Award Winning Author Music Historian Reissues Producer 2-Time Grammy Nominee
The Bakersfield Sound
10 CD box set & 224-page hardback book
New York Times Best Box Set of the Year
Nashville Scene Best Reissue of the Year
2020 Grammy nominee
Included on the Rolling Stone, Variety, All Music, and LA Times best of the year lists
Scott B. Bomar grew up in Nashville before relocating to Los Angeles and becoming a staff songwriter at Sony/ATV Music. He moved to the other side of the desk to work for Universal Music Group before going to BMG, where he's now the Senior Director of the company's music-related book publishing efforts. Additionally, he has worked on projects with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Grammy Museum, the National Recording Archive of the Library of Congress, Gibson Guitars, Ken Burns' Florentine Films, Leiber & Stoller Music, SiriusXM, American Songwriter magazine, Omnivore Recordings, Bear Family Records, Penguin Random House, and others. He was nominated for a Grammy award for his album notes for the compilation The Other Side of Bakersfield (which he also produced). Additionally, his 2019 box set The Bakersfield Sound was named one of the best of the year by the New York Times, Variety, and Rolling Stone, and earned Scott a second Grammy nod.
Scott's book Southbound, a comprehensive history of Southern rock, was awarded "Best Historical Research in Recorded Rock and Popular Music" by the Association for Recorded Sound Collections. He has co-authored six additional titles, including The Byrds: 1964-1967 (with Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman, and David Crosby), Johnny Cash at Folsom & San Quentin (with Marty Stuart and Amelia Davis), The 'Odessey' (with the Zombies), Every Night is Saturday Night (with Wanda Jackson), and How Sweet It Is (with Lamont Dozier). His current project is the forthcoming Bakersfield Sounds: The Rise and Fall of Country Music's Nashville West. As an editor, Scott has worked with authors including Barney Hoskyns, Colin Escott, Andy Neill, Chris Morris, and Tony Fletcher, as well as artists such as Tom Petty, Elvis Costello, Chris Hillman, Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, Lars Ulrich of Metallica, Chris Shiflett of Foo Fighters, William Bell, Dave Mason, Loretta Lynn, Eddie Floyd, Rodney Crowell, Janis Ian, Billy Bob Thornton, and Dwight Yoakam.
Along with Paul Duncan, Scott co-hosts the bi-weekly podcast Songcraft: Spotlight on Songwriters, featuring interviews with nearly 200 writers such as Smokey Robinson, Elvis Costello, Steve Perry, Valerie Simpson, Lucinda Williams, Bill Withers, and more. Scott splits his time between Idyllwild and Inglewood, California, where he lives with his wife Melanie and his two big dogs, Jean and Ferlin.
"Scott B. Bomar is one of my favorite writers, historians and musical scholars, as well as one of the nicest guys in the world. His orbit is filled with the coolest people, books and music. I am truly one of his biggest fans."
recording artist, musician, preservationist
"Scott is a wonderful writer, and he really shines in my book. I think he's great....He's just fun to hang out with."
recording artist, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer
"The most incredible collaborator and writer I could ever imagine. Scott, you've been such a blessing to me."
Songwriters Hall of Famer, Motown legend
"Scott B. Bomar, my incredible editor and guide on [my book] project....I could not have done this without Scott's insightful guidance and direction. A great literary editor....It has been a huge blessing getting to know Scott."
The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers