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Darrell Scott spins “A Crooked Road”

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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.

Darrell Scott - A Crooked RoadScott 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.

Darrell Scott – A Crooked Road

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Written by John McMillen

June 6, 2010 at 10:57 am

Local music bits

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I had the chance to catch up with Nathan Lynn  yesterday at his show at The Breakers on Kentucky Lake. Nathan Blake LynnNathan told me he was headed to Nashville this week to begin recording his third album which hopefully will be ready by years end or soon thereafter. It was a great show with Kentucky Lake as the backdrop in this great venue for music. The lineup included Nathan on guitar and fronting the show, Cody Campbell on bass, Casey Campbell on banjo, Clayton Campbell on fiddle and Josh Coffey on mandolin.

Also was able to sit and speak with Josh Coffey of Bawn in the Mash for a few minutes. He shared that the new “Mash” album may be a bit more “rootsy” than Confluence was. This will be the fourth album for Bawn in the Mash.

Look for more information on both of these local acts in the coming months. You can catch both playing this weekend at the LBL Picking Party and the 1890’s Homeplace in Land Between the Lakes. Music starts at 10:00 AM Saturday and 11:00 AM Sunday. Bring your lawn chairs AND your bug spray. You can find more information on the Picking Party at LBL.org.

After the Picking Party both acts have shows Saturday night May 29th in western Kentucky. Nathan Blake Lynn will be playing at Doe’s Eat Place at 8:00 PM. Bawn in the Mash will play at The Big Apple Cafe at 9:00 PM in Murray, KY.

~ John McMillen

Written by John McMillen

May 24, 2010 at 9:56 pm