Scott Slay and the Rail has been an evolving from FL to VA, over the last 4 years. The band is currently a trio of guitar(mandolin), upright bass and drumset. Scott provides the guitar and mandolin work along with orginal material, acoustic covers, bluegrass and vocals. Dale Lazar serves as the percussionist and his brother Stephan Lazar is the bands bassist. If the money is right the band has access to adding additional solist including, banjo, violin, dobro, lap steal guitar, electric guitar and even saxophone.
As you may know, Scott comes from Pensacola, Florida. He started playing mandolin when he was six and traded practice time for He-Man action figures from his father. He picked up guitar shortly after and began playing to impress girls. Influenced early on by bluegrass icons Tony Rice and Sam Bush. Scott started playing their music at folk and bluegrass concerts at festivals in the Gulf Coast.
As he grew older, his experience in music began to gain some variety. Scott began playing with bands in the south including the well-known highway 99, a bluegrass band in the Florida-Alabama region. As he grew older, he threw electric bass into the mix and started playing at festivals and competing in both fiddlers' conventions and bluegrass competitions. He won a stack of awards for his mandolin playing and guitar skills, and after playing a while with the Dog River Boys, he put himself through college giving lessons to the young and old.
Eventually, he stumbled upon the opportunity to play with a lot of very talented musicians to include:
LRB's Sammy Shelor, flatpicker Steve Kaufman, TR3's Dan Martier, Country Singer/HGTV Host Katie Rogers, award winning bassist Edgar Meyer, Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket, and many more.
Recently, Scott has been writing music for his first Americana/Folk album and has a total of 20 years of experience playing music for crowds of 3,000+.
You can normally catch Scott playing as a solo act, with his band, "the Rail", his collaboration with Sammy Shelor "Big Virginia Sky" and with local and nationally famous musicians such as Karl Werne, Grand Ole' Opry's Charlie Austin, Singer/Songwriter Logan Vath, Electric Blues & Dobro master Ben Lassiter, James Adkins, and IBMA nominee and The Likely Culprits' front man Brandon Bostic.
Remember those awards? A few of note include:?
South AL Fiddlers' Convention:
1st Place Mandolin, 3rd Place Guitar '11
1st Place Mandolin, 1st Place Guitar '10
1st Place Mandolin, 1st Place Guitar '07
1st Place Mandolin, 1st Place Guitar '05
FL Bluegrass Competition:1st Place Mandolin Master's Division '10
32nd annual Rotary Club Fiddlers' Convention:
The Rail - Best Vocals '11
The Rail - Best String Band '11
?Scott is a huge fan of Chris Thile, The Punch Brothers, Dave Matthews Band, Weezer, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Mumford & Sons, The Last Bison, The Lumineers, M83 Lonesome River Band, John Mayer, Nickel Creek, and Bruno Mars.? Scott loves to play all kinds of events such as hosting open mics, pubs, opening acts, bluegrass jams, pickin' parties, and even hot tub parties.