Combining grungy bluegrass with hints of rock, country, and jazz influences, The Scott Anderson Band sounds unlike any other band you've heard before. With acoustic instruments they produce excitingly original music that's not afraid to take chances.
In March of 2001 Scott Anderson recorded his first solo project "Rivers" featuring some of his original tunes and some of the finest acoustic musicians on the planet: Wayne Benson, John Cowan, Shelton Feazell, Aubrey Haynie, Jim Hurst, Rob Ickes, Missy Raines, Gabe Valla, Scott Vestal and Darren Wainright. Soon after seeing this project come to fruition, he formed The Scott Anderson Band to bring the songs to life on stage.
Scott Anderson has been a fixture on the Southeastern bluegrass and gospel circuit for almost three decades, singing and playing banjo with the Bluegrass Parlor Band, Endless Highway , The Jim Hurst Band, The Scott Anderson Band, and Keith Sewell among others. He has produced his own critically-acclaimed projects including “Rivers”, Amanda and Scott Anderson’s “Another Day,” and now “Tales from the Swamp” which have all received airplay worldwide. Scott has also performed or recorded with Claire Lynch, Vassar Clements, Larry Rice, Byron Berline, Clay Hess, Chubby Wise, Allen Shadd, Michael Jackson, Bill Grant and Delia Bell, Blue Angel, Chief Jim Billie, George Custer, Sno Rogers and the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra (yes, with a banjo!) Scott has been featured in Banjo Newsletter, and writes for the magazine as well, including articles and interviews with Tony Trischka, Bill Evans, Greg Cahill, Scott Vestal, Cory Walker and Béla Fleck. A native Floridian, Scott was born in Palatka, Florida on January 26, 1965. A self-taught multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter, he is also a clinical pharmacist, a photographer, and a mediocre surfer.
Darren Wainright was born in Jacksonville, Florida on December 10, 1967. An outstanding multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter, Darren plays guitar and sings lead and baritone vocals. Darren started playing banjo and guitar at age 13 and in only 2 years was playing banjo for Hubert Cox and the Southern Grass. He later spent 3 years with the Army before returning home to Jacksonville to earn a degree in political science from the University of North Florida. He has performed with several well-known bands in North Florida including National Flatpicking Champion Allen Shadd, Chubby Wise, Endless Highway, Gentle River, String Fever, and Oak Grove Bluegrass in addition to periodic gigs at Disney World and Universal Studios in Orlando. He has written some great bluegrass and gospel songs, including “Surrounded by the Blues” which he sang on Shadd's solo recording and "Satilla, So Deep" which he sang on Scott Anderson's "Rivers".
Danny Smith is a multi-instrumentalist born in Atlanta, Georgia on June 17th, 1970 then moved to Baxley, in Southeast Georgia at age 4. A Gulf War veteran, Danny enjoys listening to and playing all styles of music. In the mid-90s, while playing lead guitar for the Southern Gospel group 'Gospel Sunshine', Danny stumbled on a bluegrass gospel recording by Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver. Everything changed from that point forward. His musical career has included playing mandolin, acoustic guitar and bass in a variety of bluegrass and new acoustic groups as well as lead guitar in rock, country and Southern gospel bands. Danny currently plays mandolin with the Scott Anderson Band and Gentle River, both based out of Florida, and is the lead guitarist with the First Assembly of God praise band in Baxley, Georgia. To help keep the bills paid, Danny is a computer analyst at a nuclear power plant. In 2011, Danny released his debut CD Crosspicking to critical acclaim and landed several songs from that CD into regular rotation on Christian radio. More information about Danny, including samples of his music is available at www.crosspickingmusic.com.
Jim DiSabito was born in Massachusetts, but spent most of his life in Vermont until relocating to Central Florida in 2011. Jim is an accomplished bassist, guitarist and vocalist. He has worked as both a side man and front man in bluegrass, country, and rock bands and was a founding member of the Vermont based "Bluegrass Gospel Project." He has performed many folks over the years including the Gibson Brothers, Moondi Klein & Jimmy Gaudreau, Chris Pandolfi, Lincoln Meyers, Mark Johnson, and Stan & Dan Tyminski. Jim has been married to his beautiful wife Donna for 23 years and they have 4 wonderful children, two of which currently attend Pensacola Christian College. By day, Jim is the Manufacturing Manager for Farmer Mold & Machine Works Inc. in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Scott muses, “The thing that I love most about this band is that we're just out to make the best music we can make. We all also enjoy many types of music - not just bluegrass - and when some different sound pops into our heads we're likely to use it. But we're also very likely to rip through a very traditional version of a Jimmy Martin tune. And we have really started out from the very beginning with a wealth of our own original material. That's the biggest thing that makes it fun for us and also gives us our own sound. Hopefully we're not going to sound like any other band.”
"I've been very fortunate to become close friends with this bunch of guys. They're great players, singers, and writers, and they're also just plain good guys. I think we all really enjoy being around each other and that makes it even more fun for us. And when a band is really having fun on stage, the crowd can sense that and they have fun too.”
If you're even a slightly adventurous bluegrass fan, come and see a show with The Scott Anderson Band. It's obvious that these guys are enjoying themselves - and you will too.