Scott McIntosh spent several years of his nomadic early childhood in Houghton, Michigan, before finally settling in Racine, Wisconsin. There, a summer of clarinet lessons at age 9 led to taking up alto saxophone in the school band at age 10, followed by years playing in concert bands, jazz bands (alto, bari, flute), drum corps (french horn bugle), marching band, pit orchestra, taking music theory classes and even some piano lessons.
Sometime during his high school years he decided to investigate stringed instruments and spent some of his meager wages on a cheap mandolin, followed by an acoustic 12-string guitar and a hollow-body electric bass. By the time he left high school—to spend one semester as a music education major, playing tenor sax in jazz band, bass clarinet in concert band, 12-string guitar otherwise—his musical identity was a big blur. It remains so.
Scott played his first gigs as a bass player in Mississippi but really settled into that role during the years he spent in southeast Minnesota. Cover bands, all-originals bands, an improv collective, more new instruments, and projects using tape and sequenced synthesizers kept him busy there until additional relocations and dislocations put playing-out on hold for a decade. Back at last in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula, Scott discovered a thriving local music scene that he’s been part of since 2004.
Some favorite albums:
Allman Brothers Band, At Fillmore East
Can, Future Days
Toumani Diabaté, Djelika
John Fahey, Death Chants, Breakdowns & Military Waltzes
Herbie Hancock, Maiden Voyage
King Crimson, Larks’ Tongues in Aspic
Quicksilver Messenger Service, Happy Trails
Patti Smith, Horses
Ralph Towner, Solstice
Robert Wyatt, Rock Bottom