Scott Hrabko is an independent songwriter with roots going back to Kansas City's indie rock scene of the late ‘80s, with his first bands, The Andersons and The Splinters. The Splinters would go on to play the role of local songwriting legend Howard Iceberg's first backing band, The Titanics, as well as a gig with a not-yet-famous Iris Dement.
Hrabko headed back to his old hometown, St. Louis, and shortly thereafter to Chicago -- where he led a completely revamped version of The Andersons -- and then Austin. He finally came full circle, back to KC in 1997, raising a family and maintaining a connection to the music scene, playing and singing and drinking with KC’s oldest garage band, The Original Sinners -- until the urge to write songs again became too powerful to dismiss. In 2010 he began venturing out to clubs with a new batch of solo, acoustic songs.
It took him long enough, but he finally released his debut solo album, Gone Places in November, 2013 -- a set of funny and poignant songs of love and failure, scattered across the haunted American landscape. Hot on the heels of that release came Biscuits & Gravity in January, 2015, recorded with the first incarnation of The Rabbits (Josh Arnold - Bass & Harmony Vocals; Emily Tummons - Harmony Vocals, Accordion & Ukulele, and Kirk Scott - Lead Guitar).
Hrabko’s third album, Summer, was released in June, 2017, featuring a reborn Rabbits lineup, including former Hadacol founding brother, Fred Wickham - Lead Guitar; Marco Pascolini - Steel Guitar and Baritone Guitar, and Tim Higgins - Drums, along with guest spots by local luminaries. Jason Beers joined the Rabbits on bass shortly after the album was completed.
Hrabko released a 4-song EP, Smash Hits From A Parallel Universe in February, 2019, and then a series of singles; Becky and Rosie (instrumentals), Pretty Good Day, Dog In The Backyard, Free, and In Lieu Of Flowers. The songs branch out into stylistic territory affectionately recalling Hrabko's youth in 1970s suburban St. Louis. The Last Dance EP landed, unexpectedly, during a time of pandemic and social unrest in the summer of 2020. With its synthesizers, drum machines, and rhythms from experimental Kraut rock and hip hop, it was a pronounced departure from Hrabko's twangy past.
Hrabko, who also works as a freelance video editor, creates and edits all of The Rabbits' youTube videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAFRI4FCAN2QU8x63_viCpQ
The Rabbits have appeared at the Crossroads Music Fest, KKFI Hoedown, Westport Roots Festival, and Folk Alliance International Conference at Crown Center. Hrabko has been the featured live-in-studio guest on KKFI 90.1 FM programs, Mid-Day Medley, hosted by Mark Manning and River Trade Radio, and his songs have been in heavy rotation on Chuck Haddix's legendary Fish Fry on KCUR 89.3 FM.