Darrell Scott's talents as a singer/songwriter are well known these days. Those who haven't heard Scott sing have heard his songs on recordings by the Dixie Chicks, Travis Tritt, Sam Bush, Patty Loveless and numerous others. His studio recordings showcase his skills as a vocalist and songwriter, which are considerable. But it is in concert that one truly discovers that Darrell Scott is one monstrous musician.
Whether playing as front man with his own band, or backing folks like Sam Bush and Steve Earle, one cannot walk away from seeing Scott play without an appreciation for his unique style and versatility as a musician. And like most true players, his already-high bar is raised when joined on the stage by his musical peers.
Such is the case with Live In NC, a live recording with Kenny Malone on drums and bass player Danny Thompson. The result is a rocking, freewheeling performance that lets one find out just what it's like to hear Darrell Scott in concert. This trio is in synch throughout the entire recording, which is part air-tight arrangement, part jamming.
The tunes are a nice mix of some of Scott's early tunes as well as classic covers. He offers a fresh take on Folsom Prison Blues", mixing it into a medley with Townes Van Zandt's classic White Freightliner Blues. His song "River Take Me" takes on eerie new meaning when thinking the recent hurricanes in the Gulf States. His father's song, With a Memory like Mine, a story of a father grieving the loss of a son killed in war, is stirring.
If you haven't had the pleasure of seeing Darrell Scott live, this is the next best thing. If you've been there, it will take you back in a heartbeat. It might be titled "Live In NC", but this is music that should be heard everywhere.
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