Vestal, Scott


  • From Duncan, Oklahoma. Lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Started playing banjo at age 13.
  • At age 18, landed his first pro job with Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers (one year).
  • Age 19, moved to Texas and formed a band with brother Curtis and Russell Moore called Southern Connection.
  • 1985, joined Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver.
  • 1990, formed a group called Livewire.
  • 1992, released a solo project “In Pursuit of Happiness” (no label).
  • 1994, with David Parmley, formed Continental Divide.
  • 1996, won IBMA award for Banjo Player of the Year (co-winner with Sammy Shelor).
  • 1998-2003, worked with the John Cowan Band.
  • Producer of series of annual instrumental albums (The “Bluegrass” series), which won the IBMA award for Recorded Event of the Year in 1996.
  • First to popularize the “stealth” banjo: a five-string banjo with a hidden fifth-string tuning peg.
  • 2000, released Millenia album (Pinecastle).
  • 2003, joined Rock County. Also worked with Longview and Shawn Camp.
  • 2004, joined Larry Cordle and Lonesome Standard Time.
  • 2006, joined the Sam Bush Band.
  • 2006, he and his wife Alice recorded Going to the Dance album.
  • 2017, won the Steve Martin prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass (which comes with a $50,000 check).