Combining traditional folk and Appalachian music with wise, twisted lyrics, Scott Malyszka performs acoustic music with deep roots and brilliant themes.

Scott’s lucid lyrics sometimes read as rich poetry and other times as scenic story. He accompanies his mountain-flavored vocals with driving flatpick guitar. It’s Doc Watson meets Tom Waits.

Photo by Mark Segal Photography

Scott’s most recent CD is 2011’s “Dry Town,” recorded by engineer Les Thompson (founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band). Scott is joined on the CD by fiddler Marcy Cochran (from the award-winning group Dead Men’s Hollow), plus harmony vocals by blues man Harny and old-time mandolin from Al Bernier.

Recent performances include the Washington Folk Festival, the Avalon Folk Festival, Reston Festival, Northern VA Fine Arts Festival, plus frequent appearances at bars and restaurants in the DC area, and as fiddler in the Loudon County Theater’s presentation of “Spoon River Anthology.”

Scott plays old-time fiddle with Feel The Wag, a northern-Virginia string band that also includes Bud Burwell on hammered dulcimer and a varying lineup of other old-time musicians. The band plays traditional dance tunes from Appalachia and New England at festivals, fairs, wineries, and community events in northern Virginia.

Scott is the founder of New Trail Coaching, a service that helps people succeed in their creative and artistic work. His coaching efforts include individual coaching, tele-classes, and group workshops for musicians, writers, and performers.

Listen to Scott solo and with Feel The Wag on the downloads page.

Radio airplays include

  • 2VOX 106.9 FM, Wollongong NSW Australia
  • CHES 88.1 FM, Erin ON Canada
  • KVMR 89.5 FM, Nevada City CA
  • WAMU 88.5 FM, American University, Washington DC
  • wbgu 88.1 FM, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green OH
  • WCVF 88.9 FM, Fredonia NY
  • WIUP 90.1 FM, Indiana PA
  • WNEC 91.7 FM, New England College Radio, Henniker NH
  • WRUR, 88.5 Rochester NY and 90.1 Ithaca NY
  • WSLU 89.5 FM, Canton NY
  • WVBR 93.5 FM, Ithaca, NY