Scott Keever is an award-winning fingerstyle guitarist from Minneapolis, MN who combines an American roots sound with styles as far ranging as Celtic, Balkan and jazz. He is a multifaceted performer who is as comfortable playing slide on a resophonic guitar as he is playing acoustic or classical. He calls himself a Folk Musician, but to him, all music is folk music; it is more than just one style or sound. His own music is full of life, a combination of light and shadow, meant to express the world around us. His stylistic range can be plainly heard on his 2018 solo album “Solo Guitar: Vol. 1” featuring his own guitar originals.
As a soloist, he has opened up for Pat Donohue, and in the MN region, has performed at the American Swedish Institute, Celtic Junction, Chateau St. Croix, The Veranda Lounge, The Minnesota Centennial Showboat, and the Weisman Art Museum. Tracks from his 2018 solo album have been played on KBEM 88.5FM (Minneapolis: www.jazz88.fm).
In addition to his solo performances, Scott plays guitar, tambura and percussion for Orkestar Bez Ime (OBI), an award-winning Twin Cities band that specializes in Eastern European Dance Music. He has also performed as a guitarist for a number of Twin Cities ensembles, including The Sweet Colleens, (Celtic/Americana).
Scott studied guitar at the University of MN (Minneapolis), and Amala School of Romany Music and Culture (Valjevo, Serbia). Scott graduated with a B.A. in Music from the U of MN – School of Music, where he focused on Composition, under the guidance of Alex Lubet and Doug Geers.
To hear Phil Nusbaum’s interview with Scott Keever:
Scott Keever Plays and Combines International Musical Traditions on Guitars
In 2013, Scott was a contributing performer for Natalie Nowytski’s album “Amerikana”, alongside Jim Parker, Adam Kiesling and Peter Ostroushko. In 2017, he produced and performed on singer/songwriter Michael Matheny’s posthumous album “El Dorado”.
Photos by Ben Zvan.