Late last year, singer-guitarist Dylan Scott hosted the inaugural Bayou Stock in Sterlington, LA, as a way to give back to his hometown community. The event raised about $30,000 to buy Christmas presents for underprivileged kids.
Scott, who now lives in Nashville, says that growing up in rural Louisiana helped form the musician he is today.
“I grew up in the middle of nowhere,” says Scott. He performs with Seth Ennis at 8 pm. on Friday at House of Blues
. “My dad played music, and he taught me guitar, and we would sing together. I knew from a young age that I wanted to become a country music artist. I never gave up on that dream, and I never thought of anything else. Luckily, it worked out for me.”
At only 18 years old, Scott wound up signing a record deal with the country label Curb Records. He would move to Nashville to cut his first album after he graduated from high school. Scott says that making that first album was particularly exciting.
“I was this young 20-year-old kid,” he recalls. “I went into a studio and recorded it and it was out on iTunes, and you could get it at Walmart. That was the coolest thing in the world. Looking back on it now, I didn’t realize how much work I had to put in between then and now. Just now, we’re really getting going, and it’s seven or eight years down the road.”
For his forthcoming EP, Nothing to Do Town
, Scott says he wanted to write songs about things he’s lived.
“I didn’t want to write anything that I haven’t lived because that’s not true to who I am,” he says. “I grew up in a nothing-to-do town. If you were to drive through it, you would literally ask yourself, ‘What do people do here?’”
A tour stop in a small Iowa town actually inspired the album’s punchy title track that finds Scott giving a shout out to country icon George Strait and singing the refrain “who says there’s nothing to do in this nothing to do town?” over a nasty kickdrum.
“I was on the bus with a couple of my buddies,” says Scott. “We were in a nothing-to-do-town in the middle of Iowa at a NASCAR race of all things. We were walking around that town getting something to eat. One of my buddies said, ‘This is a nothing do town.’ I said, ‘We need to write that.’”
Scott says the live show that’s coming to town features more production than previous tours.
“Every year, we’ve amped our show up even more,” he says. “We put on a pretty high-energy show. Last year, we spent some money on production, and this year we kicked it up a notch further. We’re excited. It’s going to be a fun night.”