Scott Mathews

Scott Mathews started out as one half of Durocs (renowned ceramic artist Ron Nagle was the other half), a Northern California new wave/power pop band that earned a U.S. cult following with their 1979 self-titled release; it was also a Top Ten record in parts of Europe. By then, Mathews had already caught the attention of the music industry and was getting work as a songwriter, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist (today he most frequently works as a producer). One of his first assignments was to produce Roy Orbison and "Pretty Woman" for a TV commercial; this was before rock in advertising was common practice. He's written songs for artists as diverse as Barbra Streisand ("Superman") to the Tubes; he's produced retro-revivalists like surf-guitarist Dick Dale and contemporary Americana, like the standard of the genre, John Hiatt's Riding With the King. He's played thousands of sessions with everyone from Bonnie Raitt and the Beach Boys to Keith Richards and he's participated in several Grammy (Robin Williams, the Beach Boys) and Oscar winning projects. His songs have been cut by Streisand, Dave Edmunds ("Closer to the Flame"), and NRBQ's Al Anderson (his songwriting partner), among many others in rock, pop, and blues. He's played with Ringo Starr, Elvis Costello, Eric Clapton, Steve Miller, Ry Cooder, Boz Scaggs, Bonnie Raitt, and Van Morrison, among other legendary performers and 70+ members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Various projects he has worked on total more than 20 million units sold. Mathews continues to work as a Northern California-based producer; he owns and operates TikiTown Studios in Marin County.
Denise Sullivan, Rovi