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Scott Holstein (b. May 5, 1974) is an American country and bluegrass singer-songwriter.
Holstein was born in Boone County, West Virginia and lives in Nashville, Tennessee. His bluegrass and country music is influenced by Ralph Stanley, Larry Sparks, and Keith Whitley. He writes his own music, and he is a baritone singer.He released his first full length album, Cold Coal Town, in 2011. Contributing artists include Don Rigsby of the Lonesome River Band, Grammy Award winner Randy Kohrs, Clay Hess of Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Aaron Ramsey of Mountain Heart, Jay Weaver, Tim Crouch and Scott Vestal from the Sam Bush Band.
Cold Coal Town, Coal Records, Nashville, 2011
Rough Guide to Bluegrass Vol.2,World Music Network,UK,2012
Scott Holstein made his move to Nashville Tennessee in 2009 from his home State of West Virginia. Holstein surely came armed and ready with his explosive vocals and haunting lyrics. He seemed to be a virtually unknown artist in town but was soon discovered after his epic debut all original album "Cold Coal Town" was first released in spring 2011'. His popularity on radio stations worldwide resulted in a steady rise in the music charts and his album soon became a Top 50 "All Time" Americana album on Airplay Direct. He was the Nashville insiders' "talk of the town" and received critically acclaimed attention from Nashville's most prominent elite including "Hit" songwriter veterans Carl Jackson and Larry Cordle.
Scott Holstein was certainly no rookie by any means ! His past 20 years in the music business as an under the radar sideman gave Holstein a certain unmistakable crafty style and an experienced edge to his music. It was his time to finally step into the spotlight as a recording artist and we are sure glad he did ! A devoted road warrior since his early teens, Scott Holstein knows hard work and dedication. He learned the traits from traveling and performing at Bluegrass shows with legendary iconic figures such as Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley,Jimmy Martin and Dave Evans. to name a few. Keith Whitley most certainly left an indelible mark on Holstein's psyche although he never had the opportunity to meet Keith. He named his "Old Back 40 Band " from an early 1980's "My Home Ain't in the Hall of Fame" album featuring J .D. Crowe and the late Whitley .
Learning the blueprint of tradition from such Bluegrass icons gave Scott Holstein a confidence in his stage presence not seen in today's new Country or Bluegrass artists. He seems to already be legend. Holstein's savvy and uncanny style has to be influenced by many genres and legends of the past. The caliber of the band and music is unsurpassed in any style genre. Scott Holstein gives new meaning to singing from the heart ! Even while doing impersonations of some his favorite country singers, Holstein adds an element or feel to the music almost as if those spirits are are within him.
Holstein found his way through all the clutter in Nashville Tennessee. His music is found on over 40,000 TouchTunes Jukeboxes , sold thru retail giants K-mart, Barnes n' Noble, f.y.e and Best Buy, featured on CMT.com, available in all digital retail including iTunes and Amazon, heard on digital and terrestrial radio outlets worldwide. He has music licensed and published around the globe with recent TV placements coming in 2014. Scott Holstein came to Nashville take the bull by the horns and that he did !
The Americana music scene in recent years has evolved to be it's own genre of music. The acceptance of songwriters, original stylists, bluegrass with drums, blues , acoustic rock and even Jazz music can be deemed Americana music today. The music of Scott Holstein and Old Back 40 Band stay on the cutting edge of this industry. The records produced are nothing short of Grammy award winning material. It doesn't matter if this band does traditional bluegrass or contemporary, traditional or modern country or if their home is in Americana music without boundaries? All we know is Scott Holstein and Old Back 40 Band has proven to be a world class act and one not to be missed. Book this artist you won't be sorry! (NOW ACCEPTING DATES 2014-15' ) -Nashville Talent Group