Oftentimes in today’s music business, labels, artists and even fans can get caught up in genre “purity tests,” where they debate the criteria for what constitutes “real metal” or “real blues” – but the Scooter Brown Band, a group often touted as “real country” will soon bring their modern Americana blend of classic country and hard rock to Royse City on their “Story of My Life Tour.”
“Growing up, I always edged more toward country,” Scott Brown told the Herald-Banner. “But I also liked a lot of Southern rock like Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Marshall Tucker Band also, Charlie Daniels and Led Zeppelin. I have lots of influences.”
Like many singer-songwriters, Brown’s songs tend to be either autobiographical or are inspired by his observations of others.
“‘American Son’ is pretty much how I feel in general,” Brown said of the title track off his most recent album – a song sporting a Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Chile” like groove and guest vocals by Charlie Daniels. “I’m a live and let live kind of guy, just don’t step on my toes.”
“‘Pistols and Pearls’ is about me and my wife and ‘Georgia’ was inspired by a friend, and they don’t even know the song is about them,” Brown said. “I’m a people watcher and listener.”
In addition to being recognized as the Rocky Mountain Country Music Awards’ Male Vocalist of the Year for 2019 and receiving high praise from the likes of Travis Tritt, Jake Owen and Shania Twain on the USA Network’s “Real Country,” Brown is also a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and served in Iraq in 2003.
In an effort to give something back to his fellow veterans, Brown is also co-founder of Base Camp 40, a non-profit organization that organizes hunting trips and other outdoor activities for combat veterans.
“It’s just a way to give vets a chance to get away from everything and where they’ll be with friends who are there to support them,” Brown explained.
As a veteran, Brown also regularly recognizes those who have served or are currently serving in the military at his shows, and always performs “Valor,” a song he started writing with “American Sniper” Chris Kyle shortly before his death, and was first performed at Kyle’s funeral in 2013.
“Toward the end of the set, we do a toast to vets and active duty military,”Brown said. “It’s just a thing we always do.”
Brown’s other interests and life goals include getting into acting and fiction writing.
“I would really like to get into small-role acting – I think I could play a biker, a viking or something,” he said, laughing. “It’s one of the things on my life list. I don’t call it a bucket list. I never acted in high school or anything, but I’ve always liked John Wayne movies, and thought I’d might like to try it someday.
“I’d also like to write a book,” Brown continued. “I like survivalist-type stuff, apocalyptic-type adventure, where people have to fight to survive.”
It may be a while before Brown has an opportunity to pursue those other goals, though, as his music career shows no sign of slowing down any time soon.
After the Scooter Brown Band’s show at the Southern Junction in Royse City on Saturday, July 6, they still have another two and a half months worth of touring and are looking forward to their first performance at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville on July 30.
The doors of the Southern Junction will open at 6 p.m. Saturday, and the concert will start at 10:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at bit.ly/2xhJxOW, and costs range from $10 to $60.
“Come on out. If you like country, you’ll probably dig it and if you like rock, you’ll probably dig it,” Brown said.