I met Scott about three years ago in a Mexican jail. Just kidding! I met him at Company Pub & Kitchen in Poway, San Diego. A mutual friend of ours, named Martin Coughlin, started it all. Martin founded an open mic venue for musicians at the old pub – it was a great place to gather. The event facilitated camaraderie amongst musicians of different ethnicities, sexes, and musical persuasion. Most of us became close friends, enjoying each other’s company, and listening to each other’s music every Sunday night.

Unfortunately, about six months ago, it closed down for good after a series of financial challenges. The venue has since moved to a new place called Mainstream Bar & Grill, just a few blocks away from its previous location.

Photography by Rodney Diaz

Scott plays with Martin’s band. And on some occasions, I get invited to join the boys for some gigs here in town.

Scott is from Indiana and grew up in a quiet simple town. He is in his early 50’s, has been a musician for a long time, and is still kicking ass. Almost everyone who hears his music admires it. Though he has not sold millions of records, nor played in front of thousands of people, Scott is indeed an accomplished musician. His hard work and dedication are undeniable, and his music speaks for itself.

In this episode Scott spends the first third of his interview struggling to find a story to tell. Eventually he recalls a misadventure across the border. The high-risk hijinks involve a friend’s brother who was locked up in a Mexican jail in Oaxaca de Juárez, a trip to Puerto Vallarta, armed robbery, and a baby fox. The idea of Americans in Mexican prisons leads me to research a little further into some pretty fascinating facts and data on the matter.

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