Jan. 1, 2007 "There were times when I got up on a soapbox on this record," Darrell Scott says of his latest release, "The Invisible Man." "But I think we're living in the weirdest time of my lifetime and I'm going to say something about it."
Typically, when Scott has something to say, folks listen. Folks like Faith Hill, the Dixie Chicks, Garth Brooks and Travis Tritt have recorded songs by this Grammy-nominated songwriter.
Scott stops by GAC's The Edge of Country, at 1 pm EST, Wednesday, Jan. 13, to share his thoughts on making records on his own terms and in his own house.
"Most of this record was recorded at home. What I like to do is make a recording session more like a gathering," the 48-year-old explains. "I know that technically we're supposed to be in separate rooms, sort of sequestered off from one another. But I like to get us all into one room."
An in-demand session musician, Scott acknowledges his nontraditional ways. "Having played on lots of sessions here in town (Nashville), I've certainly done the studio stuff and I know that style of recording. But there's something about recording at home, playing together and capturing that as opposed to creating something later on."
"The Invisible Man," Scott's sixth album, was released on his own Full Light Records label, a company he started in 2003. He speaks candidly about his reasons for launching the label. "I had music to get out and sometimes you're not at all appealing to the major labels ... they're looking for certain things. And I thought that we could do a better job," he says. "I have great friends who are engineers, singers, photographers and it's just basically, 'Let me make records with my friends.'"
Another freedom label ownership afforded Scott was the ability to release an album related to his father, 72-year-old Wayne Scott. "I grew up hearing my dad's songs but he'd only do his original songs in the house. We'd play honky-tonks on weekends, but he'd never do his own tunes" there, he says of his younger days growing up in London, Ky. "The Weary Way" is a collection of his father's original songs and features guest appearances by the likes of Guy Clark and Tim O'Brien.
The Nashville resident admits he has lots of ideas for records but adds that "the trouble is finishing them." When he does finish them, they will have to pass the most stringent of inspections. "It's got to be an album that I want to listen to. I'm really trying to make an album that I want to hear and I want to see what the music means to other people."
Touring schedule for Darrell Scott:
Feb. 16, Pioneer Park Theatre, Fairbanks, Alaska
Feb. 17, Discovery Theatre, Anchorage, Alaska
Feb. 24, Wintergrass, Tacoma, Wash.
March 23, Suwannee Spring Festival, Live Oak, Fla.
March 30, Capitol Plaza Hotel, Frankfort, Ky.
April 13, Uncle Calvin's, Dallas
April 14, House Concert, Shreveport, La.
April 19, Old Settler's Music Festival, Austin, Texas
April 27, 28 and 29, Wilkes Community College, Wilkesboro, N.C.
May 19, Kennesaw Mountain Gardens, Marietta, Ga.
June 2, Appalachian Uprising Festival, Scottown, Ohio
June 16, Fur Peace Ranch, Pomeroy, Ohio
Aug. 4, BikeStock, Mount Airy, N.C.
(Ronna Rubin, a 21-year veteran of the music industry, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service.)