Scott Adams Bistline

June 21, 1956March 27, 2014


Passed away on Thursday morning, March 27, 2014, in Alexandria, VA. Although Scotty was diagnosed with a serious illness, his passing at this time was sudden and unexpected. Born June 21, 1956, Scotty was a lifelong resident of Northern Virginia. He spent most of his life in the areas of Wellington and Hollin Hall and was a 1974 graduate of Fort Hunt High School.

Scotty was an accomplished guitar and bass player, very active on the local and regional music scene. Over the years Scotty was a member of many bands, including "Hole in the Wall", Studebaker Hawk", "The Casaloma Cowboys", "Third Shift", "Paradise Alley" and others. More often than not his exemplary bass lines laid a foundation for the soaring guitar artistry of his long-time stage comrade Brin "Doc" Reed. Of the many venues Scotty played over the years, his favorite was the legendary "Hunter's Lodge" on Lee Highway, lost to fire in 1986.

Scotty was a friend to many and will be missed. He was predeceased by his parents Jim and Lillian Bistline, his brother Jimmy, and his beloved Aunt Louise. He is survived by his brother Mark Bistline, sister-in-law Susan, nephew James and niece Daisy, all of Bristol, Rhode Island. Scotty is also survived by niece, Bennett Bistline of New York City, and leaves behind several cousins.

Visitation will be held at DEMAINE FUNERAL HOME, 520 S. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 549-0074, on Sunday, March 30, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m. Interment will be held on Tuesday, April 1, in Newport, PA. A music-centered event to celebrate Scotty's life will be announced shortly, with the venue to be determined. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Scotty's name to "The Music Cancer Fund @ Sweet Relief, for artists battling cancer. Please donate by going to:

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  • Visitation Sunday, March 30, 2014

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Louann Day

August 31, 2016

Rest in Peace, Scotty.

Nicole Busse

February 15, 2015

I was a childhood friend of Scott's. I composed a beautiful song for my thirteenth birthday. I am so sad.

Susan Pethtal

July 24, 2014

OMGosh! We just heard! He was a life long friend of my husband's~Douglas Pethtal, and they were class-mates. Their 40th reunion is this weekend. Doug is devastated....he really liked hanging out with Scotty after school, and I got to meet him once up at the 7-11. He had a house down the end of my street. We drove over to see him once. Gave us some good advice on taxes after he lost his Dad. But the loss of this young man breaks my heart! I am so so sorry to the family for their loss. Doug is not even wanting to go. It's like a big part of his world. He's losing too many to make it worth going. I hate this. He was the same age as us! God Bless your family. We here if anyone needs anything but I just saw the post on the FEDERALS FB page, so I'm a little late. We apologize! <3 Rest softly Scotty! You will be so badly missed!!

July 23, 2014

A gentle soul.

Jeff Landis

April 26, 2014

So sorry to hear about the passing of a dear friend I hoped to see again some day, but life got in the way. Hadn't seen Scotty since high school, but always remembered his spirit and passion. Condolences to Mark and family.


April 15, 2014

its great how memories can make time stand still. so many great memories of listening to him play in his various incarnations. a sweetheart of a guy, a big man with a bigger heart and soul. bless you scotty. strength and love to you mark.

Suzie Robinson

April 4, 2014

Very sad to hear of Scotty's passing. Have fond memories of Hollin Hall Village Wharf and Scotty's cool old cars and his music. RIP my friend.

Sam McKee

April 3, 2014

To a GREAT friend! Damn, Scotty! You beat me to it! You'll be climbing up that golden hill hearing Greg Jones playing away on his sax and Tim Valdes playing all his percussion devices and his banjo. Here's a portrait of you circa 1975, buddy. Keep that Martin tuned up; you never know who might show up at Club Paradiso! In the words of the great David Byrne, “Heaven Is A Place Where Nothing, Nothing Ever Happens.” Well that sounds just fine, doesn't it? You are loved and will be missed very much. My heart goes out to Marky and your family. Take care!


April 1, 2014

Sleep peacefully...

Steve Samson

April 1, 2014

"Missed" does not begin to cover it! Save me a spot at the "Big Jam" Scotty.
I will see you on the next shift!

Anyone please contat me with details of Scotty's "Music/Life celebration.
262 689 6546