Longtime Steamboat Springs country-western musician Greg Scott performs in January at Steamboat Smokehouse. Scott died Monday night in a cabin in northern Routt County.

Photo by Matt Stensland

Longtime Steamboat Springs country-western musician Greg Scott performs in January at Steamboat Smokehouse. Scott died Monday night in a cabin in northern Routt County.

Local musician Greg Scott dies at age 61

Musician was found in North Routt County cabin; no suspicious circumstances


The music of Greg Scott

Listen to four of Greg Scott's country-western tunes on his Web site, www.gregscottente...

— Hayden-based musician Greg Scott died Monday night at a cabin in North Routt County. He was 61.

The western-style musician and Texas native started performing in Steamboat Springs in 1973 as part of a rotating tour of ski towns. He moved to Routt County in 1978 and lived in Hayden with his wife, Pearly Gates, at the time of his death.

L.D. Shoffner had been friends with Scott since joining his band in 1977. The men, along with Thom Ward, made up Whitfield Ward Jamboree.

"He played music his whole life," Shoffner said. "That was his living, and he played western music, cowboy music - not your daily country and western that you hear on the radio. It was good ol' western music."

Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg said Scott died in his sleep in a cabin at Big Red Park. The park is off Forest Service Road 500 northeast of Hahn's Peak in the Routt National Forest.

"Him and his band were playing for this big group of cowboys out there that were riding around and camping in various spots," Ryg said.

An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday. Ryg said nothing was suspicious about the death.

"They had gone out to dinner, came home, went to bed, and he never got up this morning," he said.

Scott, a guitarist, harmonica player and singer, loved Marty Robbins and the Guy Clark song "Texas Cookin'," Shoffner recalled.

Scott Flower was friends with Scott for 34 years, and they were roommates at a couple of ranches. The musician was the best man at his wedding, Flower said.

"He's in a good place," Flower said. "He died in his sleep, which was very comforting to him and the family, I'm sure, but his music was never better, and Sunday night he was happier than I've ever seen him."

He remembers Scott as having several passions.

"He loved to ride horses in Brown's Park and play music - those were his two favorite things in life, and, of course, Pearly Gates," Flowers said.

Scott played a regular gig at Steamboat Smokehouse and performed at Ghost Ranch Saloon and the Haven Assisted Living Center in Hayden. He'd performed at the Tugboat Grill & Pub, the Hayden Farmers Market and the memorial service in February for Jim Temple, who helped found Steamboat Ski Area.

Scott explained his love for the valley during a January interview with the Pilot & Today:

"There was something about the country around here, obviously; we're all drawn to that," Scott said. "But I think, for me, the people were the difference. And I think it still offers that. Even with all the growth that Steamboat's experienced and still experiences, I think it's a very unique place, and I think the people make it that way."

According to Scott's Web site, in 2004, Hayden produced a DVD focusing on the town's history and growth. Scott wrote the song "Hayden's Where My Heart Is." Scott and his song are featured on the DVD. The song also became the title of the production.

Rod Hanna said he knew Scott from working as the ski area's public relations director. Hanna would see Scott out performing, and both participated in the Sombrero Stable horse runs led by local legend Pat Mantle.

"The kind of music that Greg played was so apropos, so fit the Steamboat lifestyle, kind of that laidback Western feeling that we all enjoy in Steamboat," Hanna said.

Scott also was a skilled golfer, he said, which few people know. Hanna described Scott as a great person to be around.

Scott was "not real loud and boisterous but just a really approachable, friendly, unassuming guy," he said.

Shoffner noted that Scott was about more than just music. He loved to help local ranchers with haying and their cattle.

"He played western music at night, but in the daytime, he lived the Western lifestyle," Shoffner said. "I was just over at his house looking at his cowboy hat, one of his cowboy hats - all sweat stained and hanging by his chair."

A memorial service hasn't been scheduled.


Tracy Barnett 7 years, 9 months ago

"Legendary Music" will miss you at our gatherings. Gone but never forgotten. Your music will live on.


Martha D Young 7 years, 9 months ago

Godspeed, Greg. You were a source of joy to all of us.


oldskoolstmbt 7 years, 9 months ago

thank you for what you brought to the yampa valley...may the force be with you!


doubleottseven 7 years, 9 months ago

Greg Scott, gracious, kind, talented, warm, loving human being that we could not afford to lose. He stood for everything that is good and always exhibited his love for his friends and his love of bringing his music to us. What will we do without him?

He stood there, tall at the mic Although barely reaching five foot nine His voice poured dreams upon us Singing of tall pines and deep streams With a gleam in his eye and soft smile he gently pushed the song into our hearts

I am going to miss you.


nxoby36 7 years, 9 months ago

Good Bye Scott . We all will miss you very much . During your short life you brought a lot of joy to many our lives . I know that I am not the only one with tears in my eyes this morning .


DKtheDJ 7 years, 8 months ago

I just heard about Greg's passing, and I am deeply saddened. Greg was such a loving, humorous, and talented person. His sunny personality made every encounter with him a bright spot in my day.
I've been gone from Steamboat almost 6 years now. It is the best place I've ever lived.
Losing Greg is losing a piece of the magic that is the 'Boat. love to all, DK Landers


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