While Jackie Scott is from Norfolk, Virginia, she identifies herself most strongly as a Chicago blues-style singer. Scott spent some time in Chicago where she went to shows in the blues clubs and bars, and was very impressed with the way the musicians and singers freely shared their time and talent to help others.
She especially benefited directly from the largesse of Nellie “Tiger” Travis as well as from the late master tenor sax man, Eddie Shaw, who once led Howlin’ Wolf’s band. She spent a couple
of years with Fernando Jones and his Blues Kids Camp, working with children to teach music skills. She was able to eventually export that idea to the Hampton Roads area of coastal Virginia where she became deeply involved in the program.
In order to raise awareness of the blues, and of musicians from the Hampton Roads area in particular, Scott asked Eddie Shaw if he would be willing to get involved with her ‘757’ recording project (named for the local area code). As she has said, “I wanted to show them how appreciative I was, because they have all—in their own way—invested in me.” The result was Still Riding High (Stringtown, 2012), credited to “Eddie Shaw and The 757 Allstars.”
Previous to this, Scott and the Housewreckers released How Much Woman Can You Stand (2009), which earned them a Blues Blast Award for Best New Artist Debut. Then, representing the Baltimore Blues Society, the band finished as finalists in the band category in the 2010 International Blues Challenge.
Today, Jackie Scott & The Housewreckers continue to play music that invokes some of the spirit of the 1950s and ’60s era Chicago blues.