May 5th 2012 Darrel Scott

Darrell Scott performed for our club on Saturday May 5th 2012. He became one of the more successful country songwriters of the late ’90s and early 2000s, placing songs with the biggest names in country music, including several major chart hits. Garth Brooks, the Dixie Chicks, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, and many others recorded his work. At the same time, he worked consistently as a studio musician and released a series of his own solo albums.

Born in London, Kentucky, in 1959, Darrell Scott is the son of singer-songwriter Wayne Scott. When he was just a child, his family moved from Kentucky to Indiana where he picked up the habit of making music. By the time he was a teenager, he’d moved to southern California, where he began playing music professionally before attending Tufts University (to study English literature) and doing stints in both Boston and Toronto as a musician.

Scott eventually moved to Nashville to pursue his music career even further, in 1995, and has made a career for himself there – as a solo artist, a session instrumentalist, and as a songwriter who’s penned a number of mainstream country hits.

“Unless you come and start looking around, you could think Nashville is all country radio and Christian music,” he says. “Then you realize that Hank Williams, Kris Kristofferson, and Mickey Newbury wrote here.”

Darrell Scott is a powerful musical spirit. A Grammy-nominated artist, an award-winning songwriter, and a first-call session musician, living and working (literally and figuratively) on the fringes of Nashville’s Music Row, Scott occupies his own unique half-acre in this city’s crowded musical landscape. In a town that’s got pigeonholing down to an art, Darrell Scott stands out as a refreshingly mischievous artist. Recently, he joined the Band of Joy, alongside Led Zeppelin’s former frontman Robert Plant, credited as performing vocals, mandolin, guitar, accordion, pedal, lap steel and banjo. Brad Paisley’s cover of Scott’s “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive” was the closing song played during the final episodes of the first and second seasons of the TV drama “Justified.”

“He is one of the great writers of our time. He brings a complete package through perfectly crafted lyrics, groove and melody. When you listen to his songs you can tell he’s lived them.”
~ The Dixie Chicks

“Darrell Scott’s music is equal parts talent and heart, soul and grace, power and poetry, charm and wit, funk and grit… all in service of the better parts of humanity. Darrell Scott is scary good. Listen and learn. I’m a huge fan.”
~ Rodney Crowell

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