On Saturday May 6, renowned singer, songwriter, instrumentalist and Redding resident Scott Joss will close out the Oaksong Music Society’s 2016-2017 concert season with an evening of western swing, gypsy jazz and country music with his group Scott Joss and the Sidemen. "The Sidemen" are Shasta and Siskiyou county natives Rick Hobbs (guitar), Eric Day (guitar), Sam Cuenca (bass) and Paul Blackwell (mandolin). “Scott Joss, a longtime member of Merle Haggard’s The Strangers, has been a good friend of the Oaksong Music Society for many years. He’s now set to return for a show with The Sidemen here in his home town.
For the past three decades, Scott's primary job consisted of performing and recording with Merle Haggard as the fiddle player for his band, The Strangers. It placed him on hundreds of stages around the world, on national television shows, and alongside artists like Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Ray Price, Buck Owens, Sara Evans, Asleep at the Wheel and dozens of others.
Born in Long Beach and raised in Redding, Joss’ California roots run deep. He learned to play fiddle from Jana Jae, the one-time wife and fiddle player for Buck Owens & His Buckaroos. Befriended by one of Bob Wills' surviving Playboys, Tiny Moore, Joss was encouraged to develop his talent on a professional level after winning numerous California State Fiddle Championships. In 1980, at the age of 18, he got the call from Haggard. His first show as one of the Strangers was at Carnegie Hall. Joss returned to Redding to continue working on his performance skills before joining up with Merle and the band on the road. Joss’ work with the Strangers led to an ongoing post with Dwight Yoakam’s band, the Babylonian Cowboys. In addition to his work with Haggard and Yoakam, Joss lit up local area stages in bands like EZ Pickins and ROMA. After several years with Yoakam, Joss returned to Haggard's band, where he remained until Merle's passing in 2016. Continuing to this day as a member of The Strangers with Merle's sons, Ben and Noel, Scott also performs with local northern California musicians whenever he can.
Door opens @ 7:15 pm, show starts @ 8:00 pm.
Tickets are available at The Music Connection, 3086 Bechelli Lane, Redding. (530) 223-2040 or online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2803174