Scott Olson

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Scott Olson
Also known asScotty Olson[1]
Born1954 or 1955[2]
United States
Occupation(s)Guitarist, bassist, producer, recording engineer
InstrumentsGuitar, bass, keyboards
Years active1985–present
Associated actsAlice In Chains, Heart, Deftones

Scott Olson is an American musician, guitarist, bassist, music producer and recording engineer. He played guitar with Heart between 1995-1998[3] and 2002–2003,[1] and in 1996 he performed with Alice In Chains on their MTV Unplugged concert.[4] Olson was a recording consultant for Cameron Crowe's 2000 film Almost Famous.[5] He performed with Alice in Chains again on February 18, 2005 during a benefit concert in Seattle for the victims of the 2004 tsunami disaster,[6][7] and joined the band one more time to perform the song "No Excuses" at their concert in Washington, D.C. on October 25, 2006.[8]

Olson produced and engineered albums for artists such as Heart, Jerry Cantrell, Queensrÿche, Deftones, Limp Bizkit, Pauline Oliveros, Powerman 5000, Unearth, Buckcherry and Dredg.

Olson attended Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie, Washington.[9]

In 2018, Olson was diagnosed with progressive dementia.[10] In August 2018, Heart guitarist Nancy Wilson and Alice in Chains shared on their social media pages a crowdfunding set up by friends of Olson to help cover his assisted living costs and medical expenses.[11][12] As of 2019, Olson lives in a senior living facility in Kirkland, Washington.[2]



Year Album Artist Notes
1992 A Very Special Christmas, Vol. 2 Various vocals on "Blue Christmas"
1994 Tribute to Edith Piaf
  • Released: June 28, 1994
  • Label: Amherst Records
Various guitar on "Jezebel"
1996 MTV Unplugged Alice in Chains acoustic rhythm guitar;
acoustic bass on "Killer Is Me"
1999 WASBE '99: Oklahoma State University Wind Ensemble
  • Released: August 16, 1999
  • Label: Mark Records
Oklahoma State Wind Ensemble percussion
2002 Guilty Pleasures
  • Released: November 16, 2002
  • Label: Self-released
Peepshow composer, guitars, strings
2003 Alive in Seattle
  • Released: June 11, 2003
  • Label: BMG
Heart guitars, background vocals
2005 B-Sides & Rarities Deftones guitar on "Change (In The House Of Flies)"
2006 The Essential Alice in Chains Alice in Chains acoustic rhythm guitar on "Nutshell";
acoustic bass on "Over Now"
2008 Playlist: The Very Best of Heart Heart lead guitar, backing vocals
Playlist Plus: A Very Special Christmas Various guitar, keyboards, background vocals
2011 A Very Special Christmas Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 Various guitar, keyboards, background vocals
2012 Strange Euphoria Heart guitar, background vocals


Year Album Artist Notes
1985 Heart Heart guitar technician
1992 A Very Special Christmas, Vol. 2 Various producer
1995 The Road Home Heart engineer, production manager
1996 Home Alive: The Art of Self Defense Various producer, engineer, mixing
1998 Collection Mike Strickland engineer
Boggy Depot Jerry Cantrell assistant engineer[13]
1999 Makin' Bacon The Rockinghams producer, engineer
Buckcherry Buckcherry engineer, programming
Music Bank Alice in Chains recording, producer
2000 White Pony Deftones recording/Pro-Tools engineer
Musicworks 76: Changing The Score Pauline Oliveros electronics on "Primordial/Lift"
Almost Famous (Music From The Motion Picture) Various recording on "Fever Dog"
Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water Limp Bizkit engineer
Little Nicky (Music From the Motion Picture) Various engineer, Pro-Tools
2001 Valentine (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Various engineer, Pro-Tools
Live Raw in Germany The Hellecasters live mixing
Microfish Spys4Darwin engineer
Anyone for Doomsday? Powerman 5000 engineer, Pro-Tools
2002 Guilty Pleasures Peepshow producer, composer, guitars, strings
2003 Tribe Queensrÿche engineer
Back to School (Mini Maggit) Deftones engineer, digital editing
2005 Catch Without Arms Dredg engineer, Pro-Tools
B-Sides & Rarities Deftones engineer, Pro-Tools
2006 III: In the Eyes of Fire Unearth engineer
2007 Moody Glow Future Fossils producer, engineer
2008 Playlist Plus: A Very Special Christmas Various producer
2009 Feathergun Rishloo producer, engineer, mixing
2011 A Very Special Christmas Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 Various producer
2016 The Studio Album Collection Deftones engineer, Pro-Tools

Photography credits[edit]

Year Album Artist
1991 Kant Sheck Dees Bluze Jimmy Dawkins
1992 Tell My Story Movin' Louis Myers
2001 Adult Time The Bottletones
2009 Midlife: A Beginner's Guide to Blur Blur


  1. ^ a b "Scotty Olson - Synergia Northwest". Synergia Northwest.
  2. ^ a b "Kirkland police asked for help finding missing man". Komo News. May 6, 2019.
  3. ^ Booth, Philip (July 24, 1998). "Heart, Wilson still going crazy on you". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. p. 10. Retrieved January 26, 2011.
  4. ^ Stout, Gene (February 18, 2005). "Kinney drums up enthusiastic response for tsunami benefit". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved January 26, 2011.
  5. ^ "Almost Famous (2000)". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on August 14, 2018. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  6. ^ "ALICE IN CHAINS Joined By TOOL, PUDDLE OF MUDD, DAMAGEPLAN Singers During Benefit Concert". Blabbermouth. February 19, 2005.
  7. ^ "Alice in Chains Concert Setlist at K-ROCK Tsunami Continued CARE Relief Benefit Concert 2005 on February 18, 2005".
  8. ^ "Alice In Chains - No Excuses (Live DC 10/25/06)". YouTube. October 26, 2006.
  9. ^ "Mount Si High (MSHS) Class of 1973 Alumni List". Mount Si High School. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  10. ^ "Alice in Chains asks fans to help sick "Unplugged" collaborator". ABC News Radio. August 14, 2018. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  11. ^ Nancy Wilson (August 8, 2018). "Scotty Olson has been a great friend to me for so many years..." Facebook. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  12. ^ "Alice In Chains: A gofundme Page has been set up for our friend Scotty Olson, who was recently diagnosed with progressive dementia..." Instagram. August 13, 2018. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  13. ^ "Boggy Depot - Jerry Cantrell". AllMusic. Retrieved May 10, 2018.

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