Scott Law and disorder
BRECKENRIDGE – You come home from dinner on a Tuesday night to find a message on your answering machine. It’s Phil Lesh inviting you to join him for a performance at Red Rocks. You jump, you scream, you call your mom, every one of your friends and the music teacher you had in fourth grade. You try to sleep that night, but all you can do is picture the faces in the crowd, the music and one of the biggest legends in American music standing right next to you on stage.Two weeks later it actually happens: You are holding Wolf, Jerry Garcia’s very own guitar, in your hands and standing in front of thousands of people at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
What goes through your mind in a moment like this? Only guitar player Scott Law can tell.”It was the greatest thrill,” Law said. “The opportunity meant so much to me. Grateful Dead has had the biggest influence on my music, and playing with Lesh actually gave me a whole new perspective on their work.”Two months after this life-altering experience, Law is back in Colorado with his band for a couple of performances along the Front Range and a show tonight at Sherpa & Yeti’s in Breckenridge. Saxophonist Damien Aitken, bass player Dennis Smith, drummer Rich Sellars and keyboard player Asher Fulero complete the lineup. The group has been playing together for a year and a half.
“The bass player and I had played together before, and the drummer and keyboard player had actually known each other for years,” Law said. “Even before forming the band, we had a lot of ‘family ties’ in the music world.”To Law, the artist’s mission is to recognize beauty in things and to communicate it to the world. He defines himself as an optimist but a mindful one. “I can be very cynical too,” he said. “Being optimistic is a choice, but without it there can be no hope.”
In a couple of weeks, the band will be releasing its latest record, which the group has named “Deliver” after the title of the last song on the album. “It is rock and funk, and it is soulful,” Law said.Even if the official release date is September 20, the CD will be available for sale tonight at Sherpa’s. Tickets for tonight’s show will be sold at the door for $5, starting at 9 p.m.
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