legend of Scotty "Boy"
McCoy was born when,
after many years of avoiding it, I finally embraced my Southern
roots. Although I spent many years playing music and writing songs,
it wasn't until I found my "country voice" that
things really took shape for me as an artist.
grew up in the hills of east Tennessee listening to bluegrass and
classic country. My parents though were more into the modern rock of
the day like the Cowsills,
Blood, Sweat &
Williams, and Herb
Albert & the Tijuana Brass.
A big influence on me was a collection of my mother's 45's
that I found in my grandmother's basement. She had a lot of
"Sixteen Tons" by Tennessee
Ernie Ford, "Love
and Marriage" and "High Hopes" by Frank
Sinatra, and "Splish
Splash" by Bobby
I started buying my own records, I would get the K-Tel compilation
records with all the hits of the day. Funny songs I remember were
"The Streak" by Ray
Stevens and "I
Don't Like Spiders and Snakes" by Jim
Stafford and David
Ding-a-ling" by Chuck
Berry, and "Purple
People Eaters" by Sheb
Wooley. My first two
real albums were Lynyrd
and Seals & Crofts
a budding teenager I became a big KISS
fan and shortly thereafter a Led
Zeppelin and Black
Sabbath devotee. As I
got more into the "sound" of records I was fascinated
with the production on the REO
Can Tune a Piano, but You Can't Tune a Fish
album and the Journey
album produced by Roy Thomas Baker. I also really admired Billy
Joel and Elton
John and Bernie
songwriters. When I decided to play guitar, (just like the song
says) my dad bought me a "How To Play the Blues" book and
record by B.B. King.
with all that variety of musical influence, it really took me a long
time to find my own style. But when I did, I started looking for
musicians for whom the blues, country, rock & roll, and heavy
metal resonated. Also, noting how historically it was the combination of styles
that really seemed to change the musical landscape, I decided to
combine the new country voice I had with my favorite music; rock and metal.
I ran two ads. One was Johnny
Cash meets Metallica
and the other was Jerry
Lee Lewis meets
merger of contrasting styles was what became the band 1880.
Paul Jacques came on board as lead guitarist and producer and
totally embraced the concept. We put out two CD's Guilt
Train and Ride
which the local critics loved, and we actually sold quite a few
overseas. However, this project was perceived as Southern Rock in
the US, and, at that time, it was very out of fashion.
both he and I wanted to play music, and though we couldn't get
more than about 15 people to come see an 1880
show in L.A., when we learned a night's worth of old country
tunes and some early Sun Records rock & roll classics, we
suddenly found ourselves getting paid to play. We called this
project the Moonshine
Mountain Boys (MMB)
after a band name Paul used for a banjo tune he had written and
did quite well
playing at the House of Blues, winning a Battle of the Bands contest
at the Whiskey-a-Go-Go, getting on the Jesse James show Monster
Garage and being
picked for the KZLA Valentine Cruise with Shawn Parr. However, Paul
always used to say he didn't want to be a human jukebox, and,
indeed, that's generally what it means to be in a cover band.
both Paul and our drummer at the time, Gary Patterson, left the
project. The bassist Tommy Dean and I decided to forge ahead as the
Barbed Wire Boys
(BWB) which was inspired by a hatband that Tommy had.
we enjoyed a fair amount of success becoming regular weekend warriors
at the biggest country dance clubs in Los Angeles including Cowboy
Country in Long Beach CA, InCahoots in Fullerton CA, and the Brandin'
Iron in San Bernardino CA. Amazingly, we were getting to the point where we
were able to play almost half the night doing my original songs.
by this time, we had been at it for almost ten years, and, try as we
might, we just couldn't seem to get to the proverbial "next
level". Everyone in the band was getting frustrated, and so we
decided to let it go.
seeing the writing on the wall, I decided to go back to school and
get my Master's Degree. Although, next to my family, my first
love is and will always be music, because my dream never took off, it
meant I had spent the same amount of years that I had pursued music
doing the 9 to 5 to support myself.
me, the best part of the MBA program turned out to be the last class
Strategy. We were required to play a business simulation game
against the other teams in the class. At some point in the process
of preparing for this assignment, it dawned on me how much I already
knew about business from all the years I had spent playing music.
This moment of enlightenment is what inspired me to write my book How
to Run Your Band Like a Business.
always a musician first, I spent the summer of 2010 recording some of
the songs BWB
had yet to record. Additionally, since Paul owned the masters of all
my old songs, I've been slowly re-recording all those songs as
well. I am in the process of releasing some new songs, new versions
of some of my old songs, as well as all the songs I recorded with the
Barbed Wire Boys.
younger son Matteo is turning seven this year, and I don't want
to miss out on any more of his life. However, I am contemplating
playing out soon and look forward to seeing all my old friends and
fans and, hopefully, making some new ones. Thank you all for your
support and enthusiasm over the last ten years. I am not as
possessed by my dream as I once was, but I still love music and
recording and performing. I am making this music for me, but,
hopefully you'll like it as well. It is indeed my
art. I have been very privileged to have played with such talented
musicians and been embraced by such enthusiastic fans.
the bottom of my heart, gratefully - Scotty
my initial posting, it has occurred to me that I left numerous
important influences out of my…”influences”
including ZZ Top, James Taylor, Carol King, Heart, and Aerosmith. I
am a huge U2 fan. I love Sting and Peter Gabriel. Thanks to
Tara Frye, I paid very close attention to The Cult, The Cure, Talking
Heads, The The, and Sisters of Mercy. I will never forget seeing
Stevie Ray Vaughn on New Year’s 1986 at the Fox Theater in
Atlanta and missing Randy Rhodes with Ozzy in Knoxville,
Tennessee in 1982.