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Darrell Scott at Cactus Cafe in Austin, Texas. Photo by Ron Baker (2011).
|Birth name||James Darrell Scott|
|Born||August 6, 1959|
London, Kentucky, United States
|Origin||Nashville, Tennessee, United States|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, mandolin|
|Labels||Sugar Hill, Full Light|
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.
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. 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. 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.
Songs by Darrell Scott covered by other musicians
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- "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, Jonah Michea Judy, 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
|Year||Title||Label||Peak chart positions|
|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||—||—||—||—|
|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)
|2013||Memories and Moments (with Tim O'Brien)||Full Skies||36||9||13||2|
|2015||Ten: Songs of Ben Bullington||Full Light||—||—||—||—|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
| AMA Song of the Year (Songwriter)
Hayes Carll & Brian Keane
- "Darrell Scott | Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. 1959-08-06. Retrieved 2014-07-16.
- "A Crooked Road - Darrell Scott | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. 2010-05-25. Retrieved 2014-07-16.
-  Archived July 2, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
-  Archived June 13, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Justified: "You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive"". TV.com. Retrieved 2014-07-16.
- "Justified Season 4 Finale, Episode 13 Ghosts". Ace Weekly. Retrieved 2014-07-16.
- Sepinwall, Alan (2014-04-08). "Season finale review: Justified - Restitution: Daddys home?". Hitfix.com. Retrieved 2014-07-16.
- Bianculli, David (April 15, 2015). "'Justified' Ends With An Unpredictable, Poetic And Memorable Finale". Fresh Air. NPR. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
- "Darrell Scott". Independentmusicawards.com. Retrieved 2014-07-16.
- "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
- Darrell Scott at AllMusic
- Darrell Scott discography at Discogs
- "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