James Darrell Scott, known as Darrell Scott 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.
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, 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.
The three wonderful songs are:
You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive is from his 1997 album Aloha from Nashville (Sugar Hill), written after trying to find information about his mysterious great-grandfather whom his family won’t discuss, except to note that he played banjo, was from Harlan county, Kentucky, and “did something bad.” The song was used prominently in the TV-series Justified, performed by other artists and Scott himself.
Next he performs Down to the River from his 2016 release The Couchville Sessions, which features a voice-over from country-folk legend Guy Clark that was 14 years in the making. The album version is included as a Spotify link here:
He rounds off with a song his father wrote the lyrics to, With a Memory like Mine, from 2000’s Real Time (Full Skies).