Scott is the recipient of the
Slim Harpo Music Ambassador Award
On June 23, 2016 at the Varsity Theatre in Baton Rouge, Scott received the Slim Harpo Ambassador Award-- quite an honor for someone who learned every Slim Harpo harmonica lick as a teenager in Boston. Also receiving awards were guitarist L'il Buck Senegal (The Slim Harpo Music Legend Award) and saxophonist Paula Rangell (The Slim Harpo Pioneer Award). Perhaps the best part of the event will be the music– Scott will perform with the above musicians, pianist Henry Gray and others.
Scott Billington is a record executive, musician, writer and Grammy® winning producer who has worked with many of the greatest artists in American roots music, pictured here with Ruth Brown (Barbara Roberds photo).
Bobby Rush and Scott Billington win a Grammy!
In the studio with Bobby Rush
Scott and engineer Steve Reynolds have just completed work on Bobby Rush's new album, Porcupine Meat, which will be released by Rounder Records on September 22, 2016. In photo, at The Parlor Recording Studio in New Orleans (L-R): Vasti Jackson, Scott Billington, Shane Theriot, Bobby Rush, David Torkanowsky, Jeffrey "Jellybean" Alexander, Cornell Willlams.
I am thrilled to announce that Bobby Rush's Porcupine Meat has won the 2017 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album. Making this album and working with Bobby was one of the highlights of my career. Every musician on the record-- Vasti Jackson, David Torkanowsky, Shane Theriot, Jeffery 'Jellybean' Alexander, Cornell Williams, Kirk Joseph, Jeff Albert, Khari Allen Lee, Roger Lewis, Jeff Watkins, Barney Floyd, Johnette Downing and Charles Elam-- brought his or her best to the sessions, and we had the great pleasure of recording at The Parlor Recording Studio in New Orleans. My longtime musical partner, engineer Steve Reynolds, delivered an incredible sounding record, assisted by Matt Grondin and Nick Guttman. In the photo are Vasti Jackson, Bobby Rush and Scott. This is my third Grammy Award— previous wins were with Irma Thomas (2007) and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (1982).
In the Studio with Samantha Fish
(December 2018) Steve Reynolds and I have just about wrapped up production on Samantha Fish's new album for Rounder Records. We cut the album at Royal Studios in Memphis. Pictured L-R are drummer Doug Belote. keyboardist Rick Steff, Samantha Fish, Scott Billington, engineer Lawrence "Boo" Mitchell, engineer Steve Reynolds and bassist Austin Clements.
Swamp Romp album
(15 February, 2019) Johnette and I are happy to announce that our Swamp Romp album was released on February 15, 2019. We've been having a wonderful time promoting the album, with a show at the New Orleans Jazz Museum, and appearances on WWL-TV and YYES-TV. The album is a 16-track tour through the landscape of Louisiana roots music, with guests who include Irma Thomas, Joel Savoy, members of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, members of the Dukes of Dixieland, bassist James Singleton, drummer Doug Belote and many more. You may buy a copy at the Johnette and Scott website, by clicking HERE.