published Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Boats, bass country music: June 29-30

Singer Dylan Scott drops a line on FLW Tour


* Dates: Today-Sunday, June 27-30.

* Takeoff: 6:30 p.m. from Dayton Boat Dock, 175 Lakeshore Drive.

* Weigh-ins: 3 p.m. today and Friday at Dayton Boat Dock; 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Dayton Walmart, 3034 Rhea County Highway.

* FLW Expo: Opens at noon Saturday-Sunday at Dayton Walmart, with Dylan Scott concert at 3 p.m. Sunday.


* Dates: Today-Saturday, June 27-29.

* Takeoff: 7 a.m. from Ross's Landing, 201 Riverfront Parkway.

* Weigh-ins: 3 p.m. today and Friday at Ross's Landing; 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Dayton Walmart.


* Saturday: 9 p.m. at McHale's Brewhouse, 724 Ashland Terrace. $5,

* Sunday: 3 p.m. at Dayton Walmart parking lot (part of FLW Expo).


*His rock-bottom baritone often invites comparisons to Josh Turner and Chris Young. "Ever since I was real young," Scott says, "people said, 'You have a deep voice to be so little.' "

*He counts Keith Whitley, George Strait and Alan Jackson as his biggest musical inspirations.

*His early claims to fame include playing the prestigious "Louisiana Hayride" and winning the Neal McCoy East Texas Angel Network Talent Contest and the local final for the Colgate Country Music Showdown.

*When Scott was about 2 years old, his father noticed the toddler could sing on key. By age 12, he was proficient on acoustic guitar. By his high school years, he was traveling with a gospel trio, 11th Hour, and performing throughout the South.

His family includes other musicians: His father, Scotty, played guitar and sang harmony in the '70s and '80s with country artists Freddy Fender and Freddy Hart. Great-aunt Marie Jarvis played piano with the Southern gospel group The Melody Boys and taught piano at the Stamps Baxter School Of Music. Cousin Linda Robinson Sholar played for The Speer Family, The Downings, The Higher Ground and briefly with The Stamps Quartet.

A country singer putting the finishing touches on his debut album will be the featured entertainment during the Walmart FLW Tour, a bass-fishing tournament drawing some 300 professional anglers to Lake Chickamauga this week.

Dylan Scott, a 22-year-old native of Bastrop, La., is working with famed producer Jim Ed Norman on his self-titled debut with Sidewalk Records in Nashville. His first single, "Makin' This Boy Go Crazy," has just been released.

Though he's new to the business, his selection for the FLW Tour puts him in good company. Previous artists who have partnered with FLW include Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney, Craig Morgan, Blake Shelton and Tracy Byrd.

Scott will perform Sunday, June 30, as part of the FLW Expo at the Dayton Walmart. He also will be in Chattanooga for a show at McHale's Brewhouse the night before, Saturday, June 29.

While most of the attention goes to the pros in this fishing circuit, there's a separate tournament for weekend anglers on Lake Nickajack. The Walmart Bass Fishing League, All-American Division, runs through Saturday, with the final weigh-in at the Dayton Walmart. Fishermen leave at 7 each morning from Ross's Landing.

The professionals are based north of Chickamauga Dam, leaving at 6:30 a.m. from the Dayton Boat Dock. The competition lasts through Sunday, and weigh-ins the last two days will move to the Walmart parking lot, where the FLW Expo will be set up.

In addition to a chance to meet the fishermen, the expo offers a kids zone, interactive games, samples and giveaways, one of which is a $250 Walmart gift card (must be 16 to enter and present to win). The expo starts at noon both days. Scott's concert is at 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

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