Editors Note: My friend who works with the Americana Music Association turned me on to Darrell Scott's The Invisible Man CD when I was just about to leave on a ten hour drive. I used up at least three hours of it listening to this record. This guy is brilliant in every way and "And the River is Me"* is simply one of the finest songs I've heard in years. And "Goodle, USA," my word this guy is the best truth teller since Steve Earle. All thumbs up on Darrell Scott. —mrJack
Born on a tobacco farm in the coal-mining center of London, Kentucky, Scott moved as a young child to East Gary, Indiana, a steel-mill town on Lake Michigan near Chicago. His father is a musician, and he grew up around music and creativity. By 16, he was playing roadhouses in Southern California. After some dues-paying years in Toronto and Boston, where he attended Tufts University, studying poetry and literature, Scott finally made the move south.
“Unless you come and start looking around, you could think Nashville is all country radio and Christian music,” he says. “Then you realize that Hank Williams, Kris Kristofferson, and Mickey Newbury wrote here.”
From his earliest days in Nashville, Scott the instrumentalist gravitated toward the best, with singers like John Cowan, pickers like Sam Bush, and songwriters like Guy Clark employing his utilitarian string-slinging skills.
“Playing with Sam or trying to sing with Cowan is a really cool thing to do,” Scott says. “And if you’re going to play to support a song, can it get better than supporting a Guy Clark song?” Darrell co-produced two Guy Clark albums Cold Dog Soup and The Dark. Also, Darrell is currently an active member of Steve Earle’s Bluegrass Dukes...
Darrell Scott is a powerful musical spirit. A Grammy-nominated artist, an award-winning songwriter, and a first-call session musician, living and working (literally and figuratively) on the fringes of Nashville’s Music Row, Scott occupies his own unique half-acre in this city’s crowded musical landscape. In a town that’s got pigeonholing down to an art, Darrell Scott stands out as a refreshingly mischievous artist.
“Why don’t we just go ahead and crown this man the King of Americana?” —Robert K. Oermann
Darrell’s tune “Hank Williams’ Ghost” won Song of the Year at the Sixth Annual Americana Honors and Awards. The song appears on his 2006 release The Invisible Man, on Full Light Records.
Darrell Scott - Hank Williams' Ghost
*AND THE RIVER IS ME Lyrics (Words and Music by Darrell Scott)
I GUESS I’VE ALWAYS KNOWN I WAS IN THIS FOR LIFE IT’S COST ME SOME SLEEPLESS DAYS IT’S COST ME A WIFE MAYBE I’VE SPENT A LITTLE TOO MUCH TIME LOOKING IN THE BATHROOM MIRROR WAITING FOR THE STEAM TO DISAPPEAR THINKING I WAS GETTING CLEARER AND CLEARER
MAYBE I COULD’VE BEEN A COOK OR MAYBE TAUGHT HIGH SCHOOL MATH MAYBE I COULD’VE BEEN THE MAN ON THE STREET WITH A FUTURE AS UNCERTAIN AS MY PAST BUT I’VE BEEN SINGING FOR A LIVING BACK AND FORTH ACROSS AMERICA SINGING ‘BOUT THINGS I SHOULD TALK TO MY SHRINK AND TO MY SHRINK SINGING KUM-BY-YAH
WITH MY HEAD IN A SONG AND A SONG IN MY HEAD JUST LET ME LIVE UNTIL I’M DEAD THERE’S SO MANY BOOKS I WISH I’D READ LIKE WAR AND PEACE SO MANY FRIENDS I’VE WON AND LOST SO MANY MASKS I’VE WORN AND TOSSED INTO TROUBLED WATERS I COULD NOT CROSS AND THE RIVER IS ME, AND THE RIVER IS ME
RIVER RUN TO THE OCEAN RIVER ROLL TO THE SEA
THEY HAD THIS TEST BACK IN HIGH SCHOOL AID I HAD A CAREER IN FORESTRY HAD APTITUDE FOR ISOLATION YEAH, I COULD LIVE WITHOUT TV BUT ME, I TOOK THE LOW ROAD LOOKING FOR ANOTHER LIGHT I DON’T LIVE IN A TOWER ON SOME FIRE ROAD BUT THE HUMAN VIEW IS OUT OF SIGHT
WITH MY HEAD IN A SONG AND A SONG IN MY HEAD JUST LET ME LIVE UNTIL I’M DEAD THERE’S SO MANY WORDS I WISH I’D SAID LIKE I’M SORRY I AM SORRY SO MANY FRIENDS I’VE WON AND LOST SO MANY MASKS I’VE WORN AND TOSSED INTO TROUBLED WATERS I COULD NOT CROSS AND THE RIVER IS ME, AND THE RIVER IS ME