Bio


Multi-instrumentalist Scott Cooper is a veteran of the San Francisco Bay Area music scene. Though best known for playing rhythm guitar in the popular Grateful Dead tribute the China Cats, Scott has his hands in multiple projects simultaneously. His own band Scott Cooper & the Barrelmakers showcases his songwriting in a jam band setting. Scott's solo debut "A Leg Trick" (2012) reached #5 on the jam band radio charts, despite no label or publicity support. He has since released three more CDs, tapping into his prolific songwriting, including the recent "Four Four." He has been playing bass with Bay Area jam band the Gary Gates Band for over decade and plays on Gary's heralded CD "San Gregorio General Store" produced by John Nowland (Neil Young, Jewel). Scott also performs solo and duo gigs throughout California. An in-demand sideman, Scott has also worked with the Banana Slug String Band, Stu Allen, Jim Lewin, as well as members of the Doobie Brothers, Jefferson Starship, David Grisman Quintet. Scott has performed with Donna Godchaux (former singer for the Grateful Dead) and Melvin Seals (Jerry Garcia Band).

A native of St. Louis, Scott began his music career as a drummer in the
house band at both Callahans Pub and Moe's Alley in Santa Cruz, then later toured with blues legends such as Johnny Shines and Luther Tucker, as well as gigs with Robert Lowery and Lady Bo (Bo Diddley's lead guitarist). Then he played in a band called Mean Business with Ben Ellman (later with Galactic) and Luca Fredericksen (later with Wolfman Washington). After that, he played in Little Danny & the Rollercoasters with Rusty Zinn and Marc Carino, later of the Fabulous Thunderbirds. In the 90s, he worked with a popular jam band called Deep Blue Sea, where he honed his songwriting craft. From there it was on to play with Relix Records jam band Stackabones, where Scott eventually moved from behind the drums to playing bass, and contributing original material. Scott has since recorded three CDs with Stackabones, on which he plays drums, bass, guitar and keyboards.

When he's not gigging or recording his prolific repertoire of original material, Scott books music for two California venues (Sam's Chowder House and Testarossa Winery) and works as Office Manager for Rick Turner/Renaissance Guitars. Previously he taught guitar at UC-Santa Cruz, worked as a sales rep for Drumskull Drums, music journalist for the NY Times syndicate and LA Times syndicate, blues deejay at KUSP, new age deejay at KLRS, Program Manager at KSCO and Editor for OnRadio, supplying CD reviews, music news and artist interviews to radio stations' web sites.

DISCOGRAPHY:-        
Charlie Tweddle, Greatest Hits (1999)    
Al Frisby, The Piggies Are Dying (1998)     
Stackabones, Cathy Ann (1996)        
Stackabones, This Ribbon of Highway (2005)        
Stackabones, The Wax Still Drips (2011)       
Gary Gates Band, Live at the San Gregorio General Store (2008)        
Scott Cooper, A Leg Trick (2012)     
Scott Cooper, Jack of All Trades (2013)
Gary Gates Band, La Honda Fair/Pescadero Arts & Fun Festival (2014)
Scott Cooper, Batik in Blue (2015)
Scott Cooper, Four Four (2017)

 "Girl In the Garden" reaches #3 on CDBaby's Jam Band charts! (3/21/12)

"A Leg Trick" reaches #5 on jam band radio charts (March, 2012)


Venues Played:

Arkley Center (Eureka)
Golden State Theater (Monterey)
Belly-Up (Solano Beach)
The Palomino (West Hollywood)
The Catalyst (Santa Cruz)
Ashkenaz (Berkeley)
Terrapin Crossroads (San Rafael)
Sweetwater (Mill Valley)
Marilyns on K (Sacramento)
The Iron Door (Groveland)
Moe's Alley (Santa Cruz)
Don Quixote's (Felton)

West Side Theater (Newman)
Civic Auditorium (Santa Cruz)
Brick & Mortar (San Francisco)
Mongos (Grover Beach)
Frog & Peach (San Luis Obispo)
Club Fox (Redwood City)
The Bistro (Hayward)
Sam's Chowder House (Half Moon Bay & Palo Alto)
The Crow's Nest (Santa Cruz)
Blue Fin Billiards (Monterey)
Baja Cantina (Carmel Valley)
JJ's Blues Lounge (San Jose)
Manrock Brewing Co (Grover Beach)
Sweet Springs Saloon (Los Osos)
Ragged Point Inn (Big Sur)
Fernwood (Big Sur)
Monterey Live (Monterey)
Bar of America (Truckee)
​Jasper O'Farrells (Sebastopol)
Ukiah Brewing Co (Ukiah)
Peri's (Fairfax)
19 Broadway (Fairfax)
Apple Jacks (La Honda)
Alice's Restaurant (Woodside)
​The Pioneer (Woodside)
British Banker's Club (Menlo Park)
Starry Plough (Berkeley)
La Pena Cultural Center (Berkeley)

Silo's (Napa)
Berryessa Brewing Co (Winters)

Mr. Ricks (Avila Beach)

Sugar Creek Music Festival (Illinois)

Weed Palace Theater (Weed)
Opolo Winery (Paso Robles)

Testarossa Winery (Los Gatos)
Otter Rock Cafe (Morro Bay)
Tap It Brewery (San Luis Obispo)
Broken Earth Winery (Paso Robles)

Burrel School Winery (Santa Cruz)

Michael's on Main (Soquel)

Redwood Mountain Fair (Felton)

Hop n Barley Festival (Scotts Valley)
Malones (Scotts Valley)

Eve's Waterfront (Oakland)


and countless other venues across California