“Mickelson offers fervently emotive vocals and melodic precision that reminds the ears of Steve Earle and Todd Snider.” -GLIDE MAGAZINE
Scott Mickelson is an artist/producer from San Francisco. His debut release Flickering was on the Grammy ballot for Best Folk Album and Best Roots Music Performance. His follow up full-length A Wondrous Life received great reviews in the US and abroad which led to his first European tour in 2019.
As a producer his worked includes the critically acclaimed “Blanket The Homeless” benefit compilation which featured Grammy winner Fantastic Negrito. In 2020, Mickelson released Drowning In An Inflatable Pool. Mickelson was forced to cancel his tours due to Covid but the record still received rave reviews in the U.S. and Europe. The first single, “Jagged Tooth” was accompanied by a fantastic animated video. Last November, he released “UNarmed American” the first video/single from the forthcoming full-length Known To Be Unknown. It premiered on Americana U.K. and led to his invitation to The Mavericks Festival in the U.K.
Mickelson has appeared in NPR Radio, Huffington Post, CBS Morning Show, No Depression, Glide Magazine, Paste Magazine, PopMatters, TheBayBridged, Alternative Press Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, Mix Magazine etc. He also gained national recognition after winning a band search contest sponsored by MTV/7-Up with a prize of $15,000 and a song in the feature film Along The Way.
“Drowning in an Inflatable Pool combines an anxious energy with alluring melodies to create a remarkable musical experience” – TWANGVILLE
In the nineties, Fat Opie was managed by the legendary manager Elliot Roberts/Lookout Management (Neil Young, Tom Petty). While under contract in LA he had the opportunity to work side by side with Grammy arranger Jimmy Haskell (Steely Dan, Chicago, Simon & Garfunkel). At age seventeen he signed his first record deal with DSM Productions in NYC while playing infamous clubs like CBGB’s. His colorful earlier years in NY included playing with Dave Van Ronk and receiving career guidance from Sid Bernstein (Beatles promoter).
Born and raised in Massachusetts, Mickelson has lived in the Bay Area since the 80’s. In San Francisco, Mickelson can be seen performing at the top venues including The Fillmore and Great American Music Hall. When not on tour, Mickelson produces from his Marin studio.
“It’s American folk-Rock with a post punk edge, rustic but scarred.” – ALTERNATIVE PRESS MAGAZINE