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Scott Vestal

Scott Vestal

Bluegrass banjo whiz Scott Vestal is gushing to a jazz writer about the classic rock band Yes. This heartfelt nod to Jon Anderson & Co. isn’t exactly what the music writer expected, but the good-humored confession goes a long way in explaining the charmingly enigmatic musician.

“I’ve been a Yes fan since the ’80s-around the time of 90125. You know, the one with ‘Owner of a Lonely Heart’,” the Nashville-based 37-year-old Vestal says with a warm, twangy accent. “I totally listened to that album all the time.”

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