Scott Bomar

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Scott Bomar
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Background information
Born June 15, 1974 (1974-06-15) (age 40)
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Genres Soul / Jazz / Blues / Soundtrack / Americana / Funk
Occupations musician, composer, music producer, recording engineer
Instruments Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion
Years active 1993 to Present
Associated acts Electraphonic Recording
Impala
The Bo-Keys
The City Champs
Al Green
Cyndi Lauper
Calvin Newborn
Willem Maker
Jay Reatard
Jack Oblivian
The Tearjerkers
Craig Brewer

Scott Bomar (born June 15, 1974) is a Memphis-based musician, Emmy Award-winning film composer, Grammy-nominated music producer, and recording engineer.

Early years[edit]

A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Bomar was introduced to music at an early age, aided by his mother's record collection and regular exposure to Memphis' legendary musicians.

Impala[edit]

Bomar's music career began in the early 1990s. Impala, consisting of guitarist John Stivers, saxophonist Justin Thompson, drummer Jeff Goggans, and Bomar on bass, gained national prominence on the strength of their debut album, El Rancho Reverbo, co-produced by Roland Janes. They signed with Estrus Records.

Following the release of Kings of the Strip, Impala toured relentlessly, appearing at a slew of garage rock festivals (including Garage Shock, Sleezefest, Crap Out, and Dixie Fried) and alongside guitar legends Dick Dale and Davie Allen and the Arrows.

Over the past decade, Impala has been featured on numerous occasions in film and on television, most notably for their arrangement of Henry Mancini's "Experiment in Terror," which appeared in the Chuck Barris biopic Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. The band's current lineup includes trumpeter/keyboardist, former Bobby "Blue" Bland sideman, and Bo-Keys member Marc Franklin.

The Bo-Keys and Al Green[edit]

Bomar gained individual prominence playing bass for legendary Stax artists such as Rufus and Carla Thomas, Eddie Floyd, William Bell, Sun Records pioneer Rosco Gordon, and Motown session guitarist Dennis Coffey, both in studio session and on the road.

In 1998, he formed The Bo-Keys, a Memphis soul/funk group featuring former Stax/Volt, Hi Records and Isaac Hayes session players Skip Pitts, Howard Grimes and Ben Cauley.

Following the success of The Bo-Keys' critically acclaimed album, The Royal Sessions, Bomar was asked to serve as assistant engineer on Al Green's comeback album, I Can't Stop, which was nominated for a Grammy in 2003. In 2005, Scott re-joined producer Willie Mitchell to record Al Green's Everything's Okay.

In 2005, The Bo-Keys performed on the film and soundtrack for Hustle & Flow as well as the Paramount/Nickelodeon animated feature Barnyard, directed by Bob Oedekirk. Three years later, they appeared in the film Soul Men, performing on-screen with Samuel L. Jackson and Bernie Mack. The group also added three songs to the film's soundtrack (produced by Bomar), including Anthony Hamilton's "Soul Music," which was nominated for a Grammy in 2009.[1]

The Bo-Keys have performed at various festivals, including multiple appearances at The Ponderosa Stomp, London’s Barbican Performing Arts Centre, and Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Nights Swing Series.

Collaborations with Craig Brewer[edit]

In 2005, Bomar composed the score for Craig Brewer's award-winning film, Hustle & Flow. Touted as Memphis soul meets hip hop, Bomar's work on the film has received much critical acclaim.

Bomar's collaboration with Brewer continued in 2006 when he served as Executive Music Producer and Composer for the film Black Snake Moan. In preparation for the recording process, Bomar took Brewer and lead actor Samuel L. Jackson on a road trip through Mississippi, during which the trio met with a slew of blues musicians, working to parlay classics like "Stackolee" and "Black Snake Moan" into modern sinister laments. Upon returning to the studio, Bomar enlisted musicians rooted in Memphis, including harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite, and The North Mississippi Allstars, the contemporary blues/rock group of Jim Dickinson and his sons Luther and Cody. He was later joined by the stars of the film, Samuel L. Jackson and Christina Ricci, to record songs subsequently performed on screen.

Bomar served as producer with Brewer on the MTV New Media series "$5 COVER" in 2009.[2]

Recent Accomplishment Notes[edit]

Bomar recently won an Emmy for "Best Original Music" for the documentary, I Am a Man: From Memphis, A Lesson in Life.

In 2010, he co-produced and engineered Cyndi Lauper’s Memphis Blues at his Memphis studio, Electraphonic Recording. The album spent 13 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Blues chart and was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Traditional Blues Album category.

Bomar serves as President of the Memphis Chapter of NARAS.

Bomar returned to film in 2010 as Producer/Composer of the soundtrack for Losers Take All(currently in post production), which was recorded at his Electraphonic studio.[3]

Filmography (Partial)[edit]

  • Losers Take All (2011), Composer
  • I am a Man: From Memphis a Lesson in Life (2009), Composer and Main Title Producer for “I am a Man” // EMMY WINNER
  • $5 Cover: Memphis (2009), Producer and Composer
  • Soul Men (2008), Producer on “Private Number,” “Memphis Train,” and “Soul Music”
  • Gospel Hill (2008), Composer and Music Supervisor
  • Black Snake Moan (2007), Executive Music Producer/Composer
  • Barnyard: The Original Party Animals (2006), Producer on "Kick It"
  • Hustle & Flow (2005), Composer - Original Score
  • Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002), Producer on "Experiment in Terror"

Discography (Partial)[edit]

  • The City Champs, The Set-Up - Producer and Engineer (Electraphonic Records)
  • Cyndi Lauper, Memphis Blues - Producer and Engineer (Downtown Records) // GRAMMY NOMINATED
  • The City Champs, The Safecracker - Producer and Engineer (Electraphonic Records)
  • Jay Reatard, Watch Me Fall - Engineer on “I’m Watching You” (Matador Records)
  • Soul Men: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Producer on “Private Number,” “Memphis Train,” and “Soul Music” (Stax/Concord Records) // GRAMMY NOMINATED
  • Black Snake Moan: Music From the Motion Picture - Soundtrack Album Producer (New West Records)
  • The Bo-Keys, The Royal Sessions - Producer and Mixing (Electraphonic Records) // W.C. HANDY AWARD NOMINATED
  • Calvin Newborn, Newborn - Producer and Mixing (Yellowdog Records)
  • Al Green, Everything's OK - Assistant Engineer (Blue Note Records) // GRAMMY NOMINATED
  • Al Green, I Can't Stop - Assistant Engineer (Blue Note Records)
  • Mark Lemhouse, Big Lonesome Radio - Producer and Mixing (Yellow Dog Records) // W.C. HANDY AWARD NOMINATED

See also[edit]

  • Beifuss, John. "Movie with the Memphis Sound," The Commercial Appeal, 3 April 2008.
  • Callaghan, Dylan. "Up and Coming Composers," The Hollywood Reporter, 19 April 2005.
  • Donahue, Michael. "Moan Music Man," The Commercial Appeal, 21 October 2005.
  • Lisle, Andria. "Sam in the Studio," The Memphis Flyer, 7 September 2005.
  • Lisle, Andria. "Two Worlds Collide," The Memphis Flyer, 4 November 2005.
  • Mehr, Bob. "South by Southwest: Tennessee Heats Up Texas," The Commercial Appeal, 13 March 2008.
  • Morris, Chris. "Brewer's Moan Howls North Mississippi Blues," The Hollywood Reporter, 30 November 2006.
  • Olsen, Mark. "Back to Memphis, This Time Making the City Moan," The New York Times, 11 February 2007.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mehr, Bob. "News in the Arts: Stax-infused film 'Soul Men' premieres Friday", The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, 31 October 2008.
  2. ^ Lisle, Andria. "$5 Cover: Craig Brewer", The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, 26 April 2009.
  3. ^ Beifuss, John. "Real Memphis musicians lend talents to fictional band for movie to film here", The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, 11 February 2010.