Darrell Scott

Modern Hymns

Darrell Scott is a master musician, a songwriter who balances the story telling lines of folk music with the hooks of contemporary country and the musical solid structures that classic country writers built on. Suzy Bogguss, herself a musician who’d emerged from the folk music world to settle in Nashville, was the first mainstream artist to take Scott’s songs to country chart status, in 1996. Since then, Patty Loveless, Kathy Mattea, Tim O’Brien, Garth Brooks, and the Dixie Chicks are among those who’ve recorded Scott’s songs.

Modern Hymns, though, is not an album of Darrell Scott’s own work. It’s an eclectic and varied collection of songwriter favorites, songs that Scott has lived with for years and decades and which remain among his favorite pieces of work by his peers. Those peers include Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Guy Clark, and Pat Metheny, and song choices such as I Don’t Believe You from Dylan, All the Lovely Ladies from Lightfoot, and Frisco Depot from Mickey Newbury. As an interpreter, Scott has an ear for the heart of a song’s story, and an understated way of conveying just that without a lot of bells and whistles, leaving room for those who hear him to listen and learn just as he did. In the liner notes, Scott adds glimpses of his personal history with each song, insights which will be of interest to fans and fellow songwriters alike. He brings in a list of top musicians to support him in serving these songs, too. Among them are Andrea Zonn, Alison Krauss, Dirk Powell, Tim O’Brien, and The Fisk Jubilee Singers.

Kerry Dexter is a contributing writer at the folk and world music magazine Dirty Linen. and the.former folk music editor at VH1.com. She also writes about music, the arts, and creative practice at the award winning blog Music Road

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