Scott B. Bomar


Scott B. Bomar
grew up in a music business family in Nashville, Tennessee before relocating to Los Angeles. After several years as a staff songwriter at Sony/ATV Music, he moved to the other side of the desk to work for Universal Music Group. In 2013 he joined the staff of BMG, where he's now the Senior Director overseeing the company's music-related book publishing efforts.


As a researcher, writer, and lifelong student of music history, Scott has worked on an array of projects with the Library of Congress' National Recording Archive, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Country Music Hall of Fame, Gibson Guitars, the Grammy Museum, Leiber and Stoller Music, Jim Marshall Photography, Sirius XM, the Americana Music Association, Omnivore Recordings, and Bear Family Records. He was nominated for a 2015 Grammy award for his liner notes to the CD compilation The Other Side of Bakersfield, which he also produced. His 2019 box set The Bakersfield Sound: Country Music Capital of the West, 1940-1974 (featuring 10 CDs and a 224-page hardcover book) was named one of the best box sets of the year by The New York Times, Variety, and Rolling Stone.

Scott graduated from Belmont University in Nashville and completed his Master's degree at Vanderbilt University. His book Southbound, a comprehensive history of Southern rock, was awarded "Best Historical Research in Recorded Rock and Popular Music" by the Association for Recorded Sound Collections in 2015. He has also co-authored several books, including The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and California Country (with Randy Poe and Robert Price); The "Odessey": The Zombies in Words and Images (with The Zombies and Cindy Da Silva); Every Night is Saturday Night: A Country Girl's Journey to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (with Wanda Jackson); Johnny Cash at Folsom & San Quentin (with Marty Stuart and Amelia Davis), and How Sweet It Is: A Songwriter's Reflections on Music, Motown, and the Mystery of the Muse (with Lamont Dozier). He is currently at work on his forthcoming book Bakersfield Sounds: The Rise and Fall of Country Music's Nashville West.

Along with Paul Duncan, Scott is the co-host and co-producer of Songcraft: Spotlight on Songwriters, a bi-weekly podcast featuring in-depth interviews with noteworthy songwriters, such as Smokey Robinson ("My Girl"), Bill Withers ("Lean on Me"), Loretta Lynn ("Coal Miner's Daughter"), Steve Cropper ("The Dock of the Bay"), Lori McKenna ("Girl Crush"), Desmond Child ("Livin' on a Prayer"), Toby Gad ("All of Me"), Vince Gill ("Go Rest High on that Mountain"), and Siedah Garrett ("Man in the Mirror").

Scott lives in Inglewood, California with his wife, Melanie, and his 1972 Ford pickup truck, Irma.