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James Darrell Scott, known as Darrell Scott (b August 6, 1959, London, Kentucky ), the son of musician Wayne Scott with whom he has collaborated, is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. 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 brother, David Scott, accompanies him on occasion on keyboard.
Musical career 
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.
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.
Songs Covered By Other Artists 
- "It's a Great Day to Be Alive" - Travis Tritt, Cory Morrow
- "You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive" - Brad Paisley, Patty Loveless, Kathy Mattea, Zakk Wylde, Red Molly, Dave Alvin
- "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
Singles Composed with other Artists 
|Year||Title||Peak chart positions|
|1997||Aloha From Nashville||—||—||—||—|
|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||—||—||—||—|
|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)
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|AMA Song of the Year (Songwriter)
Hayes Carll & Brian Keane
- allmusic.com Bio
- allmusic.com Review by J. Poet and track listing
- Independent Music Awards - 4th Annual Winners[dead link]
- Americana Music Association Recipient Archive
- "Darrell Scott Album & Song Chart History - Country Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 9, 2012.
- "Darrell Scott Album & Song Chart History - Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 9, 2012.
- "Darrell Scott Album & Song Chart History - Folk Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 9, 2012.
- "Bluegrass Albums Week of October 27, 2012". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 18, 2012.
- Official Website
- "Wayne and Darrell Scott: Father-Son Country", Fresh Air from WHYY-FM, July 3, 2006
- WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour, Archive, see episodes #103, #109, #326, #584
- Darrell Scott's audio series released each new moon
- Songwriting courses taught by Darrell Scott