Scott Kurt

Scott Kurt grew up in America’s Rust Belt, and the grittiness of his roots is evident in every aspect of his music. From his debut album, “Ragged But Right,” recorded with his band Memphis 59, to his first solo effort “Down This Road,” he captures the essence of hard living, hard work and hard times in deeply personal lyrics delivered by a whiskey-tinged barroom voice wrapped up inside a whole lot of full-tilt country-rock guitar. 

From Tool City, USA to Music City, USA

His latest single, “American Man,” (written by Kurt and songwriting partner Jon Manitta) is an anthemic tribute to Scott’s son-of-a-factory-worker beginnings. “My home town (Meadville, Pennsylvania) was known as Tool City, USA,” he says. “Before the industry started dying out in the 80s, it had more tool and die shops than anyplace else in the U.S. ‘American Man’ tells the story of what it was like from one man’s point of view when one of those factories closed down – from how to tell his wife to hearing his father’s voice in his head telling him, ‘you just can’t keep a good man down.’” 

It’s a reverence for telling the stories of a small town way of life that drew Scott to country music. “Nashville turns out great songs, with catchy hooks, sure – but the best of them tell great stories. When you close your eyes, and listen to the lyrics and that movie reel in your head starts turning - that’s what I want my songs to do for people.” 

His songs have earned Scott comparisons to legends like Steve Earle, Tom Petty and George Jones, as well as multiple Washington Area Music Association nominations, and opening slots for some of country’s biggest and brightest stars, including Dierks Bentley, Kip Moore, Easton Corbin, Frankie Ballard, Joe Nichols and personal idol Radney Foster. Scott currently resides in Sterling, Virginia, and fans can see him perform regionally at venues like Hill Country D.C., The Hamilton, The Fillmore and The State Theatre.