Bootlegger 15


46324 US   Jan 2008

Artist Bio

Influences:   Kevin Devine, Bad Books, Death Cab for Cutie, Matt Pond PA, Stars, Manchester Orchestra, Bright Eyes, the Dear Hunter, Decemberists, Future Islands, Elliott Smith, Right Away Great Captain, Radical Face, Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker, Boy Genius, Velvet Underground, etc..

Hello 2020 FAWMers!

Iain here (he/him). Known around these parts as Bootlegger. This year for FAWM I'm going to embody a new character. I'll let him introduce himself below. All songs/lyrics/liner notes are by him. Or his dad, John. Or. As I said, I'll let him explain. Any comments given out this year, however, will be by me. I hope you enjoy the journey. It's been interesting to get inside these characters' heads.

Also, I just wanted to point out this entire thing is a work of Fiction. Any resemblance to anyone real/alive/no longer with us is purely coincidental.


Hi everyone.

I'm Scout.

I'm 29 years old.

My dad died about a year ago. On my birthday. January 2, 2019.

I found his journal after he passed. He never mentioned it as I was growing up. He started it when he turned 16 and kept it going for over 30 years. It's full of thoughts and musings and random stories and penned letters he never sent to me. I think he wanted me to find it. He wanted me to see everything he went through. And it was a lot.

Over the last year or so I sat down with his journal and grabbed bits and pieces and songs started to emerge. There are stories of his youth. Of meeting my mom. Of getting married. Of having me. Of work, and moving, and losing my mom. And finally a letter he wrote me just days before he died.

I'll find a place online to put the whole thing if you're so inclined to give it a once over. Or follow along his story as the songs come out.

I just wanted to bring him to life again. To let his words and his memory live on. I hope these songs do him justice. And I hope you enjoy them.


Here is a link to the Journals:


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  • @metalfoot  Mar 10

    Cool concept for an album. Just listened to Point The Needle Home and I think I'll have to listen to more of your stuff!

  • @guatecoop  Mar 6

    What a great luxury to have access and experience. I remember reading about your concept in the forums in January, but then fawm happened! I’m glad that I was able to hear what you did in the end. Really cool idea and you pulled it off! Must’ve been satisfying....

  • @tamsnumber4  Feb 17

    Thank you for your kind comments on my song, "Wash Me Clean"!

  • @andcarl  Feb 15

    Hey, thanks for the feedback. I remember you from a couple years ago, looking forward to hearing your writing again. February is halfway done and I'm still trying to find parts of my recording setup... So it goes.

  • @ozcompr  Feb 12

    Thanks for the feedback on “Say It Will”. Thinking of stripping the vocals back quite a bit to give the track more space to breathe then work on vocal chopping it up since I need the practice.

  • @forrandom  Feb 2020

    Thank you thank you for taking a listen to my song! I've just got through your breakdown for this FAWM and I'm seriously excited to check out your stuff!

  • @sarahmonticue Feb 2020

    Thanks for watching my music video! That's my first produced song ever, so it feels good to have it out there in the world!

    Was hoping to lay down something for the song I mentioned, but my voice is giving me some trouble. Just uploading my first song now and ran out of voice to do another. Will give it a rest and see if I can send you what I've got.

  • @sarahmonticue Feb 2020

    Ooooh just read about your album idea - so cool and creative.

    Was wondering if you might be willing to play acoustic guitar on a collab with me. I’m working on this song that’s in conversation with Don McLean’s American Pie and I keep hearing a guitar for it, but my skills are not quite up to it. And then I remembered how great your skills are with guitar. Would you have time/interest in helping with the song?

  • @pokerowan  Feb 2020

    Nice to see you again Iain! Thank you for your lovely comment on 'Opposite of Saints' ☺

  • @atam94 Feb 2020

    Hey, thank you so much for checking out my first song + video! I appreciate the kind words 😁

  • @sarahmonticue Feb 2020

    Hey friend! Just stopping by to say hey 👋🏼

  • @timfatchen  Jan 2020

    Thanks! Hope you have a good FAWM too. Fingers crossed! it's gonna be disjointed for me but I'm here!

  • @jacobeverettwallace  Jan 2020

    Hey man! Always look forward to your tunes as well. Happy Fawming!

  • @russiasaturn Jan 2020

    Thanks for watchlisting me! favor returned. we have similar taste in music. love Future Islands and Manchester Orchestra! happy FAWMing

  • @emkaydeebee  Jan 2020

    Happy new year! Just seen your plan for this year in the forums - wow, that is some major commitment!

  • @cts  Jan 2020

    Happy FAWMing, my man!

  • @tsunamidaily  Jan 2020

    have the best FAWM this year!

  • @looprication  Jan 2020

    Thanks so much for making your demos available, a really, really killer album man. You can tell by the fact that I'm not the only one writing about it nearly a year later. Keep going.

  • @atam94 Jan 2020

    Hey, I’m currently listening to your songs from last year and wow... I like what I’m hearing! I saw your forum post about your idea for this year. Really looking forward to listening to the songs as you produce them 😁