Darrell Scott : Long Road Home

Ohhhh wee baby!

Darrell Scott kicks off Long Road Home, his ode to his childhood and his musical upbringing suitably, with a tune all Southerners can embrace. Non-religious in some ways, but with implied religiosity in others, he opens the record with a tune invoking the old time tradition, “It Must Be Sunday.”

He follows it up with a honky-tonk ramshackle run-thru, “Hopkinsville,” with references to Old Joe Clark and other traditional classics, which add to the mood of this monumental album, which is certainly a testament to Darrell’s ability to write a variety of songs and invoke deep Southern nostalgia simultaneously.

And that is the key to Scott’s craft.  The album has a song for everyone who ever appreciated REAL country music, not pop twang.  “You’re Everything I Wanted Love To Be” is a quality testament to how much every good man needs a good woman, a theme that some may say is cliché, but that is represented in perfect beauty on this album.

The journey of nostalgia ends with Darrell taking a deep-voiced look at a life lived through a pessimistic-yet-realistic lens.  And that’s the way life is.

It’s all here. Boomshakalaka. Shangri-La for the South.

Long Road Home is out now on Thirty Tigers.