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New Age: Solo Instrumental Moods: Featuring Guitar Folk: Contemporary Celtic Easy Listening: Background Music Moods: Type: Acoustic

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United States - Idaho


Scott Balsai

Having been born and reared in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania from the ‘50’s through the ‘70’s, Balsai had the fortune of being located in an unusually rich musical milieu. Home of the “Godfrey Daniels” coffee house, Scott had the opportunity to cross paths, both on stage and off stage, with the likes of John Gorka and Steve Kimock, among others. In fact, Scott first learned his way around the guitar neck with some cursory help from Steve while they both were barely out of high school.
In 1980 Scott walked the entire Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. (A couple of photographs he took while hiking the AT are part of the graphics on two of his CD's.) He says he did this because he needed to think about what he would do with his life and with his guitar. Then in 1981, pulled by his love for the outdoors, he moved to Pocatello, Idaho where he became an English teacher in the Pocatello School District.
Although he has been retired from teaching since 2011, he says that... "...some of the most ardent and polite listeners of mine have been those students in my classes over the years that I have taught in the Pocatello School District. A few of those English students of mine also became guitar students during the lunch hour. I suppose the best thing I could have done with my guitar for most of my working career was to use it as a teaching tool in my classes, as I did. The apparent effect it had on my students and their learning was, and still is, more valuable to me then anything else I could have possibly done with it."
He hopes that his playing may inspire you too and bring you peace and joy in your life as well. He says, "If this happens, then all of the countless hours I have spent teaching myself to play have been all worthwhile."
While living in Pocatello, Scott has worked with a few local, and national, favorites such as Steve Eaton and his son Marcus Eaton. In the last ten years or so, he also has gotten to be good friends with such nationally recognized players as Bill Mize and Michael Gulezian, two of his favorite acoustic fingerstyle players. Both of these players have graciously encouraged Scott to become more active in performing out, recording, and getting more involved in the contemporary acoustic guitar scene.
Other influences of his have been Will Ackerman, Jorma Kaukonen, Alex De Grassi, Leo Kottke, Billy McLaughlin, Pat Metheny, Chris Proctor, Ed Gerhard, Norman Blake, John Hartford, Duane Allman as well as a host of famous finger pickin’ singer-songwriters such as Paul Simon, Gordon Lightfoot, Peter, Paul, and Mary, James Taylor, Jim Croce, Don McLean, John Denver, Eric Anderson, Tom Rush, Doc and Merle Watson, Merle Travis, Chet Atkins, and England’s Tir Na Nog, John Martyn, Ralph McTell, John Renbourn,and many others.
Scott says, " 'Acoustic Reflections' is the collective name I give to my compositions. Each composition represents or 'reflects' an experience or anecdote in my life. For me, the music seems to capture the experience and helps me to relive it."
On his website Taylor Guitars says of Scott : “Balsai's 'acoustic reflections' . . . glimmer with the rich, hypnotic pulse of a sun-dappled stream . . . his bright rippling notes ring with sparkling clarity . . ."
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