Darrell Scott Interview

(Originally aired on October 4, 2012)

Darrell Scott is one of Nashville's musical treasures. He's a superb multi-instrumentalist who also happens to be a hit songwriter an exceedingly rare combination. When Robert Plant formed Band of Joy in 2010, he tapped Scott to add vocals and play guitar, mandolin, accordion, pedal steel, and banjo. Scott has collaborated with such bluegrass, country, and Americana heavyweights as Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Sam Bush, Joan Baez, Jim Lauderdale, Randy Travis, and Tim O'Brien. The Dixie Chicks had a massive hit with Scott's "Long Time Gone," and Brad Paisley's cover of Scott's "You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive" closed the final episode of the first season of the TV drama Justified. Scott won the Americana Music Association's 2007 Song of the Year award with "Hank William's Ghost," and in 2011 his album A Crooked Road topped the Country Album category in The 10th Annual Independent Music Awards.

Scott has two new albums, a live concert recording with bluegrass and country multi-instrumentalist Tim O'Brien called We're Usually A Lot Better Than This and Long Ride Home a studio record that features him on pedal steel, among other instruments. In our exclusive interview Scott describes his approach to songwriting and takes us behind the scenes of making these albums. During the feature, we'll also hear selections from both releases.