Darrell Scott: American musician (1959-)
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Darrell Scott
American musician

Darrell Scott

Darrell Scott
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Intro American musician
Is Musician Singer Mandolinist Songwriter
From United States of America
Field Music
Gender male
Birth 6 August 1959, London, Kentucky
Age 64 years
Darrell Scott
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James Darrell Scott, known as Darrell Scott (born August 6, 1959), 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, and many others. His unique music has attracted a growing fanbase, and he tours regularly with his own band. His latest album, Crooked Road, was released May 25, 2010. In early 2005, Scott's Theatre Of The Unheard won in The 4th Annual Independent Music Awards for Album of the Year.

He won the 2007 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, 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. The fourth season's final episode used a version by Dave Alvin. The fifth season's final episode used a version by the Ruby Friedman Orchestra. The final episode of the series featured the original composition by Darrell Scott himself.

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

Darrell Scott (2008)

Songs by Darrell Scott covered by other musicians

  • "It's a Great Day to Be Alive" - Travis Tritt, Cory Morrow
  • "You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive" - Brad Paisley, Patty Loveless, Kathy Mattea, Red Molly, Dave Alvin, Ruby Friedman Orchestra, Maxida Märak and Downhill Bluegrass Band
  • "Long Time Gone" - Dixie Chicks
  • "We've Got Nothing But Love to Prove" - Faith Hill
  • "Proving You Wrong" - Keb' Mo'
  • "Out In The Parking Lot" - Guy Clark, Brad Paisley with Alan Jackson
  • "River Take Me" - Sam Bush
  • "Heartbreak Town" - Dixie Chicks
  • "Head South" - Robinella
  • "Family Tree" - Darryl Worley
  • "With A Memory Like Mine" - John Cowan, Mountain Heart
  • "Love's Not Through With Me Yet" - Johnsmith
  • "Daddy Lessons" - Beyoncé (remix with Dixie Chicks sampled Long Time Gone)

Singles composed with others

  • "Born to Fly" - Sara Evans


Year Title Peak chart positions
US Country
1997 Aloha From Nashville
1999 Family Tree
2000 Real Time (with Tim O'Brien)
2003 Theatre of the Unheard
2004 Live in NC (with Danny Thompson and Kenny Malone)
2006 The Invisible Man
2008 Modern Hymns
2010 A Crooked Road 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) 36 9 13 2
2015 Ten: Songs of Ben Bullington
2016 Couchville Sessions 41 24 21
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Preceded by
James McMurtry
AMA Song of the Year (Songwriter)
Succeeded by
Hayes Carll & Brian Keane
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