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Scott Slay and the Rail
Scott Slay and the Rail

Scott Slay and the Rail

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Introduction: The band: Scott Slay and the Rail has been an evolving group in many locations across the US. The band is currently a trio of guitar, mandolin, upright bass and banjo. Please visit my website for video and audio samples as well as a setlist. As you may know, Scott comes from Pensacola, Florida. Influenced early on by bluegrass icons Tony Rice and Sam Bush. Scott started playing their music at folk and bluegrass concerts at festivals in the Gulf Coast. Scott Gives Lessons: Scott has played with: LRB's Sammy Shelor, flatpicker Steve Kaufman, TR3's Dan Martier, Country Singer/HGTV Host Katie Rogers, award winning bassist Edgar Meyer, Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket, and many more. Recently, Scott has been writing music for his first Americana/Folk album and has a total of 20 years of experience playing music for crowds of 3,000+. You can normally catch Scott playing as a solo act, with his band, "the Rail", his collaboration with Sammy Shelor "Big Virginia Sky" and with local and nationally famous musicians. Remember those awards? A few of note include: South AL Fiddlers' Convention: 1st Place Mandolin, 3rd Place Guitar '11 1st Place Mandolin, 1st Place Guitar '10 1st Place Mandolin, 1st Place Guitar '07 1st Place Mandolin, 1st Place Guitar '05 FL Bluegrass Competition:1st Place Mandolin Master's Division '10 32nd annual Rotary Club Fiddlers' Convention: The Rail - Best Vocals '11 The Rail - Best String Band '11 Scott is a huge fan of Chris Thile, The Punch Brothers, Dave Matthews Band, Weezer, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Mumford & Sons, The Last Bison, The Lumineers, M83 Lonesome River Band, John Mayer, Nickel Creek, and Bruno Mars.? Scott loves to play all kinds of events such as hosting open mics, pubs, opening acts, bluegrass jams, pickin' parties, and even hot tub parties. We love creating music and sharing it with those who truly appreciate the art form. Bluegrass is our favorite, but we just love having a goodtime like most folks!

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Exceptional 5.0

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Jennifer G.

Scott provided a 4-piece bluegrass band for my sister's wedding. He was knowledgeable and learned all the songs we needed for the toast and first dances and played them well. He was willing to make changes at the last minute and he was very professional. Great band!
Sep 8, 2017
Jennifer G.

Scott and his group were the best band I've ever hired. They arrived early, provided their own sound, dressed professionally, and kept my party guests dancing all night. I'd hire them again in a heartbeat.
Sep 8, 2017
Anna G.

Scott and his group showed up early to set up for sound check and were really fun to work with. When we had some last minute hiccups at our event during set up, they were flexible and laid back while we figured them out. Once they began playing, our guests kept commenting at what great music we had chosen and how great the band was. Without Scott and his group, our party would not have been as fun or engaging for our guests. I HIGHLY recommend hiring him for any event, big or small. We definitely will be for our next party.
Sep 2, 2017
Jeff P.

Great band! Easy to work with and they were good at taking requests at the last minute.
Sep 8, 2017
Jeff P.

I would hire Scott again in a heartbeat!
Sep 8, 2017
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    I am professional and I only play with other professionals. Therefore my pricing may be higher than others, but it will be worth it. Also if your budget doesn't allow for a full 5 or 6 person band, consider a duo version of the group.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    I like to get a feel for what the client envisions their event looking and sounding like. Then I want to know the budget to help determine how many musicians should be involved with this event. I want to know if it is inside, outside, do I provide sound, what time of day it is, and how long do you want me to play? We then put in writing what the client expects of me and what I expect from the client. Finally we have a good time together at the event and everyone ends up happy in the end.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I have been playing mandolin since I was 6 yrs old. I've won various mandolin, guitar, and bluegrass band competitions. I record and work with bluegrass legends such as Mark Schatz (bassist for Nickel Creek, Tony Rice and more), Sammy Shelor ( IBMA and Steve Martin banjo award winner), and will live up to that kind of professionalism. I also have a BA in Music Performance.

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