Darrell Scott: The Man Behind The Songs You Sing Along To
James Darrell Scott, known professionally as Darrell Scott was born August 6, 1959, and is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist musician. The son of musician Wayne Scott, Darrell moved to East Gary, Indiana as a child. He initially started out playing Bass at the age of 6. Darrell was playing guitar professionally by the time he was in his teens living in Southern California. Later in life, Darrell moved to Toronto followed by Boston. Later, he attended Tufts University and studied literature and poetry. He has lived in all over North America, but now resides in Nashville, Tennessee and has since about 1995. Music runs in the family, as his younger brother, David Scott, will occasionally accompany Darrell on the keyboard. Darrell has written several mainstream country hits, and he has ultimately established himself as one of Nashville’s premier session musicians.
Now that we covered a bit of a history of Darrell, let’s get onto the music he has written. Some of his most popular songs that you may know are: It’s a Great Day to Be Alive, Long Time Gone, Proving You Wrong and River Take Me. Several artists have often paid tribute to Darrell and will cover his songs. For example, the likes of Travis Tritt, Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill and Brad Paisley have all taken their stab at some of Darrell’s classic songs.
The Curtain Draws
Scott has shared the stage and the studio with a slew of huge names over the years. He has collaborated with the likes of Steve Earle, Sam Bush, Emmylou Harris, John Cowan, Verlon Thompson. Additionally, he has worked with Guy Clark, Tim O’Brien, Kate Rusby, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Mary Gauthier, Dan Tyminski, among countless others. His music has attracted a growing fan-base over the years. Darrell also tours regularly with his own band. In 2007 Darrel won the Song of the Year award from the Americana Music Association for his song “Hank William’s Ghost” which appears on his album The Invisible Man released in 2006. In 2010, he was announced as part of the Band of Joy, alongside Robert Plant, credited as performing vocals, mandolin, guitar, accordion, lap steel, and banjo. These are just a few accolades on a long list of accomplishments throughout Darrell’s career.
Whether you have heard Darren’s music on your favorite album by Steve Earl or Sam Bush, or you have seen him play live with his band you are sure to have had a great time. A singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has shared the stage not only the stage but also the studio with several big-name artists in country music. If you haven’t heard Darrell Scott, then what are you waiting for? Get out there and give him a listen, it is not something you will regret.