Bullet Backstory with Scott McMahan


East Tennessee’s Own Scott McMahan returns to the Blue Plate Special on Saturday June 17th. Scott McMahan blurs the lines between Soul & Folk, Country & Rock. Honest and direct, he sings of longing, loss, and the hope of redemption. His warm, gritty baritone is at times weary and emotion-laced, bringing to mind artists like Otis Redding and Van Morrison. 

In the meantime, enjoy this Bullet Backstory from Scott himself. He was gracious enough to answer our questions for this regular feature on the WDVX blog.

Take it away Scott!

  • Biggest musical influences? Soul music – Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Gladys Knight, Al Green, Bill Withers | Folk / Singer Songwriter – Tom Waits, Gillian Welch, Shawn Colvin, Darrell Scott, Jonathan Byrd, Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt
  • What made you decide to pursue music as a career? I have failed at literally everything else and music is the only thing that kinda makes sense.
  • What advice do you have for young musicians who are trying to hone their craft? Be fearless in cultivating self growth. Embrace whatever it is that makes you different. Professionalism goes a long way, be true to your word.
  • What’s your favorite thing to do in Knoxville? WDVX Blue Plate Special followed by lunch at Sweet P’s Downtown Dive.
  • If you could work with any musician (living or deceased) who would it be and why?
    Deceased – Ray Charles because it just does not get any better than Ray, he was the best.
    Living – Darrell Scott. Darrell may be my favorite living musician. I’ve opened for him several times and he never fails to amaze. He may be the most gifted singer / songwriter / instrumentalist working today and he’s just the nicest guy in the world.
  • Anything else you would like to share? Favorite WDVX memory, etc? There are so many great memories of WDVX for me. I’ve been lucky enough to play the Blue Plate maybe 20 times over the years and I’ve shared the stage with some amazing artists, Darrell Scott included just a few months back. Hearing my new record on WDVX for the first time is something I will always remember, WDVX has always supported me and no matter where I go I take WDVX with me.