Jim Scott (producer)

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Jim Scott is an American record producer and audio engineer, best known for his large body of work as an engineer, and his work as a producer with American rock bands Tedeschi Trucks Band and Wilco.

Scott has worked as engineer with a range of other rock music artists, including Dixie Chicks, Tom Petty, Sting, the Rolling Stones, Crowded House, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lowen & Navarro, Jack's Mannequin, Ron Sexsmith, The Mastersons and many others. Scott won a Grammy Award for engineering Tom Petty's Wildflowers, mixing the Foo Fighters' One By One, doing engineering work on Santana's Supernatural, and getting three Grammys for his work on the Dixie Chicks' Taking The Long Way. He also mixed Matchbox Twenty's "More Than You Think You Are" which reached a no. 6 on the US Billboard 200 and had two Top 10 singles on the US Hot 100.

In 2013, he participated in the movie Sound City, by Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters),[1] along with many others such as Paul McCartney, Butch Vig, Neil Young and Tom Petty. The movie was about the Los Angeles studio and its Neve recording console, as well as its many visitors over the years.

Early years[edit]

Scott grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. He was a drummer and singer in a few high school bands, notably The London Globe, Soul and The Reactions and Cole and The Embers. He bought his first set of drums in 1964 from Mel Bay. After high school, Scott went to California and studied at USC. It was there while performing the part of Cousin Kevin in the rock opera Tommy that he met musicians who became the folk-rock band Voices. Voices played gigs all over campus, coffee houses, and later at the Starwood on the Sunset Strip. Scott served as their self-taught producer, engineer, mixer, and roadie. Voices secured a record deal with MGM Records and were on their way to stardom when their crooked manager absconded with their advance money. After graduation, the band broke up and Scott became a geologist. After five years as a geologist, Scott returned to the music business.[2]

Record Plant years[edit]

At the urging of one of his friends who was a temporary accountant at The Record Plant recording studios, Scott was hired at minimum wage to be a gofer. Gofering led to janitoring which led to setup and maintenance and then remote recordings. While on the remote recording crew, Scott traveled the country recording such acts as Bruce Springsteen, Prince, The Blues Brothers, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Heart, Neil Diamond, and The US Festival. He did over 400 shows in two years. In 1981, he met his wife, Carol, and decided to get off the road and work in the studio. While assisting at The Record Plant he was mentored by Andy Johns and Lee DeCarlo, and worked on albums by Dolly Parton, Dionne Warwick, Queen, and many others.[2]


After leaving The Record Plant to become an independent recording engineer, Scott found loyalty from his clients and worked on multiple albums by Tom Petty, Wilco, Robbie Robertson, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lowen and Navarro, Danzig, the BoDeans, John Fogerty, Natalie Merchant and others. He worked with noted producers Rick Rubin and George Drakoulias during much of that time. It was during this time that Scott began collecting recording equipment and musical instruments as a way to improve the sound of his recordings and the overall experience for his clients.


Scott opened PLYRZ Recording Studio in January 2006. It is in a two-story, 5000-square foot warehouse with multiple rooms. The studio is filled his collection of vintage drums, amps, guitars, keyboards and recording equipment. The control room features a Neve 8048 Console and two Neve BCM-10 sidecars as well as racks of vintage compressors and effects. There is an impressive vintage microphone collection as well. During this time, Jim has worked on albums by The Courtyard Hounds, The Tedeschi Trucks Band, Crowded House, Sixpence None the Richer, Ron Sexsmith, Ryan Bingham, Styx, Hanson and many others.[3]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Scott has been nominated for a Grammy Award 17 times, of which he has gained seven.[4]

Year Nominee/Work Award Result
1985 Sting- Dream of the Blue Turtles Best Engineered Recording non-classical Nominated
1995 Tom Petty- Wildflowers Best Engineered Recording non-classical Won
1995 Tom Petty- Wildflowers Best Rock Album Nominated
1998 Rolling Stones- Bridges to Babylon Best Rock Album Nominated
1999 Santana- Supernatural Album of the Year Won
1999 Red Hot Chili Peppers- Californication Best Rock Album Nominated
1999 Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers- Echo Best Rock Album Nominated
2000 Rage Against the Machine- Battle of Los Angeles Best Rock Album Nominated
2002 Foo Fighters- One by One Best Rock Album Won
2002 Audioslave- Audioslave Best Rock Album Nominated
2002 Matchbox 20- More Than You Think You Are Best Rock Album Nominated
2005 Jason Mraz- Mr. A-Z Best Engineered Recording non-classical Nominated
2006 Dixie Chicks- Not Ready to Make Nice Record of the Year Won
2006 Dixie Chicks- Taking the Long Way Album of the Year Won
2006 Dixie Chicks- Taking the Long Way Best Country Album Won
2009 Dido- Safe Trip Home Best Engineered Recording non-classical Nominated
2011 The Tedeschi Trucks Band- Revelator Best Blues Album Won

He has also worked on numerous other Grammy-nominated and winning albums by such artists as Lucinda Williams, Tift Merritt, Wilco, Robert Randolph and the Family Band and others.

Scott has over 350 album credits.[5]


  1. ^ "Sound City". IMDb.com. 18 February 2013. Retrieved 28 January 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Engineer Jim Scott Interview". Mixonline.com. 1 February 2009. Retrieved 28 January 2021.
  3. ^ "Plyrz Studios | Recording Studio | California". PLYRZ Studios. Retrieved 28 January 2021.
  4. ^ "Jim Scott". Grammy.com. 23 November 2020. Retrieved 28 January 2021.
  5. ^ "Jim Scott | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 January 2021.

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