From Michael Scott Bates
Michael Scott Bates is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter from central Oregon. A true old soul, song-writing activist and simply, a freight train of southern rock and blues. There is truly no limit this man won't go to guarantee recording and producing the upmost quality of his music. He is the epitome of a music lover.
"I began writing songs in my second year of high school due to being apart of a class called Americana, where we were required to compose and complete a song every two weeks. This quickly forced me into a habit of playing guitar and writing lyrics as well as singing every single day. I fell in love with performing and expressing myself in the form of songwriting. I then became addicted to learning every instrument that struck a chord with me. I first began by learning to play the drums and acoustic guitar. Mainly by collaborating with other artists inside and out of my class. Now, Over eight years later and a degree in Instrumental performance, I am currently fluent in guitar, bass, piano, mandolin, percussion, and singing with a strong focus on the slide guitar and harmonica. My roots in Blues and Rock n' Roll began when I was 17 starting with my personal discovery of Led Zeppelin which then quickly evolved towards more traditional influences such as Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, and The Band. After leading a rock band for three years called, Naked Gypsies , I am currently rolling solo and have now written over sixty original songs and specialize in recording and mixing my own recordings. In which I also perform all of the instruments as well as shoot and edit my own videos! I love and appreciate music as well as the life I was given and the path I have chosen to take. I am beyond blessed."