Contemporary singing and songwriting duo, Garcia and Scott consists of Dalia Garcia, who transplanted to Nashville from South Carolina and her native Nashville husband, Gary Scott. They are firmly committed to their music and to each other. Since 2007, they’ve performed non-stop at clubs, theaters and festivals all over the south and Midwest without a backup band, forcing them to develop a sound that’s all their own. Strong lead and harmony vocals, topped off with Scott’s percussive guitar style and Garcia’s percussion, fill the bill and the room. Down In Jimmy's Basement, represents that trademark sound.
It’s been over 4 years since Garcia and Scott released their first, self-titled CD. The duo’s deliberate rise is happening the old fashioned way, by working a lot, growing their fan base and honing their sound in the process. Their new 13-song CD, Down In Jimmy’s Basement reflects that seasoning and their vision as artists. The album has “great lyrics and a rich sound.” – Grady Kirkpatrick, Wyoming Public Radio Program Director.
Garcia and Scott know what they want to say, and how they want to say it. Their spunky Rock-Americana project showcases their songwriting. Smart, spirited songs take us on a gritty and honest soul search. Accompanied by driving bass and drums, Garcia sings, “fear is your closest friend/you tend to hold him tight ‘cause he knows where you’ve been.” Her bluesy anthem, Make a Change, challenges the listener to, “Stop talking about it, and Make a Change!” Scott’s song, A Better Way is a plea for rethinking how we live on Earth. It’s neither preachy nor political, just matter of fact. Heavy drums and guitar beckon the listener, then Scott sings, “When you go home in the evening/and you’re welcomed by the light/say a prayer for the miner’s widow/who’s home alone tonight.” He reminds us that we’re all in this together.
Down In Jimmy’s Basement is further evidence of the duo’s abilities as performers and producers. Both are strong singers and musicians. Whether they’re singing lead or harmony, their vocals are pure and focused. And, the pair knows how to build a song. Working side by side in the studio, they keep each other in check making sure that no song is overly done. Garcia says, “if a particular track doesn’t help tell the story or push the song forward, it doesn’t stay.” Each song is organically grown. Scott says. “We go into the studio with lyrics and a rough melody and let the song speak to us. It tells us what it needs.”
Garcia says, “we come from very different worlds musically, but it works. I spent my childhood in Madrid, Spain, so I have the Spanish influence. When my family moved back to the states, I was immediately drawn to singers like Ella, Tina and Barbara. I spent endless hours listening to their songs, then putting on ‘musicals’ for my family.” Scott cut his teeth on traditional country and rock at the same time. “When I was a kid, my dad would sit me down, put a guitar in my hands, drop the needle on Ray Price’s Night Life album and say, ‘this is all you need to learn how to play music.’ I loved that, but then I’d go upstairs, put on my headphones and play along with bands like The Police, Van Halen, Cheap Trick and Journey.” Although they come from different places on the musical map, this diverse music mix offers the same result as an eclectic group of guests at a dinner party; it’s lively and it’s interesting.
The Garcia and Scott story is a little bit like a fairy tale. They had both nearly given up on relationships until fate seemed to intervene. It was a beautiful May afternoon in Paducah, KY at the Lowertown Art and Music Festival. His band had just played; hers was setting up to perform. Scott also emceed the event. Preparing to introduce her band, Al Delory’s Salsa en Nashville, he saw her smile and gorgeous green eyes and nearly fell off the bandstand. As she climbed on stage, Scott spontaneously planted a seed. “I leaned over and told her I’d be willing to change my name.” She was pleasantly shocked. He watched intently as Garcia performed. For him, it was over.
After the show, he caught up with her under an old Texaco sign on the corner of 7th and Madison Streets. The two talked. He asked her out and she said, “yes.” They lived two hours apart, so the next two weeks involved endless hours on the phone. This gave them plenty of time to lay it on the line. When they met for their first date in Nashville, the ice had been broken. Their first kiss across the dinner table sealed the deal.
Months later, they were off to Oxford, OH where he’d taken a job as the News Director at WMUB, a local NPR member station. She quickly started doing commercial work in the Greater Cincinnati area. They both continued to play music in separate bands. Then, fate came knocking again.
While Garcia was off at a commercial shoot one afternoon, Scott got a call at home from their musician friend, John Kogge. He asked if they could fill in for him at Little Sheba’s, a bar in Richmond, IN. They had never performed together. Scott said “yes” anyway. When she got home from work, he announced the news of their first gig as Garcia and Scott. “I thought he was crazy,” Garcia says with a laugh, “but we worked hard and performed our first show as Garcia and Scott.” Though the sparseness was a little intimidating for them both, they loved it. And, the crowd loved them.
From that first show, their job offers seemed to grow exponentially. So much so, they were considering leaving their day jobs to play music. Fate swoops in again and makes their decision easy. Scott lost his day job in 2009 when the economy tanked. So, they decided to shoot for the stars and take their music full time. Garcia and Scott have gone from a small bar in Indiana, to performing at festivals, concert series, opera houses and theaters in 8 states so far. Their goal is the world.
Although sometimes hard to remember, Garcia and Scott had individual lives before the duo. The lovely Garcia is a former Miss South Carolina. She was the first Hispanic to don the coveted crown. Garcia toured the world for nearly 8 years with Julio Iglesias, singing the duet “All of You” with him nightly. She says the experience was, “a world class education in music. I learned that the world really is your stage.” She also had a record deal with Universal Music Mexico and toured the country to promote her album, Resandole A Dios. That was all preparation for Garcia and Scott.
In addition to playing music most of his life, Scott spent nearly 10 years in a public radio newsroom. He was a news director, reporter and producer working at NPR member stations in Murray, KY and Oxford, OH. Scott produced 12 national news features for NPR. He says it was good training ground for songwriting, “I learned how to tell a complicated story in under 4 minutes. A well-written news story should grab you from the first sentence and keep you until the end...just like a good song.”
Their proudest achievement so far is their new album, Down In Jimmy’s Basement. A year and a half in the making, the 13-song CD fully represents the evolution of their sound since that first night at Little Sheba’s. Down In Jimmy’s Basement is a soul search that takes the listener on a life journey of sorts. Though the songs come from a very personal place, they definitely resonate with all who listen. Fans are already saying things like, “this CD ROCKS!” and “Solid production from the first song to the last.” We hope you’ll listen and agree.