Scott Cochran

2015 - Individual Artist

As a youngster in Des Moines, Scott Cochran loved listening to music. He began to play guitar with friends in his neighborhood; taking lessons from Brian Lewis (of the Quarry and Minor Bloom).

Cochran soon felt pulled to play the bass while in high school. He switched to bass and never looked back.

1970 found him living briefly in Evergreen, CO where he played with several former Quarry members. He calls it a very inspiring time. However financially it was time to return to Iowa less than a year later.

He worked with Lou Caterucci (Captain Beefheart & the Shipwrecks) plus a group called Tuffy Nuff that included Big Mike Edwards and John Krantz (renowned jazz pianist). He also played with TomCat  which featured Jonathan Rowat of Quarry and Jon Lake, a great guitarist from Mason City.

In the early 80’s, he moved to Iowa City and resumed playing with Lake; at times playing with Cody Jarrett, a country rock group that included Mike Watts from the Pete Klint Quintet.

A work-related promotion moved Cochran to Ames so he began playing with the Des Moines band Borderline. Later horns were added to the band (Jim Oatts of Chase and Vern Hansen of Echos V).

Cochran formed an Ames-based band Mal Hombre. Once Borderline split, he concentrated his efforts on Mal Hombre. Scott began writing and playing blues and roots music in earnest and continues to do so to this day. He played blues and rock with the Erick Hovey Band and spent seven years playing blues with Matt Woods and the Thunderbolts. They put out two well-received CDs that garnered nation reviews which singled out his songwriting as noteworthy.          

Cochran has opened for such notables as Buddy Guy (twice), REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Harvey Mandel, Asleep At the Wheel.

Scott Cochran, already a member of the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame, goes back to his origins and inspirations with induction into the IRRMA Hall of Fame in 2015.

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