At the NAMM show
Scotty and Gail Pollock
On Saturday July 19, 2003 Scotty made an appearance
at the Summer NAMM
show in Nashville. The NAMM show (National Association of
Music Merchants) is a trade show held semi-annually for the merchants
and manufacturers of Musical Instrument products. It is not open
to the public and attendees are required to wear ID badges at all times.
Gail and Scotty address the crowd
Scotty performed in the capacity of a meet and greet
where he was first interviewed by a NAMM representative and then he and
Gail Pollock shared stories and answered questions from the guests.
getting pictures and autographs from Scotty
Afterwards everyone had the opportunity to come up
and say hello, take pictures and to get autographs.
attendee meeting and getting an autograph
Scotty autographs a fan's t-shirt
In addition to meeting a lot of his fans the show
also afforded the opportunity to visit with a lot of old friends that
were also attending the show. Brad Birkedahl and Joe Fick of The
Dempseys, a phenomenal Rockabilly trio dropped by the meet and
Duncan who had a booth there at the show also stopped by to visit at
the same time as long time friend and sometimes bandmate Boots Randolph.
Boots has played and recorded with Scotty and Elvis through the years
and was having a meet and greet there right after Scotty.
Scotty with Brad Birkedahl and Joe Fick of The Dempseys.
Boots Randolph, Seymour Duncan and Scotty
After the meet and greet was over Scotty had time to
visit a couple of the booths at the show. The first stop was the
Gibson booth where he got to meet more long time fans and some of the
Gibson/Valley Arts guitar employees like Todd Money and Brent
Wilson. At one point a guitarist came up to Scotty for a picture
and an autograph . It happened to be Harvey
Jett, the original guitarist with Black Oak Arkansas. This
gave Gail the opportunity to reciprocate and get Harvey's
autograph. As luck would have it he ran into another bandmate, Bob
Moore and his wife Kittra in the Epiphone booth.
Scotty in the Gibson booth
Todd Money introduces Brent Wilson to Scotty
Harvey Jett and Scotty
Scotty and Bob Moore
Before leaving the show Scotty stopped by the Fender
booth to visit with longtime friend Mike Eldred and to insure that he
was coming to dinner that night. While there he got the chance to
say hello to Bob
Benedetto. Scotty first met Bob several years ago when Bob was
one of the 21 chosen to built a guitar for "The
Blue Collection". This also afforded the
opportunity to meet another associate of Mike's, Shane Nicholas.
Gail and Scotty talk to Bob Benedetto
Shane Nicholas and Scotty
It was a good day
all around and though Scotty didn't get to see as much of the booths and
displays as he would've liked to he did get to meet a lot of his fans
and old friends. Though the show wasn't quite over for the day he
and Gail had to get going so that she could get a head start on cooking
another of her famous Fried Chicken dinners. A few of us were
invited to that but that's another story.
James V. Roy
July 29, 2003