For every big Nashville star, there are several musicians like Darrell Scott, who makes a good living standing one step outside of the spotlight. A successful sideman, Scott also wrote a bunch of hits for artists like the Dixie Chicks before making a run at being his own boss and going out on tour as a solo artist.
Even though I had met Scott when he performed at the Kent State Folk Festival as part of Tim O'Brien's Crossing Tour, seeing him on his own at MerleFest (the big spring bluegrass festival in North Carolina) was a revelation. Of all of the artists that I saw during the massive four-day event, Scott was the one I kept coming back to. He's a great player — that's been his bread and butter for years — but the soulfulness and strength of his singing and songwriting caught me off guard and wouldn't let me go.
When I had the chance to book him as a solo act for this year's Kent State Folk Festival, I jumped at the chance. Scott and I had a chance to talk about his journey and his success as a working musician when he stopped by the Folk Alley studios to perform a few songs from his new CD, Modern Hymns.
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