‘Music in Mason’ Performer Scotty Bratcher Reflects on Career

Meghan Dincler | Staff Writer

Bratcher performing onstage at the Music in Mason festival.

Inspiration for musicians can come in different ways, but if they really want to break into the music industry, many aspiring musicians look to more experienced artists and bands for help. 

One artist who testifies to drawing inspiration from other bands is blues musician Scotty Bratcher, who recently performed at the Music in Mason festival. Even after 30 years, he said that some of his biggest inspiration is drawn from blues and rock-based bands such as Stevie Ray Vaughn, The Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule, AC/DC and Blackberry Smoke.

When asked what sets blues music apart from others, he talked about the aspects that drew him to the genre.

“I think it’s more real than a lot of things,” Bratcher said. “That’s kind of what I think makes blues so special is that it forms a relationship between the crowd and the band that’s playing.”

Bratcher said that with his passion and love for music, the rush that comes from playing on stage is an experience like no other.

“It’s like building a house,” Bratcher said. “Every show you can walk away from it going, ‘I did that with my own hands, with the things that I’ve learned in life.’ I think that’s probably the best part about it.”

Although inspiration can be hard to come by, Bratchet said, it is important for aspiring musicians to keep trying.

 “Don’t quit when you get frustrated,” Bratcher said. “It’s that way with anything… none of this stuff is easy. But you can’t give up.”

Photos by Meghan Dincler.