About The Band

As it began, over 30 years ago, it would have been impossible to imagine the path it would take. From boondock bars to Carnegie Hall Scott Keeton’s career has placed him on stage before proletariats, and politicians. Brandishing his signature sly smile and sizzling guitar style Keeton has approached each show with equal fervor, but it wasn’t until he began his work with experiential music performances for geriatric patients that Scott discovered the true power of music.

Born in 1968 Scott Keeton grew up in the less than affluent south side of Oklahoma City. Raised primarily by his grandparents Keeton was heavily influenced by his grandmother’s love for music which ranged from Merl Haggard to opera. In an interview Scott once said “nobody in the house spoke Italian or German, but she loved to listen to them sing” Her eclectic taste in music would later dictate Scott’s ability to mesh with musicians from any background.

Every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. When Scott was 17 trouble at home and a new found dedication to playing music professionally gave him the motivation he needed to wander out on his own. He began playing in punk bands around the Oklahoma City area. Too young to be in the bars he would often have to wait in the kitchen until time to perform.

Trying to find his place in the world Scott would often go back and forth between OKC and NYC until eventually deciding to move to Los Angeles.

Still in his teens Keeton signed a developmental deal with Geffen Records. It was the 1980’s and Hair-Metal was the only thing being produced in Los Angeles. Searching for his own voice he wasn’t quite sure where he fit in, but he knew it wasn’t in spandex and hair spray. After a few failed attempts to sway Geffen Records Scott eventually moved back to Oklahoma City in 1989.

When he got home he discovered the world outside of Los Angeles was making a move away from Hair-Metal. Fans were looking for music that offered more sincerity. This afforded Scott the opportunity to experiment with Blues.

Scott joined the band The Ringos Of Soul. The band’s popularity was like an explosion: instantly awe inspiring and just as quickly over. One day the band was touring with The Black Crowes and in discussions to work with Rick Rubin. The next day the members were going their separate ways. Though the experience was short lived it gave Scott a chance to be recognized within a greater music community.

Soon thereafter when Blues legend Bo Diddley needed a guitar player he was given Scott Keeton’s name. The two met, and performed together. Impressed by Keeton’s vast musical knowledge Bo brought Scott onboard and the two continued to perform together for ten years up until Diddley’s death.

Approximately the same time he met Bo, Scott’s band “Scott Keeton and The Deviants” was earning attention in their own right. Garnering a deal with the British based Blues label JSP Records he released the album “100 Mile Blues” in 1999.  The album did well charting in Europe and receiving heavy radio airplay in America’s underground Blues scene.

Working non-stop Scott performed over 280 shows per year with The Deviants while also doing a large number of shows with Bo Diddley and other projects as they would come along. Keeton refers to these years as the ketchup packet tours: a large amount of work for a small amount of money.

His work ethic and musical prowess earned him a reputation as the go to guy if your project needed help. Scott became accustomed to playing the large stage of arenas one night and then playing no stage on the floor of a small bar the next night. Both were equally comfortable for Keeton, but neither would prepare him for the next stage of his career.

One night in Omaha Scott was approached by a fellow musician. He was asked if he would be willing to do a performance for extended care patients. Eager to help Keeton later admitted that initially everything about the gig seemed unfamiliar to him. An article at the time quoted him as saying “I didn’t know what to expect. I had never played for people that weren’t drinking, screaming, or fighting. But the truth is the response we received from that performance was the most sincere response I had ever seen. People’s entire demeanor changed. They were smiling and dancing… It was very cathartic.”

Profoundly moved by the experience Scott knew this was something he had to do more often. Working it into his hectic schedule he decided to go back to school. Taking much longer than the average student Keeton eventually earned a Master’s degree in psychology.

Meanwhile the touring never stopped. The world of working musicians is a lot more closely-knitted than you might think. People talk and it doesn’t take long to learn who is reliable and who is not. In the year 2000 Monty Python’s Eric Idle began putting together musicians to perform what he would later call “The Greedy Bastard Tour.” Being the primary song writer for Monty Python he wanted to tour and perform music from Python’s movies and TV series. Assured Keeton was the right man for the job Idle offered Scott the position of lead guitarist.

Afterwards when Eric took this show to the next level and transformed it into the Tony Award winning Broadway production “Spamalot” there was no question who would be playing lead guitar. Scott has been with Idle since the first show, and the two still perform together as the occasion will arise.

Today Scott Keeton is constantly recording both his own music and engineering albums for other musicians. He tours a lot less. While still doing over 100 shows per year he now focuses more on his work in education and on his family. He stated “Family is most important. I now make that my first priority.” But his work ethic hasn’t changed. Occasionally teaching music business classes Scott now influences a new generation of musicians. As a college professor he uses his years of experience to help the students get started in the music industry all the while continuing to expand his work with extended care patients via experiential music performances for senior citizens.

When asked what to expect next in his career Keeton stated “Some people wait for opportunity. I prefer to create possibilities. I never know what to expect next, but I always know it’s going to be great.”