was already obvious that there was something special there . . . just a cut above the rest of the string class. A diamond in the rough we call it. By high school he was being polished by the old time fiddlers and by the Norm Stevens band and in no small part by a great old guitar player, Roy Warmack. Well, let me tell you this diamond is no longer in the rough. In a platinum setting of Pilgrim Congregational church, Scott Joss was a fully faceted and polished diamond with refractions glinting off his old time fiddle tunes, his original tunes, and covering Freddy Powers and Dwight Yokum. and, oh yes, How about fiery swing that took off with tunes that included Lady Be Good, Sweet Georgia Brown and Exactly Like You. Then, just when you thought you'd seen the final sparkle, here was the Shadow of Your Smile and closing with somewhere Over the Rainbow. Originally well known in the area for his fiddle playing, tonight his tasty guitar chords and rich baritone certainly came into their own. Assembling a fabulous and versatile band of musicians that paced him chord for chord made the two and half hour concert feel more like an hour. . . . DO IT AGAIN, SCOTTY!!!

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