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Napier published in The Fretboard Journal about music store important to him

Scott Napier

Scott Napier values the hometown music store – one he visited as a child in Hazard. “Taulbee Music” still holds fond memories for him. Napier, an associate professor at HCTC’s Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music, was published in the January issue of the music magazine giant, The Fretboard Journal, about the music store that means so much to him. Napier remembers getting his first guitar and mandolin at Taulbee Music. “The store has fueled a lot of childhood dreams for me that have since come true,” he noted. As he pointed out, Taulbee Music has been in business since the 1940s; he encourages all to support their local music store. To see the full story, visit  

Dean Osborne, director of the music school, noted, “Scott Napier values all things related to music. From the teaching he received, the expertise he shares with our students, his many performances on the road and at our music school in Hyden, he appreciates it all. It didn’t surprise me at all to see how much he valued the music store of his youth and of today. I’m so glad to see him published.” 

Hazard Community and Technical College President Dr. Jennifer Lindon noted, “Scott Napier distinguishes himself as a musician, as a performer, as a teacher, and with the written word. I congratulate him on being published and I’m so pleased to see him reach out to many venues to share his love and passion in the music industry. He is a great role model for our students.” 

Napier’s friend Jim Richter told him how much he appreciated his published article. Richter wrote: “Scott Napier, loved your article in Fretboard Journal. Definitely reminded me of growing up in southeastern Indiana (Kentuckiana) in a rural community and how important the local small town music store was. For me, it was the jewelry store in the local town that also sold instruments, Mel Bay books, and strings. Thanks for capturing rural life and how pivotal those small shops were before the internet for supplying the instruments/supplies, but also fostering the community for players to grow in.” 

In addition to Napier’s duties at HCTC, he is a touring member of the bluegrass music supergroup Wildfire. He also instructs at a number of music camps throughout the country. Napier recently received his third nomination for (IBMA) International Bluegrass Music Associations “Mentor of the Year” award. 

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