Frontman. Singer-songwriter. World-renowned upright bassist. Multi-instrumentalist. For thepast decade, Scott Mulvahill has left his unique mark on the intersecting worlds of Americana,bluegrass, folk, jazz, rock & roll, and roots music. Already acclaimed for his work alongside icons like Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby, he turns a new page with Himalayas, a versatile solo album that celebrates the full spread of his abilities.
Raised in Houston, Mulvahill cut his teeth as a member of Ricky Skaggs’ acclaimed band, Kentucky Thunder. The group toured internationally for five years, backed by the bottom-heavy pulse of Mulvahill’s upright bass. Along the way, he also composed music of his own, shining a light on the genre-jumping influences — Paul Simon’s sophisticated pop, James Taylor’s folk, Jaco Pastorius’ innovative jazz, and more — that would eventually inspire the material on his solo debut, Himalayas. His performances as part of Skaggs’ nightly shows laid the brickwork for Mulvahill’s transition from hotshot sideman to compelling frontman.
Encouraged by musical mentor Bruce Hornsby, Mulvahill developed a unique approach to his songwriting — one that mixed his chops as an upright bassist with hook-heavy melodies and compelling narratives. Himalayas spotlights that distinctive style. A true “musician’s musician,” Mulvahill fills his solo debut with complex fingerwork and innovative progressions. At the same time, Himalayas is a song-driven record that focuses its attention not upon Mulvahill’s virtuosity, but upon the sheer listenability of his material. This is acoustic-leaning roots music of the highest caliber, shot through with elastic vocals, dobro, fiddle, and the honest, biographical lyrics of a songwriter who gave up an enviable position in Skaggs’ band to pursue his own muse.
Zach started playing guitar and writing songs as a ten year old boy in Denver, Colorado. He continued to hone his craft and plucked away at tunes by his first songwriting heroes, Jose Gonzalez and Jack Johnson. While still in high school he released a self titled EP that spread quickly through the Denver community and eventually lead to recording a full length album titled “The Cool Down” with the aid of songwriter and producer Brett Dennen. National tours followed with a mix of headlining and supporting shows. In the past 7 years Zach has opened for a long list of his own musical heroes including Rodrigo y Gabriela, John Butler Trio, Brett Dennen, Rogue Wave, as well as Michael Franti and Spearhead at Red Rocks Amphitheater.
In 2014 Zach released “Speed Checked by Aircraft” a Kickstarter funded record about growing up and dealing with creative pressure from external forces. After a brief break came the “Up! EP” in February 2016, a small compilation of songs about self love best summed up with a lyric from the EP’s fifth track “By the Grace” which goes “When your heart is open / And your thoughts are focused / You can heal what’s broken / Only by the grace of your love”.
Zach’s newest album “Artifacts” is a collection of songs recorded all over the U.S. while still on tour. These songs were patiently earned. Because it was recorded in many different cities, the album reflects upon many different periods of Zach’s life. It includes the singles “The Harvest”, “Cigarettes” and “Lips Like Medicine”.