Under the umbrella of Americana, Scott Law plays electric guitar with abandon and acoustic guitar with finesse.
"The challenge of playing an acoustic instrument really feeds the possibilities of playing an electric instrument and vice versa," the musician says during a telephone interview from Big Red Studio in Portland.
"There's sort of an attitude that comes from the electric guitar that I can bring to the acoustic, and there's an elemental authority on the acoustic that plays really well on electric."
Who: Scott Law with Jef Fretwell & The Detractors
When: 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26
Where: Alex's Plaza Restaurant and Bar, 35 N. Main St., Ashland
Law is working on an acoustic album for release in 2013. The album, which features luminaries such as fiddler Darol Anger, bassist Sam Grisman of The Deadly Gentleman, vocalist Aoife O'Donovan of Crooked Still and folk duo Tim and Nicki Bluhm, is being recorded on 2-inch, analog tape, "so it has the beautiful, warm sound of all the acoustic instruments."
The CD, which has yet to be named, comes on the heels of Law's live, electric EP, "Scott Law Reunion Band," released earlier this year.
"I live in two worlds," Law says. "I live in a really pure acoustic world and a rockin' electric world."
And Law has projects for both styles. He plays acoustic guitar with Darol Anger in Republic of Strings, with Tony Furtado in the Banjo Killers and electric guitar with Scott Law Electric. He also plays lead Telecaster guitar with the Bluhms in their California-country project, Brokedown in Bakersfield. Previously, Law was a member of Seattle's acoustic, world-music group, Hanuman, whose 1999 recording "Pedalhorse" sold more than 10,000 copies, as well as Melvin Seals' Melting Pot band and Honkytonk Homeslice, based out of Colorado.
En route to San Francisco for a house concert and recording session with the Bluhms, Scott Law will play a set of solo, acoustic guitar before joining Jef Fretwell & The Detractors on Telecaster guitar. The show is at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at Alex's Plaza Restaurant and Bar, 35 N. Main St., Ashland. The cover charge is $5.
Law, who has been touring nationally for the past five years with Darol Anger, says he's searching the greater Northwest from Bellingham, Wash., to San Francisco, looking for places to make regular stops.
He uses the blanket term "Americana" to describe what he does, but rock, R&B, country and bluegrass all are part of his repertoire.
"I like simple music, but I also like things that are unpredictable. I like songs that you don't play the same thing every time the chorus comes around," he says.
In addition to his imagery-laden originals, Law plays songs by the Grateful Dead, Jerry Reed, Bill Monroe, Bob Dylan and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
For more information, see www.scottlawmusic.com or call Alex's at 541-482-8818.