Darell Scott performs on Friday night at Jefferson Center | Photo courtesy of Carrie Crawford
Contributed by Carrie Crawford
Those who attended the Darrell Scott show at Jefferson Center on Friday night were treated to a musically magical night. From the low baritone sound of his voice, to the high yodeling and flawless guitar picking, Scott was on point from the moment he stepped on to the stage.
Scott had promised an “extravaganza” and he delivered in spades. His one-off Jefferson Center band consisted of Pete Finney on pedal steel, Shad Cobb on fiddle, Dirk Johnson on piano, Bryn Davies on bass and long-time friend Kenny Malone on drums. Scott allowed all of his band members to take turns showing off their exceptional talents, and the crowd loved it.
From the first note of “Headed South” to the last note of “River Take Me,” the crowd was completely mesmerized. The songs from Scott’s new album, “Long Ride Home,” seemed to transport the crowd back to the days of Hank Williams Sr., back to a time when country music was country music. It was back to his roots: “Pre-Toby, pre-mechanical bull, pre-video,” Scott said.
He peppered in a few fan favorites along with the new material, including “Great Day to Be Alive,” “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive” (which brought several in the crowd to tears), and “Crooked Road.” He requested audience participation for his new song “Pay Lake,” and everyone enthusiastically sang right along.
But the highlight of the evening was the encore. Scott has been actively working with the Music Lab at Jefferson Center and the Roanoke Children’s Choir on a project for a tune called “There’s a World of Song.” He premiered it at the show, with help from The Roanoke Children’s Choir, several local gospel vocalists and local musicians. The number brought the crowd to its feet.
Proceeds from the downloads of the song (to be released this summer), the accompanying video and ticket sales from Friday night’s show will benefit the Music Lab at Jefferson Center.
This was certainly a night that anyone in attendance will not soon forget. It was fun, emotional, and quite possibly one of the best nights of music Roanoke has ever seen.
– Carrie Crawford sings and plays bass for local outlaw country act Casey and the Moonshine Band.