Darrell Scott spins “A Crooked Road”
It’s a long way from Darrell Scott’s birthplace of London, KY to where he finds himself these days and the prolific songwriter couldn’t have given his new album a better name. A Crooked Road was released May 25th and Scott packed two years of songwriting into a 2-CD release that stands shoulder-to-shoulder with his best work.
Scott has garnered success penning songs for others that include John Cowan, Reba McEntire, Maura O’Connell, Mary Gauthier, Tim O’Brien, Trace Adkins, Travis Tritt, Blue Highway, Suzy Boggus, Grath Brooks, Sam Bush, Hayes Carll, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Guy Clark, The Dixie Chicks, Sara Evans, Beppe Gambetta, Kathy Mattea, Del McCoury, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley and so many more. With a list like this to his credit there is no doubt that he knows how to work the machine in Nashville but with Scott, however, there is a rarity to his life as a songwriter. His songs rarely sound better than when he delivers them and that sets him apart from the mill of songwriters producing content for the faces of major labels.
This is Darrell Scott’s seventh release since 1997, his first 2-CD release and surprisingly there is no fill-material in this 80-plus minute experience. The common theme here is relationships both good and bad and the emotions, experiences and people within. This is yet another great album from Darrell Scott that equals what I consider his two best releases Aloha From Nashville (Sugar Hill, 1997) and Family Tree (Sugar Hill, 1999). This time around Scott is a one-man show as he recorded everything you hear alone, mostly from his home studio. Scott plays over 15 instruments throughout the recording… some admittedly learned along the way.
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