Award Winning Author Music Historian Reissues Producer 3-Time Grammy Nominee
Scott was recently nominated for a Grammy for Best Album Notes for his essay "Howdy Glenn: West Coast Country's Forgotten Black Pioneer," which is included with the CD version of the compilation I Can Almost See Houston: The Complete Howdy Glenn that Scott co-produced with Cheryl Pawelski.
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 spent seven years as 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, Graham Nash, Patti LaBelle, Billy Bob Thornton, Dwight Yoakam, Susanna Hoffs, Matthew Sweet, Carlos Santana, hip-hop legend Nas, and others.
Scott continues to write articles and liner notes, including "Howdy Glenn: West Coast Country's Forgotten Black Pioneer," which earned him a third Grammy nomation in 2023. Along with Paul Duncan, Scott co-hosts the bi-weekly podcast Songcraft: Spotlight on Songwriters, featuring interviews with over 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.
The Byrds: 1964-1967
400-page large format tabletop art book
Available in four versions, including a Super Deluxe Limited Edition signed by Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman & David Crosby
Edited and co-written by Scott with the band's three surviving founding members
"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, Country Music Hall of Fame
"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 Fame
"The most incredible collaborator and writer I could ever imagine. Scott has been such a blessing to me."
Songwriters Hall of Fame, Motown legend
"Scott is engaged and very thorough. I am impressed with the work he does."
founder, Bear Family Records
"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, Flying Burrito Brothers, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
"I’m grateful for having Scott’s help getting my ideas for a book of lyrics and prose into publishable form. Without his creative support, Word for Word wouldn’t exist. I bow in earnest."
recording artist, author, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame
Scott B. Bomar is the hardest-working man in showbiz since James Brown. He’s talented, organized, detail oriented, and extremely self-motivated. If there’s a job to be done, Scott can do it. You won’t be disappointed. I guarantee it.
President of Leiber & Stoller Music, author