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Scott Hopkins Solo CD Features Bluegrass Banjo

Scott HopkinsScott Hopkins completed his first self-titled solo music project on June 8, 2013. The CD features ten original tunes and one cover. Guest artists include Andy Hall, Casey Driessen, Tyler Grant, Bryn Davies, Mike Compton, Luke Bulla, Junior Barber, Jesse Cobb, Dave Bevins, Billy Contreras, Beau Stapleton, Andy Greene, Mat Kane, Sten Isachsen and many others!

He currently plays two banjos: A Deering Golden Era that has that iconic pre-war Bluegrass banjo sound and a Nechville Phantom that has a radius fingerboard for easy playability and a mellower sound because of its wooden tone ring.

"Scott Hopkins seems to be ready to add his name to the growing list of hot young banjo players....Hopkins has certainly proven he deserves to stand with the best instrumentalists in progressive bluegrass, and his debut CD gives fans of hot picking a chance to hear some of the best young players around stretch out and interact on some challenging and interesting new tunes."
— Bluegrass Unlimited

Scott is a banjo player living in the Albany, NY area. He currently plays and sings with Beartracks, a high-energy traditional Bluegrass band with the brother-sister duet of Tom Venne and Julie Hogan, and with entertaining singer songwriter, Jim Gaudet as a member of the Railroad Boys.

He works as a 4-12 grade public school band teacher and received music education degrees from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and the University of Connecticut.

Growing up, Scott's mother, Bonnie, sang and played guitar to him and his two brothers, Derrick and Phillip. His father, Howard, bought a banjo for her to learn but she only rarely played it, so it usually remained in the closet. At age 15, Scott developed an interest in music and began playing the tuba with his high school band and electric bass with the jazz band. And then it happened; Howard was listening to a Flatt & Scruggs recording one day while working on the house and Scott realized that the amazing sounds he heard were coming from a banjo! And there was one in the closet!

Throughout high school, Scott took banjo lessons from local legend Doug Knight while continuing along with tuba and bass. He soon realized that music was his future and decided to pursue a career as a music teacher. Unfortunately, the dream of being a public school teacher and banjo performer would never intersect, so he decided to pursue each in parallel and went to college as a music education major with tuba as his primary instrument. His best achievements in college were winning the Crane Concerto Competition on tuba and spending a summer as a banjo performer at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA.

Shortly after graduating from college, Scott got a call from the Vermont based Bluegrass band, Breakaway, to audition for an open banjo spot based on a recommendation from Eric Gibson. He got the job, and during his tenure with Breakaway, Scott contributed original banjo instrumentals on two recording projects and became an integral part of the band's sound. After moving to the Albany area, Scott started his own Bluegrass band, Fairview Avenue which performed throughout the Northeast. He is now a proud member of Beartracks, Caroline MotherJudge and the Urban Holiness Society, and the Wheelbarrow Boys.

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