scott manring & laurelyn dossett

October 29, 2008

scott manring & laurelyn dossett, originally uploaded by the dotmatrix project.


Scott plays Rhiannons banjo

October 26, 2008

DMP 10-23 055, originally uploaded by the dotmatrix project.

In the key of blue

October 26, 2008

DMP 10-23 070, originally uploaded by the dotmatrix project.

The seventh dotmatrix project brought together two greensboro songwriters, historians, and musicians. Yet both ladies, accomplished musicians in well-known bands across the Carolinas and beyond kept reminding the audience to be kind: This solo performance was a first for both.

Riannon Giddens is a world-traveling musician with the black string preservation band, The Carolina Chocolate Drops. The project was one of her first solo debuts, relying only occasionally on the support of Laurelyn Dossett and guitarist Scott Manring. Her roots music included a few original tunes, such as the ballsy-blues girl ballad, “Two-time Loser.” And with her early vocal training at the prestigious Oberlin Conservatory, Rhiannon performed a multi-lingual, multi-cultural act, singing in languages known only in the Gaelic-Scottish regions, plus “Mal Hombre” in Spanish, and “Slaves Lament.” A regularly touring musician, Rhiannon made the most of the hometown gig, and brought her sister on stage for gospel songs that featured harmonies only possible from a childhood spent singing together. Off her usual repertoire, however, Rhiannon dropped in a tune she’s always wanted to sing, she said, Patsy Cline’s, “I Fall to Pieces.”

Laurelyn Dossett also made a break from her regular appearances with Polecat Creek, and sang songs she’s written for the band, and more recently, songs she’s created for the original “playsical” projects at Triad Stage, such as “Brother Wolf” and “Bloody Blackbeard.” While Dossett played solo, she played many songs originally written for the bluegrass and Old Time string, such as “Midway Road” and “The Island,” off the band’s new album “Ordinary Seasons.” With a story behind every tune, Dossett is something of a modern historian, writing songs that tell stories from the Piedmont region, such as “Leaving Eden,” which chronicles the night drive of a mother and her children as they leave a community built on and later burned by a collapsing textile industry. One hot October night in early 2000 inspired “Surry County’s” burning. With guitarist Scott Manring, and vocalist Rhiannon Giddens occasionally joining her on set, Laurelyn rocked a set that’s usually reserved for the more, well, reserved audience.

And the audience came to listen. Before the first guitar was tuned, listeners lined up chairs, settling in with their dark brews in tall pint glasses, only breaking the silence to applaud, stomp, sing along, or laugh.

One of a few

October 25, 2008

IMGP5771, originally uploaded by the dotmatrix project.

Waiting for the show to begin

October 25, 2008

IMGP5784, originally uploaded by the dotmatrix project.

Scott Manring, Laurelyn Dossett, and Rhiannon Giddens at The Dotmatrix Project.

The Dotmatrix Project

October 25, 2008

IMGP5873, originally uploaded by the dotmatrix project.

Scott Manring, Laurelyn Dossett, and Rhiannon Giddens at The Dotmatrix Project.

Vintage guitars and all, Thursday, Oct. 23

October 14, 2008

One of Scott's many vintage guitars

Vintage guitars, Laurelyn Dossett, and Rhiannon Giddens for this month’s Dotmatrix Project.

Mandacello in Bloody Blackbeard

October 14, 2008

The moment he became "Schooner"

Recording in Greensboro for Bloody Blackbeard, a Triad Stage “play-sical” about Edward Teach. The headless pirate is still believed to haunt the Carolinas.

A little something from the liner notes

October 14, 2008


If you squint, you can see Scott.

Two degrees of separation from the Avett Brothers
“Signs,” recorded with Avett Brother proud papa Jim Avett, in 1972 in an abandoned house off Friendly Avenue in Greensboro.

BR Boys

“They’ve attracted a crowd wherever they played because of their musicianship, the vintage instruments they play and a playlist they plucked from their 78 rpm record,” Jeri Rowe, News & Record

“Greensboro’s Big Bang Boom plays children’s music with a pop/rock sensibility”
Their first CD is partly a collection of songs that Folds began to sing to his son about seven years ago. Guest musicians on the album include Scott Manring, Tiger Butler, John Seagle and Britt “Snuzz” Uzzell.

Girl Trombone Player
Nancy McCracken’s record features standards from the 1920s through the 1950s, from jazz to blues to swing to Dixieland to the Big Band era. Although “Girl Trombone Player” is her first solo effort, she’s accompanied by musicians she’s played with for years including Scott Manring (guitar, banjo, mandolin), John Trotta (piano), her husband Jay (drums), and Scott Adair (saxophone) is featured on several tunes.
News & Record

BRUCE PIEPHOFF Sogni D’Oro Flying Cloud 050
Bruce’s 15th album. “He creates a solid backdrop to his writing with his own guitar and harmonica, but adds a touch of sophistication that pulls his sound together with Scott Manring on slide, dobro, octave mandolin and cavaquinho.”
News & Record

Greensboro’s finest

October 14, 2008

If you listen closely, you’ll hear Scott’s guitar stylings on a number of recordings by local songwriters in a wide variety of genres—-jazz, swing, country, rock, roots, Celtic, and always, good.

Big Bang Boom
BR Boys
Bruce Piephoff
Clare Fader
Dakota Joe
David Sheppard
Dick Tarrier
Jim Avett
Laurelyn Dossett
Martha Bassett
Molly McGinn
Nancy McCracken
Rhiannon Giddens
Scott Adair
Sam Frazier
Scott Sawyer
The Swampcats
The Walker Family Band