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In an age of conformity, Darrell Scott proves that a talented non-conformist can still succeed. A soulful iconoclast, Scott is a hit 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’s been nominated for a Grammy four times.
Darrell Scott is known as a songwriter for Garth Brooks, Faith Hill and the Dixie Chicks — and as a sideman for singers like Steve Earle, Guy Clark, Patty Loveless and Tim O’Brien — the Kentucky native is a Grammy-nominated artist, an award-winning songwriter and a first-call session musician. From alternate tunings to palm muted rhythm Darrell uses the full spectrum of what the acoustic guitar is capable of, and he doesn’t stop on the acoustic guitar – he excels on dobro and mandolin — the man plays everything from piano to banjo to slide, you name it he plays it, and he plays it very well. Along the way, the multi-instrumentalist earned a degree in poetry from Tufts University.
He has toured extensively with Guy Clark, Sam Bush and Tim O’Brien and recorded with Patty Loveless, Randy Travis, Steve Earle, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Trisha Yearwood and Kate Rusby, among scores of others. He has written some of the most iconic songs in popular music. Songs such as “Long Time Gone” made famous by the Dixie Chicks, along with “It’s a Great Day to Be Alive” sung by Travis Tritt all came from Darell Scott’s pen as well as many many others.
Darrell’s performances contain absolutely magical moments. His playing, singing, and song selection are products purely of the moment, and his varying treatments of songs keep you engaged throughout. He is the type of performer that seems most comfortable in the moment, and is an inspiration to anyone watching. From his playing, to his singing, to the constant variations of his songs, as well as his writing, this songwriter is one that is about as prolific as they get. His songs weave tales in an effortless manner, and as a listener you are always in for a wild musical and lyrical ride.
Grammy Nomination for Best Country Song – “Long Time Gone” Dixie Chicks 2003
Grammy Nomination for Best Country Instrumental Performance – “The Second Mouse” 2001
Americana 2007 Song of the Year – “Hank Williams’ Ghost”
Rolling Stone Magazine listed Theatre of the Unheard as one of the 2003 Critics Top Albums
ASCAP Songwriter of the Year 2002
NSAI Songwriter of the Year 2001
Songs recorded by over 70 artists including: Dixie Chicks, Keb Mo, Faith Hill, Guy Clark, Sam Bush, Maura O’Connell, Kathy Mattea, Brad Paisley, Sara Evans, Garth Brooks, Patty Loveless, Trace Adkins, Tim McGraw …
Recorded With: Steve Earle, Kate Rusby, Joan Baez, Jim Lauderdale, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Jon Pousette-Dart, Ginny Hawker, Malcolm Holcombe, John McCusker, Allison Moorer, Jessie Alexander, Randy Travis.
Production: Guy Clark, Susan Werner, Wayne Scott.