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Journal Courier | White Hall native’s songwriting gets attention

WHITE HALL — A White Hall man whose songwriting has brought music-industry attention to his work is weaving more stories through his latest release.

Growing up, Scott Wyatt would spend time with his grandmother, who listened to her favorite artist: Elvis.

Music was all around Wyatt and it was artists like Johnny Cash, Eric Church, John Mayer and Jason Aldean that inspired him to give it a go himself. Years later, Wyatt would produce two albums and would be nominated for Songwriter of the Year at the Nashville Universe Awards in 2014 and 2016.

Wyatt graduated from North Greene High School in 2005 and moved to Chicago to pursue his music career. He got together with an indy pop-rock band that toured for a couple of years with some success, such as playing shows at the Soto Cano Air Base in Honduras and in Bogota, Colombia.

He took a break in 2009, recovering from the tours and the traveling. In 2010, he was back at it.

“At the end of 2010, I was off work one day and just decided to grab the old guitar out of the closet and just started writing,” he said. “When I stopped, I was burnt out from traveling and touring. When I started writing country music, it just came out naturally.”

While Wyatt had enjoyed his time with the indy pop-rock scene, he found a place of inspiration with country music. Country music, he said, is a storytelling genre with a lot of room for expressiveness.

“I’ve always been attracted to the idea of telling a story, whether it was this genre or the country music genre,” Wyatt said. “Country music today is kind of carefree. It used to be ‘I lost my truck and dog and wife,’ and now it’s … about back roads and cold beer and jean shorts. I like to try to stay more on the story side of things.”

Since 1997, Wyatt has been playing music on his guitar and that has given him time to hone his music writing. He said that anything can be an inspiration for a song, from a simple chord to a fun idea.

His latest album, “The…

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