Scott Keever is a solo guitarist and composer, with influences as far ranging as Celtic, Balkan and American folk music. With a focus on fingerpicking, Scott also blends in elements of blues, jazz and classical music into his work, creating a sound truly his own. There are no boundaries to the world of music as far as he is concerned. He is just as comfortable on classical guitar as he is playing slide on a steel body Amistar. His stylistic range can be plainly heard on his 2018 solo album “Solo Guitar: Vol. 1” featuring original guitar compositions, with a focus on his work with open tunings and both nylon and steel string guitars.
Scott studied guitar at the University of MN (Minneapolis), and Amala School of Romany Music and Culture (Valjevo, Serbia). Scott graduated with a B.A. in Music from the U of MN – School of Music, where he focused on Composition, under the guidance of Alex Lubet and Doug Geers.
As a soloist, he has opened up for Pat Donohue, and has performed at Celtic Junction, Chateau St. Croix, The Veranda Lounge, The Minnesota Centennial Showboat, and the Weisman Art Museum. Tracks from his 2018 solo album have been played on KBEM 88.5FM (Minneapolis: www.jazz88.fm).
To hear Phil Nusbaum’s interview with Scott Keever:
Scott Keever Plays and Combines International Musical Traditions on Guitars
In addition to his solo performances, Scott plays guitar, tambura and percussion for Orkestar Bez Ime (OBI), an award-winning Twin Cities band that specializes in Balkan Dance Music.
He has also performed as a guitarist for a number of Twin Cities ensembles, including: The Sweet Colleens, (Celtic/Americana), Cats Laughing (rock/folk), and Pirates of Dreamtime (ambient/electronica).
In 2013, Scott was a contributing performer on resophonic slide for Natalie Nowytski’s album “Amerikana”, alongside Jim Parker (Mother Banjo), Adam Kiesling and Peter Ostroushko. In 2017, he produced and contributed guitar parts to singer/songwriter Michael Matheny’s posthumous album “El Dorado”.
Scott has been involved in numerous theatrical productions. He has been a music director for Brave New Workshop, and has worked with Comedy Suitcase Productions. He has appeared onstage for Troupe America Inc. productions “Ring of Fire: The Life of Johnny Cash” and “Country Roads: A John Denver Tribute”. He has also been featured in productions with Flying Foot Forum (“Alice in Wonderland”, “Heaven”) and Ethnic Dance Theater (“40th Anniversary Celebration”).
Photos by Ben Zvan.