How long have you been playing?
I have been playing since 1989 when I was twenty one years old. I bought a cheap used Yamaha acoustic guitar from Julie's Pawn Shop in Flint and took Intro To Guitar my senior year at Albion College.
What was the first concert you ever went to?
Beach Boys with parents in 1977 at age 10 at Pine Knob, where I saw hippies on the lawn smoking pot.
What gear do you use?
I use Ovation acoustic/electric guitar and bass, a Weissenborn Hawaiian acoustic lap steel for slide, Hohner harmonicas, a Deagan marimba, Remo djembe, Pearl snare, Olympic hi-hat, LP congas & bongos, and a Little Queen washboard.
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
Neil Young via friend Pete Newman's older brother Kurt's albums. I like Neil because he is a great songwriter, a unique player & singer, great lead guitar player, plays a variety of styles and doesn't try to be too perfect.
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
I've played in bands (Surreal, The Bus Drivers) and duos (Daugherty & Cooley, Cobb & Cooley, Lake Effect and Acoustic Jones w/ Rich Marr) playing mostly blues, classic rock, acoustic rock, folk-rock, punk rock, folk, Americana, reggae and roots. I met most of my early collaborators at The Goodrich Club at Albion College in '89, in the Vail, Colorado area from 89-95, with Rich Marr in both Vail and Michigan, the rest in Michigan from 95 on. I started playing open mic nights, but had a few paying gigs, both as headliners and opening acts, the highlight being the Apres Ski gig at the Sundance Saloon in Lionshead Village, Vail with Steve Cobb. Since moving back to Michigan, some paying gigs with Rich Marr around the Flint area, as well as open mic nights and songwriter groups in the Flint, Detroit, Lansing and Petoskey areas. I do not currently play shows.
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
I would love to jam with Grand Funk Railroad, Bob Seger, Ted Nugent, Elvis, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Band, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, the Grateful Dead, CSN&Y, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Bob Marley and the Neville Bros.
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
The biggest was maybe 300, the smallest 1. Most memorable would be apres-ski at the Sundance w/ Steve Cobb in Vail one night in about 1994 when I was playing lead guitar out of my mind and in the zone for about a 10 minute blues solo and during a break between sets was swarmed by hot chicks complimenting me. This is probably why I still write & record songs, but also why I should probably get up my courage to play live again someday.
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?
Caught In The Act - Grand Funk Railroad
A modern state song for the state of Michigan written and recorded by Scott Cooley. Copyright © ℗ 2014 by Scott Cooley. All rights reserved. Composer/Lyricist: Scott Richard Cooley (U.S. citizen, born 1967, CAE/IPI No. 345.88.02.44).
Scott Cooley - Songwriter/lyrics/guitar
Grand Blanc, Michigan