Musician Scott Nolan with CBC host Ismaila Alfa (CBC)
I'll put our arts scene in any respect, in any medium - up against any community in the world and that's part of what keeps me here.
—Scott Nolan, singer/songwriter
Scott Nolan is as convincing a storyteller as he is a songwriter. The veteran musician knows how to communicate and he also knows that is half the battle in the music business.
Nolan joins CBC host Ismaila Alfa this weekend on SCENE on Air, to talk about being a working musician.
Nolan was a young teenager when he discovered the Blue Note Cafe with his cousin. "We sat at this little booth and never ordered anything. A waiter came with these two metal teapots....we went to pour out our tea and discovered it was beer! So, we looked at each other and made a vow to go there together every day for the rest of our lives!" he laughs.
By the time the Blue Note moved to Portage Avenue, Nolan was serving customers in those booths himself. He eventually started jamming after his shift, working with different musicians and gaining experience. It was at the Blue Note that Nolan hooked up with fellow musician Joanna Miller whom he still performs with.
Fast forward through the years and these days Nolan spends a lot of his time touring in Canada and through the United States. He's even done some producing in his own studio for people like Dan Frechette and Emma Cloney. "The thing on my mind lately is cutting stuff live. Assembling really great musicians and getting everybody into the headspace...It's not this long, drawn out technical mixing process. It's like the musicians essentially come in, self-mixed." Clearly, Nolan likes that.
The consumate musician sees things for what they are and appreciates what Winnipeg has to offer, including four distinct seasons. He isn't convinced a musician has to uproot themselves in order to make it. "Coming from Winnipeg to the guys in Nashville and Texas and stuff, I'm like some snowbird - it's just a different thing. So that quality is appreciated by them."
Nolan goes on to explain, "I'll put our arts scene in any respect, in any medium - up against any community in the world and that's part of what keeps me here."
Hear Scott Nolan at the Times Change(d) High & Lonesome Club on Tuesday, January 22. But first, listen to his conversation with host Ismaila Alfa on SCENE On Air on January 19. The show airs every Saturday from 5 - 6 p.m. on CBC Radio One, 89.3 FM/990 AM/97.9 FM in Brandon.