Episode 35: Scott Bennett
Air date: 1.18.12
Scott Bennett's musical resume reads like no other in the business. There are few aspects of the music industry that he hasn't dabbled in... successfully. He has fronted acclaimed rock bands like A Fine Mess and The Falling Wallendas in his hometown of Chicago. He honed his skills as a first rate multi-instrumentalist on buzzy albums like Liz Phair's "Whitechocolatespaceegg" and The Flaming Lips' "The Soft Bulletin." He has scored for films and TV commercials, where his clients include household names like McDonald's, Disney, Budweiser, Miller, Subway, 7-Up, Gatorade, Kraft and Ford. His songs have been featured in TV shows like "Charmed," "Beverly Hills 90210," "The Bold and the Beautiful," and "The Young and the Restless" - and got himself nominated for an Emmy Award along the way. He even managed to find his way onto Broadway, playing guitar and keyboards for the Pulitzer and Tony award winning Broadway show, "Rent". But it was his work with Beach Boys' mastermind Brian Wilson on the legendary "Smile" album that brought Bennett international acclaim. Wilson found Bennett's contributions to the re-recorded seminal Beach Boys album in 2004 to be indispensable - and while playing in Wilson's crack back up band, Bennett wound up sharing stages with Elton John, Billy Joel, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, The Who, Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, and Paul McCartney. And Bennett is still adding to that resume by continuing to release solo albums and producing new artists like girl power trio EZ Tiger.
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