Darrell Scott with Supporting Act Voxology Opens Susquehanna Folk’s Season

By John Hope

Darrell Scott, who has collaborated with stars such as Joan Baez, Emmylou Harris and Steve Earle and has won several awards for his songwriting, brings a concert of his dynamic original songs to Harrisburg on Saturday, September 30 at the Fort Hunter Barn, 5300 N. Front Street, Harrisburg. Opening for Scott in this program sponsored by Susquehanna Folk Music Society will be the hit local duo Voxology. The concert will be preceded by a free 6 p.m. potluck dinner.

Born in London, Kentucky, son of musician Wayne Scott, with whom he has also worked, Darrell Scott has developed a loyal fan base for his songs which capture the voice of working people and the people of the land. His songs have been recorded by over 70 artists including Garth Brooks, Sam Bush, Keb Mo, Guy Clark, Kathy Mattea, and Patty Loveless. The Dixie Chicks’ version of his song “Long Time Gone” was nominated for a Grammy in 2003.

Scott has lived in Nashville since about 1995 and has established himself as one of the area’s leading session musicians. He also has written a number of mainstream country hits. Explaining his love for the music, he says he comes from a long line of Scots and Irish immigrants who brought their music with them. “My people came from Kentucky,” he says, “poor tobacco farmers of the first half of the 20th Century and Harlan County coal miners for decades ahead of that. From silver-haired daddy to momma’s hungry eyes, I was baptized in country music.”

In January 2011, his album A Crooked Road won the award for the Country Album category from The 10th Annual Independent Music Awards. In early 2005, his Theatre Of The Unheard won in the 4th Annual Independent Music Awards for Album of the Year. He won the 2007 Song of the Year award from the Americana Music Association for his song “Hank Williams’ Ghost,” which appears on his 2006 album The Invisible Man.

In 2010, Brad Paisley’s cover of Scott’s song “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive” was the closing song played on the TV drama Justified during the final scene of the final episode of the first season. It was used again in the final episode of the second season.

Scott says that his latest album, Long Ride Home, is a country music tribute with 16 songs that go back as far as 30 years. “It is country music how I remember it, with some of the players that made the very music that was both lifting and breaking my heart as a kid,” he says. “What I find is the country music industry has changed, but country and working people have not changed so much. They still love country music when they hear it. I hope they get to hear this—a long ride home.”

Opening the concert will be local favorite Voxology, featuring the honeyed singing of Les Vonderlin and the guitar wizardry of Kevin Neidig. Their bluegrass-tinged repertoire bursts with award-winning songwriting and exquisite harmonies.

The 7:30 p.m. concert will be preceded by a free 6 p.m. potluck dinner. Bring a dish to share; place settings and beverages will be provided. Concert tickets are $24 General Admission, $20 for SFMS members, and $10 for students ages 3-22. Advance tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets at (800) 838-3006 or online at http://www.BrownPaperTickets.com. This concert is supported, in part, through grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Cultural Enrichment Fund. For more information, visit the Susquehanna Folk Music Society web site at http://www.sfmsfolk.org

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