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Scott McMahan / Press

“Scott McMahan has one of those voices that go with his songs. I'll give you a listen here in a minute. We met Scott at Hippie Jack's festival when he filled in for a musician who had to cancel because his father got very sick. Jay Clark told Scott, who was there as a volunteer, to get up there and do something and that's exactly what he did. Tore the place up and got a standing O. Then Hippie tore off his volunteer bracelet and gave him a musician's pass to the beer tent, which is an extremely high honor at Hippie's place. Scott has opened for Delbert McClinton at the Bijou and is opening for Randall Bramblett's CD release show in Asheville this weekend. We get him Friday June 14 at the room next door to the Market Street Bistro, which we highly recommend for supper. Go here and listen to some Scott McMahan music.”

“I stayed to hear the three finalists, Scott McMahon from Knoxville (pictured above), Andy Elwell from Minneapolis and local chanteuse Kate Wright. All were good, particularly McMahon who won the event. He'll move on to the semi-annual Open Mic Shootout, where each week's winner performs in a round-robin style tournament. Past Eddie's Open Mic Shootout winners include John Mayer & Clay Cook, Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland and Jennifer Daniels. Their names are on a plaque at Eddie's right near platinum records by Mayer and Sugarland. Each week a couple dozen songwriters climb the stairs of Eddie's with a dream to get on that plaque and a hope to become the next success story to come out of the fabled club. The amazing thing is, some of them will.”

"Somewhere within Scott McMahan's wounded, tender voice there's a tremor that makes women want to take him home, make him some stew, smooth the worry from his brow and put him to bed. His soulful, self-effacing songs are about long drives home when you'd really hoped to stay the night; they're about unanswered phone calls, and love too-long unreciprocated." (Metro Pulse)

Metro Pulse

“A weary voice and emotion-laced lyrics keep songs like "Louisiana" on the bittersweet side of melancholy, while a song like "Let Me Stay the Night" is steeped in such soulful passion that you can practically smell the scented candles burning on the nightstand beside a disheveled bed occupied by two lovers." (Steve Wildsmith, The Daily Times)”

Steve Wildsmith - The Maryville Daily Times Weekend Edition

“Friday's Toys For Tots show at the Corner Lounge featured an impressive roster of perfomers. The first to take the stage was Scott McMahan. I'd never heard him before, although he's been on my must-see list for awhile. I thought I was going to miss him again, but fortunately the Schedule Gods smiled down on me and made it to the show in the nick of time. I walked through the door and was instantly wrapped in McMahan's warm, gritty baritone. His songs kept the ever-growing audience captivated as we sipped our High Life or PBR. I was struck by how tuneful and melodic his voice was. You don't usually find that in someone with a vocal quality like his.- K.S.”