Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A Southern Christmas @ Red Clay Theatre

A Southern Christmas @ Red Clay Theatre
December 10, 2013

"Christmas is coming
The goose is getting fat
Please do put a penny in the old man's hat"

That is a song my mother used to sing to me and my siblings each year at Christmas. To this day I have no idea what it means or why she sang it to me, but I thought I'd share it with you anyway. :)

I hope you are enjoying time with family this holiday season and are celebrating with your own family traditions. The older I get, the more I value traditions and recognize their power of creating memorable moments.

Speaking of memorable moments...

My Christmas show is coming up and this is a tradition I plan on continuing for years to come. If you are in the Atlanta area on Saturday, December 14th, I hope you will join me and my friends at Red Clay Theatre (Duluth, GA). Jennifer Daniels, Mike Kinnebrew, Stephanie Staples and I will be sharing a mix of original and Christmas tunes on my favorite stage in the southeast. We are very excited for this show!

Check out this cool promo video from Jennifer Daniels team.

TICKETS are available at http://bit.ly/1bE6BGr

RSVP via FACEBOOK at http://on.fb.me/1bJd039

Whether you can make the show or not, I hope you have a very merry Christmas!


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

YouTube: LIVE at Red Clay Theatre

YouTube: LIVE at Red Clay Theatre
September 4, 2013

On July 13th I had the honor of opening for my friend Sarah Peacock at Red Clay Theatre (Eddie Owen Presents) in Duluth, GA. This place has got to be one of the best rooms for live music in the country! Seriously. I love this stage. More importantly, I love the people who are behind RCT. Eddie Owen has become a good friend over the past few years. He threw several opportunities my way when I was first trying to find my way in the Atlanta music scene, including an opening slot for The Civil Wars the first time they played at Eddie's Attic. Eddie cares about live music and it is evident in everything he does.

So, I am absolutely thrilled to release these six songs and not only give you acoustic versions of some of my songs you've heard on previous albums, but to display what an awesome-sounding room (which comes from an awesome culture that values live music) we have in Georgia. If you've never been to a show at Red Clay Theatre, you simply must. #lifeisinthesong

I hope you like these videos. Please share it. Six original songs, performed live, just me and a piano (a beautiful Hailun), at Red Clay Theatre.

And stay tuned! These recordings will soon be available on iTunes and many other online music stores.


"LIVE at Red Clay Theatre" - Kurt Scobie
Recorded July 13, 2013

1. The Ride
2. Oh How You Keep Me
3. The Romancer
4. The Wake
5. Renewed *NEW*
6. Cue

Special thanks to Derek ScearcĂ© for recording and editing these videos.
Special thanks to Jake Rye for mastering the audio.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Feeling Discouraged?

Feeling Discouraged?
August 29, 2013

Feeling discouraged?

So am I.

I mean, by the time you read this I might not be feeling this way. Actually, by the time I finish writing this blog I could be completely optimistic and positive, wondering why I am even writing this post. Discouragement is a feeling, and feelings are more temporary than Facebook's privacy settings.

My point is that it doesn't really matter how you feel (well, it kinda does, but...), what matters is that you push through that. I heard recently that your actions are like the engine of a train and your feelings are like the cars dragging behind. Don't trust your feelings to lead you. Rather, do what it is you know you need to do, and your feelings will follow.

Please note that I am not telling you to disregard your feelings altogether. But, don't let them dictate your actions. Let your actions dictate your feelings. Feel what you feel, but in the midst of discouragement and weariness press on. Move forward.

“Of course motivation is not permanent. But then, neither is bathing; but it is something you should do on a regular basis.” ― Zig Ziglar

My one word for 2013 is "do". No matter what I am feeling, I have committed to taking action. Now, I am not claiming that I have become a task-accomplishing machine. In fact, if I can be completely honest, I have failed this 2013 mantra more than I have succeeded. But, I haven't given up. And that is the key. Don't give up.

Don't give up.

Feeling discouraged? Most people stop just before a major breakthrough. Don't give up.

Don't give up.

Monday, August 12, 2013

In-The-Round w/ Joy, Carl, & Brooke

In-The-Round w/ Joy, Carl, & Brooke
August 12, 2013

Not only am I excited to share a bill with these fine songwriters, but I am extra excited to play this show IN-THE-ROUND. If you've never experienced this type of show before, I highly recommend it!

If you are planning on coming to the show (yay!) and have not heard any of the artists on the bill, be sure to get a taste of their music. Below are a few links from each of us. Remember to buy your tickets and RSVP on Facebook!

TICKETS: http://bit.ly/13gMsCy
FACEBOOK: http://on.fb.me/13s2Vzw




Poster by Joy Ike

Saturday, May 25, 2013


May 25, 2013

I am proud to announce that my recording session with Daytrotter has been posted! I am very excited and honored to have the opportunity to be a part of this community of artists. Check out the exclusive in-studio acoustic performance at http://www.daytrotter.com/#!/concert/kurt-scobie/20056499-37383658

Friday, May 17, 2013


May 17, 2013

Happy Friday!

Today, I want to give a shout out to Kevin Rowe. Kevin is a British singer/songwriter who is now based in Atlanta, GA. I met Kevin a couple years ago and, well, this guy has got "it". He is a fellow pianist, too, so his cool points are through the roof. :)

Kevin Rowe has some very awesome tings in the works, including some new music! I am excited for that! Hopefully we will be hearing new songs from him soon. For now, go listen to his previously-released stuff. It does not suck. I hope you will check him out and follow along with his journey. He's got a great story!

Here are a few places where you can connect with Kevin Rowe online.


Friday, May 3, 2013


May 3, 2013

Brandon has been a friend of mine for several years now, and he has some cool things going on. He is not only a skilled singer/songwriter, but his eye for photography has kept him busy as well. It seems like he is always working on a new project or releasing something exciting. Brandon is energetic and enthusiastic and it definitely comes through in his art.

Brandon's sound is comparable to Jack Johnson or Paul Simon, but he's definitely got a unique style. Check out his music, and if you ever get the chance, go see him live. He performs all around Atlanta pretty frequently. He also does private events, so if you need a singer/guitarist for your next party...

Here are a few places where you can connect with Brandon Crocker.


Wednesday, May 1, 2013


May 1, 2013

During my senior year of high school my classmates voted me as the "biggest procrastinator" in one of those silly senior surveys. At the time, I was just proud to get some recognition for something I was "good at". Well, these days I am not so proud of that "biggest procrastinator" title. I am doing all I can to accomplish what I need/want to accomplish by the deadlines I set.

If I can be completely honest, I don't think I have improved in this area. On a recent podcast I was listening to, Chris LoCurto and Rory Vaden were talking about this subject and I was reminded, once again, that this is something I need to work on. The following quote sums it up their conversation.

"Easy short-term choices lead to difficult long-term consequences. Meanwhile, difficult short-term choices lead to easy long-term consequences." -Rory Vaden

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Instagram: kurtscobiemusic

Instagram: kurtscobiemusic
April 28, 2013

I'm not sure what came over me. Last night, I felt like I was missing out on all the fun, and I downloaded it. I gave in. I was so proud of myself for resisting it for so long but in a matter of about 38 seconds, I undid everything I had worked for.

I am... (sigh)... on Instagram.

I finally caved. I can hardly believe it this morning. I hope I don't regret it. I'm scared. Feeling a little vulnerable. What if people don't like my photos? What if I turn into one of those people who posts all the time? What if... I... like it?

So many questions! So much at stake!

Wish me luck on this new journey. And if you have any Insta-tips (see what I did there?) feel free to help me out.

And if you use Instagram, follow me: kurtscobiemusic


Friday, April 26, 2013


April 26, 2013

Everyone needs to know Avi Wisnia.

I have known Avi for a couple years now and I had the honor of performing with him at the Tin Angel in Philadelphia recently. This guy is talented! I know I say this in every FFF post, but... you NEED to go check out this Philly singer-songwriter. He's just so... good. AND he is a piano-player, so he gets extra points in my book.

So... yeah. Avi is awesome. Check him out!

Here are a few places where you can connect with Avi Wisnia online.


Thursday, April 25, 2013

Touring Takes Trust

Touring Takes Trust
April 25, 2013

Greetings from Pennsylvania!

I am back out on the road for the Step by Step by Step Tour. On Monday I played at Sitwell's Coffeehouse in Cincinnati, OH (a very cool spot near the University of Cincinnati). But I had a problem...

When I cancelled my house concert in Ambler, PA to go home and take care of some personal stuff, I left my keyboard. I found out later that I didn't need to do that, but at the time I wanted to make sure the artist I was playing with that night, Joy Ike, had a keyboard to play. I wasn't sure she was bringing hers since she was taking a bus from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia.

Anyway, I left my keyboard.

Well, this presented a dilemma (uh, yeah...). Since I really didn't have time to make arrangements before Monday, I was scrambling to try and find a keyboard I could borrow or rent. At one point during the trip from Georgia to Ohio I was convinced that I would have to BUY a keyboard (which I cannot afford) so that I would have one to play that night. I even considered performing the show a capella. This was not looking good.

But, technology came through for me.

Actually, a couple awesome people came through for me. Technology got us connected, but it was the willingness of a couple amazing individuals (who didn't even know me) that saved the day. I was able to pick up a (very nice) keyboard before heading to Sitwell's. AND through this process, I was offered a place to stay, so I didn't have to get a cheap hotel in a sketchy part of Cincinnati. Awesome!

So, thank you Theresa, Amanda and Diane (and Diane's husband for helping me carry that beast of a keyboard up out of your basement)!

I've said this before and this story proves it. I am an "independent" artist, but I think "interdependent" better describes my world. This touring thing takes trust. And if you really think about it, LIFE takes trust. Life is risky. Whether you're traveling across the country or across the street, every day presents opportunities to trust others, yourself, and God.

I am learning quite a bit about trust these days. And I am finding that when we allow ourselves to be vulnerable and trust others, we will experience a fullness in life that we simply cannot have when we try to do everything alone.


Monday, April 8, 2013

Judah Helps Pack for the Tour

Judah Helps Pack for the Tour
April 8, 2013

Well, I hope I haven't forgotten anything! Judah "helped" me pack and I think he thought of everything but I'm sure I will end up 700 miles from home and realize there was just one more thing. As long as I remember my keyboard and clean underwear I'll be alright... right?

Keep me in your prayers over the next six weeks. In all honesty, I never really feel prepared for these trips. Not only could I forget to pack something, but there are so many elements that come into play that... well, you just hope it all works out. So many things beyond my control. Every tour is an act of trust for me. So, if you think of me out there, pray for my travels, my shows, and my encounters with people. AND pray for my family. It is tough to leave my wife and son for such a long time. Thankfully, they will be coming out onto the road with me for a few days, but for the majority of this six-week-long adventure, we will be apart. I'll need all the support I can get.

Wow! I didn't anticipate sharing all of THAT when I sat down to write this quick blog. I was just going to share the promo video because Judah is so dang cute in it. Thanks for reading these ramblings, anyway. Here's the video...

Friday, April 5, 2013

FEATURED FRIEND FRIDAY: Sarah Clanton Schaffer

FEATURED FRIEND FRIDAY: Sarah Clanton Schaffer
April 5, 2013

Photo by Ken N Laura
Since I met Sarah with Bethel Steele and Heather Mae, I feel it is appropriate to introduce you to them sequentially in this blog. Sarah Clanton Schaffer performed both solo AND with her touring comrades when I met her at Red Clay Theatre that momentous night in Duluth, GA.

If you're a sucker for the sound of the cello like I am, you need to check out this Atlanta-born artist. Go see her live. You'll like what you hear.

Here are a few places where you can connect with Sarah Clanton Schaffer:


Sunday, March 31, 2013

You Are an Heir to a Throne Not a Grave

You Are an Heir to a Throne Not a Grave
March 31, 2013

Happy Easter!

I thought this song was fitting for today. Enjoy "The Wake" LIVE from a living room. :)

"But when the time arrived that was set by God the Father, God sent his Son, born among us of a woman, born under the conditions of the law so that he might redeem those of us who have been kidnapped by the law. Thus we have been set free to experience our rightful heritage. You can tell for sure that you are now fully adopted as his own children because God sent the Spirit of his Son into our lives crying out, "Papa! Father!" Doesn't that privilege of intimate conversation with God make it plain that you are not a slave, but a child? And if you are a child, you're also an heir, with complete access to the inheritance." Galatians 4:4-7 http://bible.us/97/gal.4.4-7.msg

Friday, March 29, 2013


March 29, 2013

Bethel Steele is just... likable.

I met her (along with Heather Mae and Josh Harty) at Red Clay Theatre. Bethel Steele was touring with Heather Mae and Sarah Clanton Schaffer at the time and I had the pleasure of hanging out with the three of them after the Eddie Owen Presents Songwriter's Open Mic. It was SO cool to hang out with them. I'm telling you, that night in Duluth ranks as one of my favorites. I just love meeting touring musicians from different parts of the country.

Bethel Steele is based in Cambridge, MA but travels all over the place with her songs. Solid songs. I hope you will give her a listen.

Here are a few places where you can connect with Bethel:


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Step by Step by Step Tour Promo Images

Step by Step by Step Tour Promo Images
March 26, 2013

Big thanks to Justin Lubbe for designing the Step by Step by Step Tour promo images! He did a superb job. If you need any kind of graphic design work, Justin is your guy. Hit me up if you'd like his info. He can do posters, stickers, t-shirts, and much more.

Here's what he came up with for me...

Friday, March 22, 2013


March 22, 2013

Happy Friday! Today, I want to direct your attention to someone I met earlier this year at the Eddie Owen Presents Songwriter's Open Mic. Her voice and her songs are just solid! You definitely need to go listen to her music and even better, go see her live! She frequently tours across the U.S, so check her schedule for when she'll be performing near your city.

I am looking forward to performing with Heather when I am in Washington D.C. on May 16th. She was kind enough to invite me to open for her on her home turf. I am especially excited because the venue, Ebenezer's, is one that I thoroughly enjoyed playing on the "Ike, Eich, and Scobie Tour" a year ago. It will be great to share the stage with Heather Mae in D.C. If you live nearby, come see her (and me)!

If you just cannot make it to a show, you should at least check her out online. Here are a few places where you can connect with Heather:


Friday, March 15, 2013


March 15, 2013

The bragging on my friends continues. This week's "Featured Friend Friday" is New York singer/songwriter Caleb Hawley!

I met Caleb a few years ago at one of Atlanta's top venues for live music. We were both in the open mic line-up at Eddie's Attic in Decatur and decided we should do a show together. And we did. In early 2011 I had the distinct pleasure of performing in-the-round with Caleb Hawley AND Rachel Platten (who is another gem). It was an unforgettable night!

If you watch American Idol, you might have seen Caleb Hawley a couple years ago on the show. Steven Tyler was really excited about his audition that landed him a spot in Hollywood! Since then he has been touring the country with his unique sound and a live performance that is just amazing. I highly recommend you check him out.

Here are a few places you can connect with Caleb:


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

We Need You

We Need You
March 12, 2013

Race week is here!

Five days from today I will be running my third-ever half marathon (13.1 miles) as the leader of "Team Punita". In case you've missed the news, I am using my running as a platform to raise awareness and money for As Our Own. March 17th is the Georgia Publix Half Marathon. I am running for Punita.

Punita represents an unacceptably high number of orphans in India who inevitably end up in child prostitution. Human trafficking (slavery) is still a major problem in this world and I am speaking up for the millions of people who have had their voice, their freedom, robbed from them. I am running for Punita because she needs me to stand up for her. And she needs YOU!

She needs ALL of us to stand for her and so many other children who are in need of rescue.

Will you help? Will you give? Will you sacrifice for them?

In this last week before the race I am praying that several generous individuals will step up to make donations. I know that budgets are tight and the economy and blah blah blah... but honestly, most of you reading this live in the richest country in the world. Most of you, if you really wanted to, can find a way to give to this cause.

So, what is it going to be?

Will you join me in making history? Will you be a part of one of the greatest movements this world has ever seen?

Or will you buy that new toy/gadget/outfit/item-you-will-throw-away-in-a-year?

We need you.


Friday, March 8, 2013


March 8, 2013

Jared Mahone's music has been stuck in my head all day. Every day. Ever since he released his album "Mixtape".

Jared is one of those super rare, super nice guys who is super talented. It is easy to get all caught up in your ego when you are a (really good) touring singer/songwriter. But, this guy always makes time to sit with you and listen to your story. He genuinely cares about people.

I had a chance to catch up with Jared recently at a conference in Nashville. He is also a dad so we had a blast comparing daddyhood notes. After meeting with him I knew I had to give him a shout out on this blog. So, I hope you will check him out. I think you'll love his style.

Here are a few places online where you connect with Jared Mahone


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

My Beat-Boxing Six-Month-Old

My Beat-Boxing Six-Month-Old
March 5, 2013

My son, Judah, has learned a new sound. Watch the video below. How about them "beat-boxing" skills? :) https://plus.google.com/117223965132629807506/posts/8p16biyadcK

Friday, March 1, 2013

FEATURED FRIEND FRIDAY: Jeremy Ezell (The Well Reds)

FEATURED FRIEND FRIDAY: Jeremy Ezell (The Well Reds)
March 1, 2013

If this post sounds a little like I'm bragging, its because I am.

I'm super excited about what is to come for my friend Jeremy Ezell and his band The Well Reds. This group is one of the first bands I heard of when I moved to Atlanta in 2006. They were creating great stuff then, and have continued to create great stuff since.

And they're about to release MORE great stuff. Jeremy and the band are in the studio working on some new music and I just know it will be awesome. These boys just know how to create good art. See for yourself. Go grab this FREE download of "6 More Months" via NoiseTrade. www.noisetrade.com/thewellreds. And then go download the rest of that EP on iTunes. SO good!

Not only is the music relatable, Jeremy Ezell is super down-to-earth as well. He is one of those talented AND nice guys (rare, I know). So, I am really pulling for him. And you should really check him out. TWR really is a band to watch! Really.

Here are a few places you can connect with The Well Reds


Friday, February 22, 2013


February 22, 2013

You know who's awesome? Sarah Peacock!!!

I've known Sarah for a few years now and I am proud to call her a friend. She is one of those relentless independent singer/songwriters and watching her is a true inspiration. I actually played keys in her band a few times when I first started doing the full-time musician thing. We have both come a long way since those early days pounding the pavement in Atlanta.

Now, Sarah tours the country pretty much non-stop. If you ever get a chance to see her perform, do! You'll be amazed. Seriously. Her voice is so powerful, I am convinced that she could give Ann Wilson (Heart) a run for her money. She really is that good.


Sarah Peacock has a new album coming out on February 26th!! I have heard several of the new songs and I am really excited about it. Powerful songs! You can get a taste of it on her website www.sarahpeacockmusic.com (the music player is at the bottom of the page).

Here are a few places online where you can connect with Sarah Peacock

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Fire Bullets, Then Cannonballs

Fire Bullets, Then Cannonballs
February 19, 2013

I want to share what I think is one of the most important ideas that entrepreneurs and leaders (and artists, and producers, and...) need to understand.

In his book "Great by Choice", Jim Collins (Good to Great, Built to Last) talks about how the most successful companies are usually not the most innovative. The most successful leaders are not the ones who take the "all-in" risks or bet everything on a single idea. The most successful are those who use the  "fire bullets, then cannonballs" approach.

A bullet is an empirical test aimed at learning what works and that meets three criteria: 1. A bullet is low cost. Note: the size of a bullet grows as the enterprise grows; a cannonball for a $1 million enterprise might be a bullet for a $1 billion enterprise. 2. A bullet is low risk. Note: low risk doesn’t mean high probability of success; low risk means that there are minimal consequences if the bullet goes awry or hits nothing. 3. A bullet is low distraction. Note: this means low distraction for theoverall enterprise; it might be very high distraction for one or a few individuals. Collins, Jim (2011). Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck--Why Some Thrive Despite Them All (Kindle Location 1343). HarperBusiness. Kindle Edition.
Especially for creatives, it is easy to get excited about a new idea and immediately throw all you have into it. It is tempting to risk a lot of money, time and energy on a new idea, but I urge you to take another approach. Take the approach that super-successful people take. Fire bullets, then cannonballs.

Instead of writing all those songs, recording them, and releasing them as soon as you finish. Test them out first. Share them with your peers. Tweak them. Rewrite them. You might find that of those 10 songs you wrote, you really should only release five of them. Save your gunpowder.

Instead of spending a huge amount of money on an order of merch (an item you've never had before), do a short run first, even though the cost per unit might be higher. And before that, poll your Facebook friends. See how many "likes" you get when you post a photo of your new t-shirt idea. Save your gunpowder.

Whatever the idea, test it first. Don't just jump blindly into it. I know you think your widget is just about the most amazing thing anyone has ever thought of, ever, but give it some time. Give it some thought. Share it with a trusted friend and listen to what they have to say about it. Save your gunpowder by firing bullets to see what works. Then, when you hit a sweet spot, load up that cannonball and blast away.

A good way to destroy your career is to guess and use all your gunpowder and your only cannonball on a target that you think you might hit.

Innovation is important. Very important. But, so is (oh no, here comes the D word) discipline. You can still be creative and innovative while practicing discipline. In fact, you might see an increase in creativity when you add structure to your life and your business.

What are your thoughts? How can you test your ideas? Feel free to share your opinion about the "fire bullets, then cannonballs" approach.

Friday, February 15, 2013


February 15, 2013

Today, my friend Paul gets the shout-out on this Featured Friend Friday post! And honestly, he should probably be the first person to even get a mention on this blog. You see, Paul was quite possibly the first musician to hand me a mic when I landed on the music scene in Atlanta back in 2006.

Paul Douglas Sanner
Paul Douglas Sanner is one of the kindest and most enthusiastic people you will ever meet. His passion for providing a place for up-and-coming artists to share their music is unmatched. He hosts various open mics throughout the greater Atlanta area AND he has a YouTube channel dedicated to showcasing the hundreds of artists that come out to his open mics! He goes above and beyond... and beyond.

PDS is also a singer/songwriter himself. So, he knows how to relate to the musicians out there trying to "make a go" at the music thing. Paul knows how to connect with people and that definitely comes through in his music. Check out his feel-good country/folk sound at www.pauldouglasmusic.com. If you ever get a chance, look up Paul's show schedule the next time you are in the Atlanta area. He is sure to make your day better.

Here are a few places you can connect with Paul Douglas Sanner online.


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Mixtape

Valentine's Mixtape
February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day! 

A few friends and I have a little something special for you this Valentine's. Enjoy a free download of this 7-song "Valentine's Mixtape" available exclusively through NoiseTrade. Artists who contributed to this project are Carl Dylan, Mike Kinnebrew, Joy Ike, Sherilyn, The Well Reds, Sarah Peacock, and... me!

Although this music is available for free, you have the option to leave a TIP! 100% of what we receive will be donated to an awesome organization called Not For Sale. NFS is working to bring an end to human trafficking and we are proud to support them through this project. For more information on the work this non-profit does, visit notforsalecampaign.org.

For more information and to download, visit noisetrade.com/lovecollective.

Share the love! Please tell all your friends about our "Valentine's Mixtape".


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

House Concert Photos

House Concert Photos
February 12, 2013

I am back in Atlanta after a quick run of shows in Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois. It has been pretty rainy and gray since my return to the south, but I am happy to see temperatures in the double digits. It was COLD in the midwest!

The Scoburban hasn't quite been unpacked yet and I have much to catch up on but I wanted to first share a few photos with you. The following were taken by Tracy Apps at the house concert she hosted in Milwaukee. It was a blast! Wisconsinites are some fun and kind folks. Enjoy the pics! For the complete album, go to kurtscobie.com/pics

Special thanks to Tracy for letting me use these photos. Check her out at tracyappsdesign.com.

P.S. I am planning a tour in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic for April and there are a few open dates. If this house concert idea looks like something you would like to try, let me know. Check out kurtscobie.com/houseconcerts and send me a message. Hosting a concert in your home is a truly unforgettable experience!

Friday, February 8, 2013


February 8, 2013

This week I want to give a shout out to a new friend in the industry. I ran into Josh Harty at the Eddie Owen Presents open mic recently, and this guy is fantastic! Josh is from Madison, Wisconsin and as soon as he heard about my travels to the midwest he began making phone calls to his people to get me some exposure to his network. I was blown away.

He is a really great guy with some great music as well. Check out his unique Blues/Country/Folk style at www.joshharty.com. His music is as likable as his personality. Friendly, warm, and just there to help you out with anything he can.

Josh is spending some time touring in the Southeast right now, so be sure to check out when he'll be in your area. His show schedule can be found here www.reverbnation.com/joshharty

Here are a few places where you can connect with Josh Harty.


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

It's Cold Up Here!

It's Cold Up Here!
February 5, 2013

Greetings from Madison, Wisconsin!

I have been in the midwest for about a week and it is COLD!! When I left Atlanta there was flooding and a tornado warning, but it hasn't gotten too much better. The other day it got down to THREE DEGREES BELOW ZERO where I was! Did you see my update about that?

Well, it has been a fun tour thus far. Frigid weather and all. I kicked things off at Coe College after my 14-hour drive from Atlanta on January 30th. Cedar Rapids, IA was very cool. Good folks out there! After Coe I played at Lawrence Univ. in Appleton, WI and THEN... a house concert!

I love house concerts. Such a cool way to enjoy live music. On Friday, February 1st I performed at the "Tapps Estate" and we even did a live-stream of the concert! I heard a lot of great feedback from those who tuned in so I am definitely going to try and do that again soon!

After I left Milwaukee, I stopped through Rock Island, IL to record a Daytrotter session! Daytrotter is awesome. If you want a great place to discover new music, you should check them out. Tons of performances from everyone from The Lumineers to Ed Sheeran to Alabama Shakes. I'll be posting updates about when you can listen to the recordings from that, soon.

The rest of this tour is not quite as busy, but there are some cool things happening. Follow me on Twitter for more pics and amazing tweets! ;)

Coe College poster


Merch table at Coe College

My view at Lawrence University

Merch setup at the House Concert

Sitting at the Daytrotter piano!

Setup and ready for the house concert guests!

Driving on ice. For about 60 miles!

Nothing like a hot shower to refresh after a 14-hour drive.

Merch table at Lawrence University

Friday, February 1, 2013


February 1, 2013

This week, I want to give a shout-out to my good friend JD Eicher! I had the pleasure of touring with JD in the Spring of 2012 and not only is he really funny, but he's got some serious musical talent! Definitely check this guy out.

JD tours some as a solo artist, but he is better known as the frontman in his band. If you live near Youngstown, OH you should go catch a show. JD Eicher and the Goodnights are GREAT live. Also they are currently working on some new music in the studio! I am super excited to hear the new stuff.

If you want a taste (you do) check out the FREE download of "The Pass Along Project" via NoiseTrade. www.noisetrade.com/jdeicherandthegoodnights

Here are a few places you can connect with JD:


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

You Never Know

You Never Know
January 29, 2013

In 2013 I am trying to focus more on doing. Not thinking too much. Just getting out there and doing.

at the Piano at Red Clay Theatre, photo by Ken N Laura
Last night I obeyed this new rule. And I am glad I did.

On a whim, I decided I would go perform a few songs in the Eddie Owen Presents open mic at Red Clay Theatre. There was much holding me back. The drive, my comfortable living room, and my amazing 5-month-old baby boy were a few factors that almost prevented me from going. But, I decided to fight the resistance and venture out.

It was a great night! Not only did my good friend Carl Dylan show up, but we met some really talented touring songwriters. I ended up swapping info with them and it looks like I have some new friends to play shows with in several different cities across the country! If I had just stayed home, I would have missed out on some new opportunities.

What opportunities might you miss out on if you don't step outside of what is familiar and try something new?

Friday, January 25, 2013


January 25th, 2013

There are so many good things to say about Joy Ike. Since I met her in 2010 at Burlap and Bean, she's become quite a friend! Whenever I pass through Pittsburgh, I make sure to see her. And she always offers a place for me to crash.

I wanted to make sure that I featured Joy on this particular Friday, because she's got a NEW RECORD out! It dropped on January 22nd and you DEFINITELY need to go get it! It's called "All or Nothing". I have it and I am loving it! I am very proud to call her a friend.

Below is her music video for "Everything You Have" which is also available for FREE at NoiseTrade.com/joyike.


I hope you'll take the time to check out Joy's music. She's worth it. Here are some other places you can find her online.


ALSO, if you are a DIY musician, be sure to check out her Grassrootsy blog.


Friday, January 18, 2013


January 18, 2013

I wish everyone knew SHERILYN. This week's "featured friend friday" is someone who is just SO caring and kind. And TALENTED! Few artists today can connect with the audience emotionally, but Sherilyn just draws you in. You can't help but want to hear her story.

I met Sherilyn several years ago when I first moved to Atlanta. She lead worship music at the church where Elizabeth and I attended. We were there for only a year before we each moved to different churches, and somewhat lost contact. In 2012 we ran into each other again and I discovered that she had begun a solo career outside of the church world.

We've become good friends and have done a few shows together. Hopefully, the future holds more shows and maybe even some co-writing! I am super excited for all that is in store for Sherilyn and I believe she is an artist to watch the next few years. I am honored to call her a friend.

Here's where you can connect with Sherilyn and listen to her music.


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Running for Punita

"Running for Punita"
January 15th, 2013

As many of you know, I am a pretty big running nerd. I have completed two half marathons, the Tough Mudder, and numerous other races in the past couple years and I have zero thoughts of quitting. I am one of those weirdos who enjoys running long distances.

My first big race in 2013 is the Publix Georgia Half Marathon on March 17th. And there is something extra special about this one. I'm running for Punita! And if you want to find out about what that means, you'll just have to read my "Team Scobie" blog. :) Here's the link: http://www.kurtscobie.com/teamscobie

Thanks for reading!

Friday, January 11, 2013


January 11th, 2013

Atlanta is a great place for music. Most people think of New York, L.A., and Nashville when it comes to cities with a "music scene". Well, I definitely believe that Atlanta needs to be on that list. There are so many great artists doing all different genres of music, and I'm blessed to know one of them who has some exciting things happening.

Carl Dylan has been pounding the pavement alongside me since I arrived to Georgia in 2006. I had zero contacts when I moved, so I was lucky to have met Carl early on. Here we are four years later and this singer/songwriter has toured the country, opening up for artists like Dave Barnes, and The Beach Boys!

And now, he is working on a new project and will be heading into the studio very soon to record. Producer Rick Beato (Shinedown, NEEDTOBREATHE) is taking on Carl's new project and I am SUPER excited to hear what comes about! Awesome stuff.

I hope you'll check out my talented friend, Carl Dylan. He's got some great songs and some great things going on. Here are some links.


Carl is not only a talented guitarist and singer, but he and his wife have been incredible friends to me and my family. I'm honored to have such a great friend.

Monday, January 7, 2013


 January 7th, 2013

I have been searching for a great way to share photos on the "pics" page on my website. I think I have found the solution.

As an advocate for just about anything Google, I was pleased (after several hours of searching) to find out that Picasa has the tools I was looking for. At kurtscobie.com/pics you'll now see the most recent albums from my Picasa account at the top of the page. Older posts will be at the bottom. Thanks to the Picasa "Embed Slideshow" function, I can upload photos (mostly from my phone) and create a slick album that can them be embedded as flash on my site.

If you can't tell, I am very excited about this. Maybe a little too excited...

If you began following my Tumblr posts you will still be able to view my pics that way. BUT, the BEST place is going to be on my website as I will be posting there first.

One of my goals for 2013 is to post more photos on my website. Picasa seems to be a great tool that will make that goal easier to attain. The first (of many) albums is displayed below. Enjoy!

Kurt Scobie Red Clay Theatre Show 12/13/12 Photos

Friday, January 4, 2013


January 4th, 2013

Two blogs in one day? Who am I?!

Well, I had this idea to promote some friends of mine this year. I am incredibly blessed with some great people in my life who encourage me and have really helped me get to where I am today. I am so very thankful.

So, this is my attempt at returning the favor, using this humble platform to give some shout-outs! Watch for one of these "Featured Friend Friday" posts each week in 2013.

The first shout-out goes out to my good friend, Mike Kinnebrew. Here are some links where you can check him out (PLEASE do).

I met Mike a few years ago at the legendary intimate music venue, Eddie's Attic! Mike is a Georgia-native so he had been playing at Eddie's before he was legally allowed to even be in that place. Mike and I hit it off from day one and since then we have done shows together, helped with each-other's songwriting, and Mike even came to the hospital when Elizabeth and I went through the loss of our baby, Bella! This guy is not only a true artist, but a true friend. I'm blessed to know him.

So, please do me (and yourself) a favor and check out Mike Kinnebrew. He is one to watch!


P.S. Mike has a show TONIGHT at Eddie's Attic.

"Stream 'Crash' for FREE via SoundCloud"

"Stream 'Crash' for FREE via SoundCloud"
January 4th, 2013

I can hardly believe it has been TWO YEARS (today) since the release of "Crash". It seems like just yesterday(ish) I trekked up to Michigan and began the recording process. I had no idea that this little EP would reach so many. So many unexpected places these six songs have popped up over the past 24 months. I am pleased, to put it simply.

I am extremely grateful for all the support I receive for my music. It is especially rewarding to hear how different folks connect with a song or certain lyric. So, thank you. Thank you for listening, for sharing, and for following along with it all.

To celebrate, I have uploaded "Crash" to SoundCloud and you can now stream the whole EP for FREE! Visit my SoundCloud page OR go to kurtscobie.com/crash


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

ONE Resolution for 2013

"ONE Resolution for 2013"
January 1st, 2013

I've got just ONE resolution for 2013. Are you ready?

Here it is...


Yup. Do.

I'm focusing on that which I need and want to DO, not what I don't or shouldn't. Its not that I'm going to just do whatever, but I am not going to let the "don't" dictate the "do".

Here are a few quotes that sum it up. I hope these rock your world as much as they have rocked mine.

"I am convinced that the great tragedy is not the sins we commit, but the life that we fail to live." -Erwin McManus

"Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy." -Carnegie, Dale

"A warm body doesn't mean I'm alive." -Switchfoot

This is so simple, yet it is so difficult to remain focused on doing. There are many distractions. The world wants to thwart our plans and derail our momentum. I resolve to fight, with all my energy, against the resistance.

I resolve to DO.

Bring it on, 2013!