Scotty was born a native Oklahoman at Concho Oklahoma in the Cheyenne/Arapaho Indian Hospital. Proud of his Potawatomie heritage, he has lived in Harrah Oklahoma for the past 24 years.
At the age of eight he began singing and playing the guitar on radio, stage and TV. He has appeared with such stars as George Morgan, Faron Young, Carl Smith, Red Foley, Brenda Lee, Ernest Tubb, Marvin Rainwater and many others of the Grand Ole Opry and Ozark Jubilee. He also appeared on the Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport, Louisiana as a special guest in April and November of 1976. Both were sell-out performances. He has also appeared on the Oklahoma Opry in Oklahoma City.
Over the years, Scotty has had several bands of his own and has written several country and gospel songs as well as recording them. Presently, he has a band "SET'N-PRETTY - a bluegrass/country/gospel group - singing lead vocal and playing the dobro. He also plays the guitar and bass.
Tommie - Scotty's wife - is of Cherokee heritage and is in her own right an accomplished singer and spoon player. She sings harmony primarily and sometimes lead vocal as well.
Since Tommie joined Scotty in his music, they have appeared on several shows together. These have included appearances at the Oklahoma Opry in Oklahoma City, Mountain View, Arkansas as well as numerous bluegrass festivals, promoting their bluegrass festival. They also spent a week in Avoca, Iowa in September of 1999 at the traditional music fest. They host a bluegrass jamboree the fourth Saturday of each month at the Harrah Music Hall. Their band, SET'N PRETTY, plays at least once a season at the Oklahoma Bluegrass Club shows and the Greater Oklahoma Bluegrass Music Society. In October of 2002, they will be at Silver Dollar City, Branson MO the 7-11th.
Scotty and Tommie have recently released their first CD, The Angel Song. The fine talent of "The Arbuckles" in this endeavor backs them.
In August of this year they will host the fourth year of the Midwest Bluegrass Festival. Begun as an effort to increase bluegrass music appreciation and participation in the central Oklahoma area, this festival has received great response and they hope to continue it for several years. You can find details of this festival at their web site as well as appearances elsewhere by this popular duo. www.geocities.com/tommiehoward/
A big fan of traditional music, they specialize in playing only traditional country, bluegrass and gospel songs. Their most requested number is a song co-written by Gene Autry in 1947 and sung in his first full-color move, The Strawberry Roan in 1948. This is also the title song of their new CD, The Angel Song.
Mike Panjuscek, VP/General Mgr., Radio Station WKZV-AM, Washington PA writes: Thanks so much for your super fine bluegrass CD--you can bet it will be aired on WKZV. My picks first are #1-4-6-7-9-10-12 plus #2 and 5.
Bob Everhart of Tradition Magazine writes as the first part of his review- Scotty & Tommie Howard are two of my favorite old-timey bluegrass performers. I remember the first time I saw them was down in Gene Autry, OK, and I was so impressed with their version of Long Journey Home I went right out and learned it from their recording. Scotty has a really fine voice, sincere, honest, pure and Tommie adds that just right harmony. Did I mention Scotty plays one fine Dobro? In the old style, just right. The welcome mat is always out for them at Avoca IA.
Check out the artist's website:
1. Smokey Mountain Smoke
2. The Angel Song
3. Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms
4. You're the Nearest Thing to Heaven
5. Heaven Bound Train
6. Before I Met You
7. It May Be Silly but Ain't It Fun
8. I Overlooked An Orchid
9. I'll Be Somewhere Listening
10. Long Journey Home
11. Long Black Veil
12. Never Ending Love