Scott Napier checks in

Scott NapierWe heard yesterday from Scott Napier, one of the busiest guys in bluegrass music. He’s currently playing mandolin with both Marty Raybon & Full Circle and Lost and Found.

He tells us that the next CD from Lost and Found is nearly finished, with only final mixing and mastering remaining.

Scott is a long-time student and great admirer of the mandolin legacy of Dempsey Young, the band’s original and only mandolinist until his passing in December of 2006. Dempsey had a unique and memorable style, and his playing was as definitive of the Lost and Found sound as Allen Mills’ distinctive voice.

Scott described the experience of finishing the new project as bittersweet.

“Recording with the Lost and Found was a huge honor for me. I was extremely happy, but also a little sad. Dempsey’s on exactly half of the tracks and I’m on the other half, so it was like having him in the studio with us. His Hutto mandolin would fill up the room during playbacks.

I also play a Hutto mandolin, and I used the same RE-20 microphone that he has recorded with since the mid 80’s, the same engineer and studio (Otis Lynn Dillon, River Track Studios), and a very supportive band to work with (Allen Mills, Ronald Smith, and Scottie Sparks).

Dempsey used to tell me ‘Play it your own way. That’s the only way people will remember you.’ “

This new CD will be on Rebel, with a late summer/early fall release anticipated at this point.

Scott also shared a story about the late Art Stamper (the renowned old time fiddler), a memory prompted by seeing one of Art’s favorite fiddles being offered on eBay.

“Art was a musical treasure who loved to play. He played that fiddle at our wedding in ’04 not long before he passed away. He wasn’t too keen on playing The Wedding March, so I told him to play what he wanted.

He played Sweet Hearts Forever as my wife Melinda walked down the aisle. I kept asking him the name of the tune because I didn’t want to forget it.

So the first stop on our honeymoon was at an antique shop to get a souvenir for our log house, and as we walked in, Sweet Hearts Forever was playing through the store.

Gotta be a good sign… and I did learn that melody.”

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.