The Upshot: Unassuming, unpretentious and unfailingly brilliant.
BY JOHN B. MOORE
Over the past two decades, Darrell Scott has built up a pretty solid reputation for churning out intensely succinct songs in the vein of Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark – unassuming, unpretentious and unfailingly brilliant. His new record, Couchville Sessions, his first in four years, does little to diminish that rep.
Over the course of 14 tracks, Scott lays out yet again another argument for why he is one of the best songwriters in a city full of songwriters. Though Scott puts his own stamp on a handful of covers here, like Johnny Cash’s “Big River,” Hank William’s “Ramblin’ Man” and Van Zandt and James Taylor numbers, his own songs stand up just as strong in comparison. From the opening number, “Down the River,” about the po-po putting a damper on a good afternoon, to “Love is the Reason,” one of the sweetest songs about being a parent, Scott shows his depth as a writer.
Despite nearly 20 years of turning in one solid album after another, Scott still remains one of the best kept secrets in Nashville. Couchville Sessions is as good a starting point as any for the unconverted.
DOWNLOAD: “It’s Time to Go Away,” “Big River” and “Love is the Reason”