feature:  Scott Rische


Scott is a talented folk musician who has been playing in the Galena area for many years. He currently hosts an open mic every Sunday on Main Street and plays with numerous other musicians in town on a regular basis.

GG: Scott, thank-you for participating. To help our audience get to know you better, can you please tell us a little bit about yourself?

Scott: “Well, I am 69 years old. I am second, (chronologically) in a very large family. I grew up in the woods, swamps and cornfields with suburbia very close by. My interest in music started when I was very young. I am a Vietnam Veteran, and spent over three years on the U.S. Coast Guard high endurance cutter USCGC Yakutat.”



GG: What instrument or instruments do you play?

Scott: “I have played almost anything with strings at one time or another, but mandolin is my primary instrument. I do play some guitar, dobro and bass.”

GG: What are two things people would be most surprised to know about you?

Scott: “Some of my other interests have included woodcarving, arts in general, archery and bass fishing.” 

GG: Who were some of your early musical influences?

Scott: “Doc Watson, Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs early on. Later, almost everything from Jethro Burns to Miles Davis and everything in between.”

GG: What are three of your favorite things about Galena, and why?

Scott: “Everything. The city is beautiful, as is the countryside. But mostly it’s the people. Such a diverse group of people with a great arts and music community.”


GG: If you could play and collaborate with any musician, living or dead, who would it be?

Scott: “So many great musicians, so that is a hard question. I have played with a number of those who were my heroes. However, Jethro Burns, Stephane Grapelli, Johhny Gimble and more would be nice. So much to learn from these guys.”

GG: Thank-you, Scott for sharing a little bit about yourself. We wish you continued success! To catch Scott in action, check out our events calendar and go check out one of his upcoming shows. He hosts the open mic at the Grape Escape every Sunday from 12:00-3:00 p.m. 



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