Alabama Music Office.com goes to Horse Pens 40 to attend Jam For Duane 2012 at Horse Pens 40 near Steele, Alabama. This is an annual event that honors Duane Allman. The Scott Ward band was on hand to perform Johnny Wyker's "Baby Ruth." The young guitarist, Tommy York, is a Alabama musician to watch. The first cold snap of the year moved in and caught us in t-shirts and shorts.
“Gadsden -" Scott Ward has been a fan of Muscle Shoals music for years. But it wasn’t until he started visiting the area about 10 years ago and met local players and songwriters that he really began to learn what Muscle Shoals music is all about. “I started going to Muscle Shoals to try and start getting something going,” said Ward, a 47-year-old bassist and guitarist from Gadsden. “David Hood invited me to come hear The Decoys.” The admiration has led Ward to recording an album that pays tribute to the area’s music and those behind the scenes, many of whom still live in the area. Ward said he spent some time trying to break into the Nashville music scene, but nothing materialized. “When I came to Muscle Shoals, it had more of a feeling of camaraderie,” Ward said. “There was just a laid back feeling.” Ward said he’s a fan of the Rolling Stones, Bob Seger and Julian Lennon tracks recorded in the Shoals. Ward said he wanted to get the same inspiration Lennon got ”
Russ Corey - Florence Times Daily
"Scott Ward Band, has released Muscle Shoals Through Decatur (Lucky Dog Records) with it's well chosen 11 tracks. The Scott Ward Band is on the leading edge of the music revival going on in Muscle Shoals. The songs are all written by Shoals greats. They are joined by Spooner Oldham on keyboards. I count Scott as a friend and appreciate his tireless effort in bringing great music to the masses. The last time we communicated, he told me that he is working on a new project with Johnny Wyker. Available at Pegasus Records in Florence, Criminal Records in Atlanta, Cosmic Debris Records in Anniston, and FYE Stores in Gadsden, Decatur, Mobile, Birmingham, and Hot Springs, Arkansas." Jerry Henry, Alabama Music Office