Proto-punk Country-Alt legend Scotty Karate was born in Oklahoma and raised in Michigan.
In the mid 90’s, his band the Plumbobs played numerous shows and even recorded a Budwieser radio commercial with their Detroit Municipal Recordings label mate Goober and the Peas, which included pre-fame Jack White. Unique artistry and unabashed rock ability led Scotty deep into the world of Honky Tonk and Tejano around southwest Texas where he recorded his first solo demos with Grammy winner Chris Perez.
In 2004 Scotty Karate moved to New York City and started Scotch Bonnet with childhood pal, Derek Stanton of Awesome Color. Ultimately, Awesome Color was signed to Ecstatic Peace and Scotch Bonnet became a recording project aimed at creating total T.Rextasy/Bowie-esque americana. John Peel, Britian’s most influential broadcaster, played from these recordings weekly on his BBC Radio show up until his death. Awesome Color hired Scotty as a guest vocalist during U.S. tours with Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr. During this time, Scotty began performing as a one man band playing his break neck paced hillbilly garage rock while keeping a live rattlesnake inside of his bass drum.
Scotty Karate released his solo album, “Get in the Teepee” in 2005. Many of the songs were featured in the feature film, ‘Buster’ (Governess Films 2008), in which Scotty co-starred as a homeless street performer. Scotty has a history of outstanding dramatic performance and was the first 2 time State Champion of Competitive Story Telling and Poetry. His high energy slurry of honky tonk influenced, punk country sets inspired Dark Horse Brewery to create a beer in his name. Scotty Karate Scotch Ale is available in over a dozen states and winner of the silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival. Scotty is currently recording his second solo album and will begin touring Summer 2015. He is also playing guitar, banjo, mandolin and singing lead vocals and duets in his spooky Detroit blugrass band The Webbs.