Country artist Darrell Scott makes music magic live on the spot
BY JENNIFER CHANCELLOR World Scene Writer
Thursday, November 17, 2011
11/17/11 at 4:56 AM
It's not that he's unprepared - Darrell Scott is an ultimate perfectionist.
And to him, that means living in the moment and being able to transfer his deepest feelings to his fans.
"I don't have a setlist. I never have a setlist," Scott said of his live shows. "What happens is figured out on the spot and reflected from the crowd and how we're feeling. Each night is different. It's not sloppy. It's honest."
He plays from the heart, he said.
"Some of these songs you will definitely recognize from the Dixie Chicks to Tim McGraw and Brad Paisley," he said.
But he wrote them all.
Many of his tunes have been recorded by major country stars such as Travis Tritt, Faith Hill, Steve Earle, Joan Baez, Alan Jackson, Guy Clark, Emmylou Harris, John Cowan and Patty Loveless. To name a few.
Scott's songs cross from bluegrass to country and Americana and back again. He's also been nominated for two Grammy awards.
He's performed with even more stars, including as part of the Grammy-nominated Band of Joy, fronted by former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant. He just got off the road from a 13-month stint with the band, which also came through Tulsa late last year. He hints that the group may record another album with Plant in 2012.
"Robert is an absolute master of collaboration," Scott said. "Every moment with him is a moment of discovery."
Especially live, he said. "We became like another band," separate from the one that recorded the last self-titled album. "We'd be on the road and play a song live that we'd never played before. It's a very brave place to be."
Life is about discovery, Scott said.
At age 50, he's still blazing a trail that few others dare to tread.
"I'm the catch-all instrument guy," he said of his Band of Joy gig. He plays lap steel guitar, electric and acoustic guitar, cello, drums, harp, mandolin, accordion, banjo, piano and more.
Going through a divorce at age 50 after being married almost 30 years, Scott's realized life, like his music, isn't predictable.
So he's written an album about it. His sixth solo work is a double album called "A Crooked Road" and is full of stories. He plays every instrument and sings every tune on the album.
"I'm all ears, all heart, all eyes," he said of his music-playing and songwriting. "I have no agenda except to play music."
His voice wavers somewhere between Lowell George and James Taylor, his songs sturdy and his tales true.
"Once upon a time, playing and writing was cathartic. These days, music makes me braver than I actually am. I'm very shy," Scott said. "Music becomes my badge of experience. Honesty and forethought, that's my job. It's the song that wants to communicate."
Scott's written more than 70 songs that have been recorded by other artists. Some of them include:
"It's a Great Day to Be Alive" (Travis Tritt, Cory Morrow)
"We've Got Nothing But Love to Prove" (Faith Hill)
"Out In The Parking Lot" (Guy Clark, Brad Paisley with Alan Jackson)
"You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive" (Brad Paisley, Patty Loveless, Kathy Mattea, Zakk Wylde, Red Molly)
"With A Memory Like Mine" (John Cowan)
"River Take Me" (Sam Bush)
"Long Time Gone" (Dixie Chicks)
"Heartbreak Town" (Dixie Chicks)
"Family Tree" (Darryl Worley)
"Proving You Wrong" (Keb' Mo')
"Head South" (Robinella)
Original Print Headline: Country songwriter excels at making magic live on the spot
Darrell Scott with opening act Jared Tyler
When: Doors open 7 p.m. Showtime 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: All Soul Acoustic Coffeehouse, 2952 S. Peoria Ave.
Tickets: All ages. $20, plus fees, available at the door, Starship Records, Café Cubana, tulsaworld.com/ticketstorm or call 866-966-1777.
Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Darrell Scott returns to Tulsa, this time on a solo tour. He performs at All Soul Acoustic Coffeehouse on Saturday. Courtesy