Darrell Scott spent a Tuesday evening talking about his music & playing his songs with host Kyle Hutton and the live audience at Dosey Doe. Scott became one of the more successful country songwriters of the 90’s & early 2000’s, placing songs with the biggest names in country music: Garth Brooks, the Dixie Chicks, Tim McGraw. Kyle Hutton sat down with this true master songwriter to talk & play the music that has catapulted him to success.
Born on a tobacco farm in London, Ky., in 1959, and raised in E. Gary, Indiana, Darrell was part of a musical family. His father Wayne, a steelworker by trade but a songwriter in his heart, moved his clan to Southern California when Darrell was 11. Soon Darrell and brothers Denny, Dale, Don, and David were part of their dad’s band, getting on-the-job training in country music as they played its hits on the stages of roadhouses and taverns as far north as Alaska.
Darrell eventually left the band and California, paying some more musical dues in Toronto and in Boston and earning a degree in poetry from nearby Tufts University, where he also studied literature. With his lyric skills sharpened and his abilities on guitars, banjo and other instruments already road-tested, Darrell followed his muse to country music’s Ground Zero, Nashville. His key to entering Music Row’s inner circles was, at first, his string-slinging skills – starting in 1992, he appeared on albums by alt.country mavericks Guy Clark (for whom he later produced two CDs) and Steve Earle, Randy Travis, Patty Loveless, and dozens more.
Darrell plays more than 50 shows a year, including prestigious US and UK festivals, and conducts songwriting workshops around the country. He recently had to turn down invitations to lead road bands for Joan Baez and for the current Alison Krauss/Robert Plant tour due to logistics. We should all have such problems; we should all have such skills. But Darrell does, and that’s what makes him such a distinctive and creative force in contemporary music.
Real Life Real Music makes it’s home at Dosey Doe in the Woodlands, Texas select Tuesday nights throughout the year. Every show is recorded and rebroadcast throughout the Real Life syndicated network of radio stations.
For more information about Darrell Scott visit www.darrellscott.com.
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