Darrell Scott Playing in Harrisburg September 30, 3012

Darrell Scott is an award winning singer songwriter and one of Nashville’s premier session instrumentalists. He has collaborated with many of country music’s biggest stars and has written songs recorded by Sam Bush, Keb’ Mo’, Brad Paisley and others. The Dixie Chicks’ version of his song “Long Time Gone” was nominated for a Grammy in 2003. He is a powerful singer and instrumentalist of whom Sam Bush says, “His playing is unreal. He’s just limitless in his approach and knowledge of instruments!”

Darrell Scott will be making his way to the midstate on September 30th where he’ll give a live performance as a part of Susquehanna Folk Music Society’s concert series at 7:30 pm at the Fort Hunter Centennial located at 5300 North Front Street in Harrisburg. The popular group Voxology, which featured the honeyed voice of Les Vonderlin and the guitar wizardry of Kevin Neidig, opens. A potluck dinner precedes the concert at 6 pm. Tickets are available at the door and through the organizer’s website at www.sfmsfolk.org.

Darrell Scott was born in London, Kentucky, son of musician Wayne Scott, whom Darrell calls “the real deal.” One of five boys, he grew up hearing country music and playing in a family band with his father and brothers. Much of his current writing is colored by this early immersion into the music of Hank Williams and other early-country stars that captured the voice of working people and the people of the land. “I guess the old country music was simpler,” he says, reflecting on the music of his childhood. “It was all about cheating, drinking, working and longing. It’s the kind of music that really cuts deep.”

Darrell Scott moved to Nashville in 1995 to pursue a career as a professional musician and songwriter. “I knew ever since I was a kid that I would make music my life,” he says. “It’s what we did as a family so it was really natural for me to gravitate towards it” He has become successful as a sessions musicians appearing on albums by Olivia Newton John, Kathy Mattea, Sam Bush, Guy Clark, John Cowan, Suzy Boggus and many others. He has written a number of mainstream country hits including one of his most famous “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive” which is about the life of a coalminer. “My family came from Harlan County Kentucky, “he says. “That song was about trying to find out what happened to a great grandfather of mine.” “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive” was recorded by Brad Paisley and Patty Loveless, and another song “It’s a Great Day to be Alive” was recorded by Travis Tritt.

Darrell Scott has recorded ten CDs including in 2010 A Crooked Road, a winner in the Country Album category from The 10th Annual Independent Music Awards. This album is unique because on it he plays all of the instruments including guitar, mandolin, lap steel, keyboard, drums, bass, harp and cello. Other honors include a 2005 Independent Music Award for Album of the Year for his album Theatre Of The Unheard, the 2007 Song of the Year Award from the Americana Music Association for his song “Hank Williams’ Ghost, and in 2002 a Songwriter of the Year Award by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. His latest CD; humorously titled We’re Usually a Lot Better Than This is a live recording made with bluegrass icon Tim O’Brien. It is due out next month but will be available at the concert.

Darrell Scott has toured across the United States and internationally. He has performed and recorded with dobro player Jerry Douglas and others for The Transatlantic Sessions; a project that contrasts Americana music with Celtic. He has also performed on NPR’s Mountain Stage and at large scale country/bluegrass festivals such as MerleFest. A fan plans to come see him play on September 30th recently enthused, “I can’t believe that I’m going to be able to see Darrell Scott in such an intimate venue. I’m used to seeing him on a big stage with hundreds of people in the audience.”

 

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