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Melvin and Linda Scott form the duo Dutch Treat. The couple has performed in the area for 16 years, but their history in the local music scene goes back generations. Photo by Phil Houseal


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Dutch Treat performs at festivals, private parties, and dance clubs. You can enjoy Dutch Treat at the Altdorf Restaurant on Main Street most Fridays starting in the spring “when the rain stops.” Dutch Treat can be reached at 830-669-2481.

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Dutch Treat

by Phil Houseal
Nov 30, 2005

Dutch Treat might sound like something you order from the Dairy Queen drive-through. And in an existential way, it is.

Melvin Scott, who with his wife, Linda, forms the musical duo Dutch Treat, actually was born in the Dairy Queen parking lot. More accurately, he was born in his family home that stood on that spot.

The Fredericksburg duo has entertained at clubs, dances, and festivals for 16 years. But their musical legacy extends back before there were fast-food drive-throughs in Fredericksburg.

Melvin - better known as Scottie - began playing country music while still in high school. He cut his musical teeth performing with his father Otfried Scott in the gloriously politically incorrectly named Scottie’s Beer Hounds. They were regulars in the many dance halls that used to draw families before competition from television and video stopped the music.

In the 1960s, Scottie switched over to a one-band band. His sons eventually worked their way on stage just as he had, one on drums, one on bass, and, in homage to his father, Scottie’s Beer Hounds were resurrected. That band evolved into the Generation Gap.

“We chose that name because of the age difference in the musicians,” Scottie explained. “One of my sons was only 13, and the steel player was in his 70s.”

In the 1980s, Scottie teamed up with accordionist Ronnie Tippelt as the Bavarian Two, who were regular performers at early Oktoberfests.

In 1989, Scottie formed Dutch Treat with his wife, Linda. Linda, who comes from the town of Uncertain (really), has played accordion since the age of 13. She traveled from northeast Texas as far as Shreveport to take lessons.

“I kind of kept at it,” Linda said. “I never put it in the closet like some others do.”

Linda has come a long way from her first paying gig, where she made 50 cents an hour. Linda is a pioneer of sorts in the accordion world. She was one of the first in Texas to use the MIDI interface on this traditional instrument. MIDI - Musical Instrument Digital Interface - allows the performer to recreate the sound of virtually any instrument. Linda can mimic fiddle, guitar, piano, and horns on her accordion.

“It’s not your grandma’s accordion,” she said. “It’s just a grandma who plays it!” (rim shot!)

Dutch Treat plays a “bit of everything” depending on the locale.

“We started out billing ourselves as ‘a variety of music with a German flair,’” Scottie said. “But now we play the occasion. If it’s Oktoberfest, we play German; if it’s a club dance, we play 40s and country standards; if it’s a Hawaiian luau, we play Hawaiian.”

They have even added the occasional “Polka Service” at Holy Ghost Lutheran Church. Linda described it as putting liturgical words with popular tunes such as “The Beer Barrel Polka.”

“People love it!” she reported. “They come early and practically dance down the aisles.”

Scottie and Linda live on their ranch at Doss, where they also repair and refurbish accordions.

And occasionally pick up a treat at Dairy Queen.

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