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Darrell Scott is a 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. Scott has 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. He's also spent much of the last year touring the world as part of Robert Plant's Band of Joy, following the release of his 6th solo album, A Crooked Road, where Scott wrote all the songs, and played all the instruments, and did all the singing. It recounts the bruises and blessings of 30 years of love relationships, in an intimate, intense, and introspective way.
Rolling Stone says Scott matches "Guy Clark and Bruce Springsteen at their best" while Vintage Guitar says "he ranks as the most outstanding and underrated songwriter and performer in the United States today." Entertainment Weekly lauds his "powerful writing, passionate vocals, and masterful picking" while the Houston Press says "His songs are every bit as good as those of Steve Earle, John Prine or....Guy Clark, and when he lays into a Les Paul or a vintage Martin, sparks fly....One of the baddest cats in Nashville. Or anywhere."
Fellow musicians gush about Darrell Scott. Says Sam Bush, "His playing is unreal. He's just limitless in his approach and knowledge of instruments." Nick Forster, of Hot Rize and host of E-Town, adds "Nobody else can do what he does." Rodney Crowell notes "that soulful voice and the gift of playing any instrument in the room--exceedingly well."