Darrell Scott (#1108)

A Nashville songwriter and multi-instrumentalist performs with his band.

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Songwriter, instrumentalist, acclaimed performer, and recording artist Darrell Scott prides himself on remaining true to his own artistic vision. With his handpicked crew of professional musicians, he continues to win critical acclaim for his unique brand of songwriting.

Born on a tobacco farm in London, KY, Scott grew up in East Gary, IN, where his father, a professional musician, introduced him to the world of songwriting and performing. He played his first professional gig at age 15 in his father’s band. A year later, he spent some time playing roadhouses in Southern California before moving to Canada, where he found work performing with the Mercy Brothers. After years of recording and touring, Scott finally settled into Nashville’s music community in 1992 and quickly became a favorite songwriter and side performer to many of country music’s brightest contemporary stars.

His Grammy-winning songs “Long Time Gone” and “Heartbreak Town” were chart-topping hits for the Dixie Chicks, who describe Scott as “one of the great writers of our time.” He also wrote “Great Day To Be Alive,” a comeback hit for Travis Tritt, as well as the Garth Brooks hit “When No One’s Around.” In 2004, Tim McGraw, Keb’ Mo’, Mountain Heart, Julie Roberts, Kathy Mattea, and Faith Hill all recorded songs written by Scott.

The Darrell Scott Band lineup featured in this Jubilee performance includes drummer Kenny Malone, bassist Matt Mangano, and accordion player and vocalist Suzi Ragsdale. They play an entertaining selection of Scott’s classic material, offering a unique blend of bluegrass, country, zydeco, and folk.