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New Writing Pages

I’ve just updated this site with some of my writing, including some old interviews and reviews. I’ll be posting a lot more, including some poetry and fiction soon. Stay tuned.

NEW CD: The Harmonic Tone Revealers


John Reischman, Sharon Gilchrist, and I have released our new recording: The Harmonic Tone Revealers. You can order downloads and CDs at and downloads at Bandcamp, and it’s also available, on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc. This was a blast to make and I hope people enjoy our take on some of the gems of the traditional old-time and bluegrass canon. Here’s what I said about it in the liner notes, along with a tune list.

In our past recordings together, including each of our debut recordings, John and I have tended to focus on our own instrumental compositions, but with this trio recording with Sharon, we’ve chosen traditional and “sounds like traditional” tunes that sound at home on our instruments and under our fingers. That they also come from or are associated with many of our greatest musical heroes—Bill Monroe, Clarence and Roland White, Kenny Baker, Doc Watson, and a bevy of great fiddlers—is probably not accidental. We didn’t set out to record a tribute to all these fine folks, but it looks like we have, most likely because it’s impossible for us to escape their influence. The focus of this recording became clearer when we ventured into the wondrous Sage Arts studio in Arlington, Washington, thanks to the generosity of Ed Littlefield, Erick Jaskowiak, and Fred Forssell. The sound of us sitting in a circle around a small forest of mics and simply playing tunes in this wonderful sounding room, shepherded by Erick’s engineering genius, inspired us to keep it simple, an aural document of a fortuitous meeting: a couple of days in November 2015 and a couple more in April 2016. —Scott Nygaard

Half Past Four Traditional, from Ed Haley

Cousin Sally Brown Traditional, from Marcus Martin

Midnight on the Water Luke Thomasson

My Father’s Footsteps Bill Monroe

I Am a Pilgrim Traditional, with a nod to Clarence and Roland White

The Girl Who Broke My Heart Traditional Irish, from Kevin Burke

Little Sadie Traditional, thanks to Doc Watson

The Road to Malvern Jim Childress

Queen of the Earth, Child of the Stars Traditional, from Edden Hammonds

Sail Away Ladies Traditional, from Kenny Baker

Little Liza Jane Traditional, from JP Fraley

My True Love Away Traditional, from Eliza Carthy and Kate Rusby

Reischman, Nygaard, and Gilchrist live on the Roots Channel

On our last tour, John, Sharon, and I played at Empty Sea Studios in Seattle, and the Roots Channel just posted video of our performance. Check it out here.

Reischman, Nygaard, and Gilchrist Tour and Recording

I’m excited to be doing some gigs with the fabulous John Reischman and Sharon Gilchrist in October. We’ll be recording in the Pacific Northwest in early November and doing some warm-up gigs on the way North. Here’s the itinerary:

Tuesday Oct 28, House Concert, Berkeley, CA. Email for reservations and information.

Wednesday Oct 28, The Headwaters Room of Geos Institute, 84 Fourth Street, Ashland, Oregon, 7 pm. Call 541-552-1665 for tickets.

Thursday Oct 29, Summit Community Center, Blodgett (near Corvallis), Oregon

Friday Oct 30, House Concert, Portland Oregon

Saturday Oct 31, Empty Sea Studios, Seattle, Washington

Sunday Nov 1, YWCA Grand Ballroom, Bellingham, Washington


Ship in the Clouds Sets Sail


Ship in the Clouds is a new trio with yours truly, Jake Schepps (banjo), and Alisa Rose (fiddle), playing an eclectic mix of string music, including Bartok, Brazilian choro, and original bluegrass-oriented instrumental tunes. We’ll set sail with a short Northern CA tour.

Nov 13: DuendeOakland, CA, 8 pm. Ship in the Clouds.

Nov 14: ViracochaSan Francisco, CA. Ship in the Clouds and the Rob Reich Trio.

Nov 15: Music Near the HearthSunnyvale, CA. 6:30 pm. Ship in the Clouds.

Nov 16: Arcata PlayhouseArcata, CA. 8 pm. Ship in the Clouds.

Peghead Nation Is Live!

Peghead Nation Is Live!

As many of you know, for the last 10 months or so, I, along with my partners Dan Gabel and Teja Gerken, have been hard at work on a new roots-music instruction, gear, and news site called Peghead Nation, which I am overjoyed to announce is now live!!

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We’ve got 15 courses in various styles of guitar, dobro, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, and ukulele, with illustrious instructors like Bill Evans, Mike Witcher, Sharon Gilchrist, Teja Gerken, Stevie Coyle, Brittany Haas, Chad Manning, Orville Johnson, Marcy Marxer, Adrianne Serna, and yours truly.

I’m teaching two courses: Flatpicking Guitar and Weekly Guitar Workout, a series of weekly exercises designed to help guitarists learn the fingerboard. We’ll also have CD reviews, performance videos, instrument demos, and more. So please check it out, sign up for a course (or two), and let us know what you think of our new Peghead Nation.

Sleeping Lady (Fairfax, CA) with Teja Gerken and Mark Goldenberg, Sept. 10

Come on out to the Sleeping Lady in my hometown of Fairfax, CA, for a little guitar round-robin with fingerstylist supreme Teja Gerken and sideman-to-the-stars (and phenomenal solo guitarist) Mark Goldenberg.

Sept. 10, Sleeping Lady Cafe, 23 Broadway, Fairfax, CA. 9 – 11 pm. 

House Concert with David Grier, Santa Cruz, July 13

I’ll be doing a house (backyard) concert with the amazing David Grier at Steve Palazzo’s house in Santa Cruz, CA, on Sunday July 13. We’ll each do a short solo set and then a set together. Email for reservations.

Peghead Nation IndieGoGo Campaign


As some of you know, I’m in the process of launching a new roots-music instruction, news, and gear site for players of guitar, mandolin, banjo, dobro, fiddle, bass, and ukulele. It’s called Peghead Nation and it will launch in May 2014.

Peghead Nation is the brainchild of three former Acoustic Guitar magazine editors: myself, Teja Gerken, Dan Gabel. With Peghead Nation’s subscription-based e-learning courses, musicians will learn to play their favorite instruments with some of the best teachers in the roots music community. They will also stay up-to-date with the latest happenings and news from the roots music world with our video demonstrations of new instruments and gear, reviews of great new albums and videos, backstage conversations with touring musicians, thought-provoking and humorous columnists, and much more.

Before we get started however, we need a little financial support, so we’ve launched an IndieGoGo fundraising campaign. Please check it out and help if you can:



John Reischman, Scott Nygaard, and Sharon Gilchrist, Mar. 20 – 23

John Reischman, Scott Nygaard, and Sharon Gilchrist tour in Northern California

 The acoustic power trio of mandolinist John Reischman, guitarist Scott Nygaard, and bassist/mandolinist Sharon Gilchrist blends traditional bluegrass and folk styles with their own personalized visions of contemporary acoustic music, reshaping old melodies and composing new music based on traditional forms with an improvisatory flair and melodic richness. Reischman and Nygaard, both Grammy winners revered in the acoustic world for their melodic virtuosity and impeccable tone, have been performing together off and on since the early ‘90s, when they played on each others’ solo recording debuts for Rounder Records. They are joined by Gilchrist, whose mandolin and bass playing have been in high demand for years, gracing the bands of acoustic and bluegrass icons Darol Anger, Peter Rowan, Tony Rice, Laurie Lewis, and others. Reischman’s most recent album, Walk Along John, was described by Bluegrass Today as combining “blazing bluegrass, stately old time melodies, and even reckless, seat-of-the-pants improvgrass,” a fitting description of what you can expect to hear from these three empathetic musicians. 

Thursday, March 20, Tiburon, CA, Schoenberg Guitars, 8:00 pm,

Friday, March 21, Ukiah, CA. House Concert, Split Rock Ranch, 7:30 pm. Contact info:  

Saturday, March 22, Santa Cruz, CA, House Concert, 8:00 pm. Contact info:

Sunday, March 23, Arcata, CA, Arcata Playhouse, 8:00 PM.