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Scott Napier Joins Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music Faculty

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Scott Napier and Dean OsborneScott Napier of Clay City and a Hazard native is the newest faculty member of HCTC’s Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music (KSBTM) where he will provide instrumental instruction, primarily mandolin and guitar, as well as music composition.

Scott has an 18-year career as a professional bluegrass and traditional music musician. His performance career began in 1996 as a member of the famed Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers band. As a Lonesome Rambler, he experienced numerous highlights including a tour of Japan, July 4th Celebration at the Washington Monument, a Prairie Home Companion radio program, and a major motion picture soundtrack recording. His musical career includes several audio recordings and Grand Ole Opry appearances.

Dean Osborne, KSBTM director, noted, “I am extremely pleased that Scott Napier is joining our faculty. He is a true professional and has extensive experience on stage and in the studio, as well as the respect of his industry peers. That professional combination will give our students a tremendous resource toward being successful in the bluegrass industry.”

Napier is happy about the facility where he’ll be teaching. “The KSBTM is a state-of-the-art facility settled in the heart of where so much of this music has flourished. I see talent everywhere here.” While he will continue to perform professionally, he’s quite excited about the chance to teach. “After nearly 20 years of touring and recording and teaching along the way, I feel that it’s time to give back to the music industry, and further develop and advance bluegrass and traditional music in every way possible.”

Napier has recorded with various performers including Bobby Osborne, Alison Krauss, Rhonda Vincent, and The Whites, including touring, recording and Grand Ole Opry dates with IBMA award winner Dale Ann Bradley and Grammy award winner Marty Raybon. He was also a member of the PBS Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour house band and participated in a bluegrass Caribbean cruise which included both performances and teaching mandolin workshop classes.

Napier has also toured Israel as a member of the Mike Scott Band, taking bluegrass and gospel music to that part of the world. He currently tours and performs with the Lost and Found, filling the role left vacant after the untimely passing of his mandolin hero, Dempsy Young.

Anyone interested in enrolling for KSBTM’s spring semester can call (606) 487-3499.

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