Up until February 2013, I hadn’t been on stage playing and singing since 2004, when I was 16 and back in my hometown at the First Baptist Church of Baird, TX where my family was involved with the praise and worship leadership. I absolutely dreaded being in front of people and having to sing and play made that fear even worse. After I completed my bachelor’s degree in 2010 from West Texas A&M I began working back home on my 4th generation family farm and ranch. While there I began writing songs and it got to the point where I had so many I finally said the hell with it and decided to share them. I then confronted my fear at an open mic night at Bar 14 in Abilene, TX and on my second appearance a lead from a local band asked me to come play a few of the songs I’d written during their breaks the next night. After that I became more and more comfortable from other acoustic gigs I started performing in the area and now here I am in the Big Bend area playing with a band, working on my songs and enjoying every minute of it. I currently live in Valentine where I enjoy the peaceful surroundings and the inspiration that comes from its ever present sense of freedom for imagination to grow. I can’t say enough about the wonderful people I have met so far out in this area and especially in Marfa.
Steve Sorg: drums and percussion
Steve joined the Blan Scott Band in the summer of 2014, bringing over forty years of drumming experience along with him when he moved to Alpine from the SF Bay Area in 2012. He took his first lessons in the sixth grade and played in the school marching band and orchestra through junior high, and then went on to play in a number of cover/dance bands for several years until he moved to Alpine.
“The adjustment from rock drummer to more of a country drummer has been a fun and challenging experience. I really enjoy Blan’s songs and the stories they tell, and I find inspiration in trying to develop suitable beats and fills that compliment his compositions.”
Steve credits a decade of lessons with Joe Santoro at the South Bay School of Music Arts in Milpitas, CA, for many of the tools in his drumming toolbox. His influences include Steve Gadd, Carter Beauford, Clyde Stubblefield, Stanton Moore, and Buddy Rich.
Pete Westfall: guitars and vocals
Pete studied music at the University of California at Davis and has played with a number of musical combos in and around the tri-city area, including the Big Bend Jazz Consort, The Transpecos Blend (bluegrass and Irish), and Bryon Garrison and the Rainmakers (rockabilly). You can also find him frequently at Harry’s Tinaja in Alpine, jamming on the patio or playing with a pick-up group on the plywood stage. Pete likes a wide variety of music, including jazz, bluegrass, folk, country, rockabilly, old time rock and roll, and incorporates it all in his playing style. His main guitar inspirations are Jerry Garcia and Joe Pass. According to Pete, “playing Blan’s originals is the best part of being in this band. Blan’s music has such strong melodic and rhythmic hooks, it is fun to craft guitar parts to match. Plus, there is always room for improvisation. And it doesn’t hurt that his lyrics are so good!”
Tom Lehr: bass
Tom has held down the bottom end in several Big Bend area bands through the years, including Marathon Manhorse and SoCoNoCo. Previously he played in bands in the Baltimore-D.C. area. An avid fan of classic Memphis soul and New Orleans funk, Tom likes to bring as much funk and soul to country music as he can get away with.