Darrell Scott
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Darrell Scott
Darrell Scott
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Darrell Scott at Cactus Cafe in Austin, Texas. Photo by Ron Baker (2011).
Background information
James Darrell Scott
Born (1959-08-06) August 6, 1959 (age 58)
London, Kentucky, United States
Origin Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Genres Country
Instruments Vocals, guitar, mandolin
Labels Sugar Hill, Full Light

James Darrell Scott, known as Darrell Scott (born August 6, 1959),[1] is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. The son of musician Wayne Scott, he moved as a child to East Gary, Indiana (known today as Lake Station, Indiana). He was playing professionally by his teens in Southern California. Later, Darrell moved to Toronto then Boston. He attended Tufts University, where he studied poetry and literature. He has lived in Nashville, Tennessee since about 1995. He has written several mainstream country hits, and he has also established himself as one of Nashville's premier session instrumentalists. His younger brother, David Scott, occasionally accompanies Darrell on the keyboard.

Musical career

Scott (second-right) with Band of Joy at Birmingham Symphony Hall, 27 October 2010

Scott has collaborated with Steve Earle, Sam Bush, Emmylou Harris, John Cowan, Verlon Thompson, Guy Clark, Tim O'Brien, Kate Rusby, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Mary Gauthier, Dan Tyminski, and many others. His music has attracted a growing fanbase, and he tours regularly with his own band. His album, Crooked Road, was released May 25, 2010.[2] In early 2005, Scott's Theatre Of The Unheard won in The 4th Annual Independent Music Awards for Album of the Year.[3]

He won the 2007 Song of the Year award from the Americana Music Association for his song "Hank William's Ghost"[4] 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, pedal, lap steel and banjo.

In 2010, Brad Paisley's cover of the 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.[5] The fourth season's final episode used a version by Dave Alvin.[6] The fifth season's final episode used a version by the Ruby Friedman Orchestra.[7] The final episode of the series featured the original composition by Darrell Scott himself.[8]

In January 2011, his album A Crooked Road won the award for the Country Album category from The 10th Annual Independent Music Awards.[9]

Darrell Scott (2008)

Songs by Darrell Scott covered by other musicians

Singles composed with others


Year Title Label Peak chart positions
US Country



1997 Aloha From Nashville JustUs -- -- -- --
1999 Family Tree Sugar Hill -- -- -- --
2000 Real Time (with Tim O'Brien) Full Light -- -- -- --
2003 Theatre of the Unheard -- -- -- --
2004 Live in NC (with Danny Thompson and Kenny Malone) -- -- -- --
2006 The Invisible Man -- -- -- --
2008 Modern Hymns Appleseed -- -- -- --
2010 A Crooked Road Full Light -- 32 13 --
2012 Long Ride Home 55 22 14 --
Live: We're Usually a Lot Better Than This
(with Tim O'Brien)
64 35 -- 3
2013 Memories and Moments (with Tim O'Brien) Full Skies 36 9 13 2
2015 Ten: Songs of Ben Bullington Full Light -- -- -- --
2016 Couchville Sessions 41 24 21 --
"--" denotes releases that did not chart



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