Darrell Scott

Darrell Scott

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"Darrell Scott 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

Biography

DARRELL SCOTT - BIO

Darrell Scott is a successful songwriter, an in-demand instrumentalist and an acclaimed performer and recording artist -- all achievements earned while burning his own path instead of playing by the accepted rules of the music industry.

He has recently launched Full Light Records (distributed by Ryko Distribution) so he can fully own and control his recordings. The first release on Full Light, the pointedly titled THEATRE OF THE UNHEARD, rescues material lost when a major label decided not to release Scott’s first solo album 12 years ago. Re-recording the songs in his Nashville studio with a carefully selected band, Scott resurrects work that had been entombed but not forgotten. “Part of me couldn’t let these songs go,” says the burly Scott. “I always felt they deserved to be heard. Your first record always features the best songs you’ve written up to that point in your life. Because the album got shelved and never came out, I had to move on and act like those songs didn’t exist. But I never forgot them.” In starting his own label, he seized the opportunity to give his old songs new life. Working with a core group that featured drummer Kenny Malone, bassist Danny Thompson and steel guitarist Dan Dugmore, Scott re-made the songs, filling them with the maturity and confidence he’s gained since initially recording them in 1991. In January 2005, THEATRE OF THE UNHEARD won the 4th Annual Independent Music Award’s Album of the Year honor.

Scott’s long since proven that his songs deserve recognition. As a songwriter, he’s contributed a string of hits that reads like a list of the best modern country music has to offer. There’s the Grammy Award winning “Long Time Gone” and “Heartbreak Town,” both top hits for the Dixie Chicks. “Great Day to be Alive” helped Travis Tritt complete his comeback; “Born to Fly” was a No. 1 hit for Sara Evans, while “Family Tree” was successful for Darryl Worley and “When No One’s Around” extended Garth Brooks’ run. “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive” was cut in the same year by both Patty Loveless and Brad Paisley. In 2004, Scott had songs recorded by Tim McGraw, Keb Mo, Mountain Heart, Julie Roberts, Kathy Mattea, Andy Griggs, Faith Hill, and others. In all, Scott has had more than 45 cuts by other artists.

His success led to ASCAP naming him Songwriter of the Year in 2002. The National Songwriters Association International awarding him its Songwriter of the Year honor the previous year. Stars like Garth Brooks and the Dixie Chicks -- who describe Darrell as “one of the great writers of our time” -- aren’t his only champions. His albums have been heralded by artists as diverse as Maura O’Connell, Pat Green, John Cowan, Bill Miller and Jon Pousette-Dart, all of who recorded his songs. “The songs that have been successful for others were the last ones I thought other artists would record,” he says. “They were such inside songs for me. They’re songs I like a lot. I put them on my records -- that’s how other artists knew about them.”

Scott also plays a plethora of instruments -- “most anything that can be plucked, beat or blown,” as the Musichound Folk Essential Album Guide put it. But he’s perhaps best known for his distinctive ability on guitar, dobro and mandolin, which put him in great demand among discerning fellow artists. In recent years, he’s toured extensively with Guy Clark, Sam Bush and Tim O’Brien and recorded with Patty Loveless, Randy Travis, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Trisha Yearwood and Kate Rusby, among scores of others. Darrell is an active member of Steve Earle’s Bluegrass Dukes. “He’s got one of the most soulful voices in Nashville (think Little Feat’s Lowell George meets James Taylor),” wrote Craig Havighurst of The Tennessean. “And he attracts the finest sidemen.”

He’s recorded five albums, 1997’s Aloha from Nashville, and 1999’s Family Tree both on Sugar Hill Records. A duo album, 2000’s Real Time with Tim O’Brien, containing the Grammy nominated instrumental “The Second Mouse,” now available on Full Light Records. In 2003 Scott released his masterpiece Theatre of the Unheard, a record Rolling Stone hailed as “…an album matching Guy Clark and Bruce Springsteen at their best.” In December of 2004 Live In NC was released, featuring one of the finest double-bassists in the world Danny Thompson, and groove-drummer king Kenny Malone. Live in NC is a pure snapshot of a night on the road with Darrell – no flashpots.

His success, to him, means he’s right to follow his own artistic instincts. “It has given me more confidence to do what’s in my heart,” Scott explains. “I know the source of the songs that have been successful. That tells me that this is what I’m supposed to be doing. I’m still making music for musical reasons, not for business reasons. I think I’m in the right place.”

“When push comes to shove,” he says, “I’d rather be known as a wildly creative guy than a wildly successful busin

Lyrics

Good Ol' USA

Written By: Darrell Scott

EVERYTHING’S A-OKAY (IN THE U.S.A.)

WHAT IF NO ONE WOULD KILL FOR THEIR RELIGION
WHAT IF THE ARMY HAD A BAKE SALE FOR THEIR WARS
WHAT IF CHILDREN OF THE WORLD MADE WORLD DECISIONS
PAINT BY NUMBER JESUS WOULDN’T BE HANGIN’ AROUND ANYMORE

EVERYTHING’S A-OKAY IN THE U.S.A., IN THE GOOD OLD U.S.A.
EVERYTHING’S A-OKAY IN THE U.S.A., IN THE GOOD OLD U.S.A.

IT’S LIKE EVERYTHING AND NOTHIN’ LEADS TO WISDOM
IT’S LIKE NO ONE REALLY MEANT WHAT THEY MEANT
IT’S LIKE EVERY MAN’S A KING, EVERY HOUSE A KINGDOM
IT’S LIKE JOE McCARTHY WAS OUR ACTIN’ PRESIDENT

EVERYTHING’S A-OKAY IN THE U.S.A., IN THE GOOD OLD U.S.A.
EVERYTHING’S A-OKAY IN THE U.S.A., IN THE GOOD OLD U.S.A.
EVERYTHING’S A-OKAY IN THE U.S.A., IN THE GOOD OLD U.S.A.
EVERYTHING’S A-OKAY IN THE U.S.A., IN THE GOOD OLD U.S.A.

I KNOW THAT I, I’M JUST A DREAMER
A COMMON MAN, SCHEMER LOOKING FOR LIGHT
OUT OF THE DARK NIGHT OF MY SOUL
I HEAR THE DRUMS OF WAR, THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’
AND EVERYBODY’S GETTING’ IN THE GROOVE
LAUGHIN’ AND DANCIN’ AND TALKIN’ AND JAMMIN’ AND SINGIN’
WE GOT NOTHIN’ BUT LOVE TO PROVE
HOW ‘BOUT YOU?

EVERYTHING’S A-OKAY IN THE U.S.A., IN THE GOOD OLD U.S.A.
EVERYTHING’S A-OKAY IN THE U.S.A., IN THE GOOD OLD U.S.A.
EVERYTHING’S A-OKAY IN THE U.S.A., IN THE GOOD OLD U.S.A.
EVERYTHING’S A-OKAY IN THE U.S.A., IN THE GOOD OLD U.S.A.

Long Time Gone

Written By: Darrell Scott

Daddy sits on a front porch swinging
Looking out on a vacant field
Used to be filled with burley t'bacca
Now he knows it never will
My Brothers found work in Indiana
M' Sisters a nurse at the old folks home
Mama still cooking too much for supper
And me Ive been a long time gone

[Chorus:]
Been a long time gone
No, I ain't hoed a row since I don't know when
Long time gone
And it ain't coming back again

Deliah plays that ol' church pian'a
Sitting out on her daddys farm
She always thought that we'd be together
Lord I never meant to do her harm
Said she could hear me singin' in the choir
Me, I heard another song
I caught wind and hit the road runnin'
And Lord, I've been a long time gone

[Chorus:]
Been a long time gone
Lord, I ain't had a prayer since I don't know when
Long time gone
And it ain't comin' back again

[Instrumental]

[Bridge]
Now me, I went to Nashville,
Tryin' to beat the big deal
Playin' down on Broadway
Gettin' there the hard way
Living from a tip jar
Sleeping in my car
Hocking my guitar
Yeah Im gonna be a star

Now, me and Deliah singing every Sunday
Watching the children and the garden grow
We listen to the radio to hear what's cookin
But the music ain't got no soul
Now they sound tired but they don't sound Haggard
They've got money but they don't have Cash
They got Junior but they don't have Hank
I think, I think, I think

The rest is a long time gone
No, I ain't hit the roof since I dont know when
Long time gone
And it ain't coming back
I said a long time gone
No, I ain't honked the horn since I dont know when
Long time gone
And it ain't coming back again

I said a long time, long time, long time gone
Well its been a long time

Long time, long time, long time gone
Oh, it's been a long time gone

Long time, long time, long time gone
Yeah yeah

Discography

DARRELL SCOTT RELEASES

Live In NC
Theatre of the Unheard
Real Time (with Tim O'Brien)
Aloha From Nashville
Family Tree

DARRELL SCOTT SONGS

Over 45 Darrell Scott songs recorded by others including:

Kathy Mattea Love’s Not Through With Me Yet (2005)
Jessie Alexander The Long Way (2005)
Dixie Chicks Long Time Gone, Heartbreak Town
(Long Time Gone 2003 Grammy Nomination for Best Country Song)
Travis Tritt It's A Great Day To Be Alive
(The second most played country song of 2001)
Sara Evans Born To Fly (# 1)
Tim McGraw Old Town New
Julie Roberts No Way Out
Andy Griggs My Kind of Beautiful
Trace Adkins Someday
Guy Clark Out In The Parking Lot
Garth Brooks When No One's Around
Brad Paisley You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive
Darryl Worley Family Tree
Patty Loveless You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive
Neal McCoy Honky Tonk Mona Lisa
Lee Greenwood I’m Trying
Pat Green It’s A Great Day To Be Alive
Kevin Sharp I’m Trying
Bill Miller Different Drum
Diamond Rio I’m Trying
Doug Stone Honky Tonk Mona Lisa
Suzy Bogguss No Way Out

2004 Named #3 Country Music Songwriter of the Year by the Country Music Critics Poll
2003 & 2001 Nominated for 2 Grammy Awards
2003 & 2002 Nominated for International Bluegrass Music Association Song Of the Year
2002 ASCAP Songwriter of the Year
2000 & 2001 Nashville Songwriter Association International Songwriter of the Year

For more information please see www.darrellscott.com
Contact: John Condon - condon@comcast.net 615-385-0001

Set List

Darrell can do gigs of any length, with band or solo.

For his repertoire, see Discography, or his website www.darrellscott.com