Darrell Scott, Danny Thompson & Kenny Malone | Live In NC

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Live In NC

by Darrell Scott, Danny Thompson & Kenny Malone

This live folk/rock/jazz/americana CD captures singer/songwriter/guitarist Darrell Scott (Guy Clark, Steve Earle, Sam Bush) performing electrically and acoustically with legendary upright bassist Danny Thompson (Richard Thompson, Kate Bush, J. Lee Hooker)
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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1. Miracle of Living
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7:26 album only
2. It's The Whiskey That Eases The Pain
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6:15 album only
3. With A Memory Like Mine
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5:22 album only
4. River Take Me
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10:12 album only
5. Helen of Troy, PA
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5:07 album only
6. You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive
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7. Folsom Prison / White Freightliner Blues
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8. I Still Miss Someone
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9. Wayfaring Pilgrim
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Album Notes
Darrell Scott's new "Live in NC" recalls the record -buyer's rush I felt mail-ordering a couple of limited edition CDs some years ago from Richard Thompson's website. They captured the great singer/songwriter guitarist performing electrically and acoustically with bassist Danny Thompson (no relation). The discs did a fine job conveying how these two men command a stage like a couple of ancient English monarchs (wise and benevolent ones, of course) reincarnated as stringed instrument musicians.

Could the parallels be any clearer? "Live in NC" pairs Scott, a stateside wizard of guitar and song, with Danny's bass and the syncopated, deeply grooved timekeeping of drummer Kenny Malone. Like Richard Thompson, Scott writes beautifully, deeply informed by his native folk culture and musical druids. He's a powerhouse singer, and whether by himself or, as here, with gifted collaborators, he can take both acoustic and electric guitar to dazzling, unexpected heights of flat-out jamming.

Matching wits and intensity with Danny Thompson might intimidate some (this is a heavily credentialed veteran who practiced ten hours a day as a young comer), but Scott proves here what those who've followed his rise through Americana and country songwriting already know-that he toiled for years playing long hours in bars and on endless road swings, making the rent, finding himself, and honing the precision and passion you hear in his playing today.

Even a dedicated music freak could go a year without finding a show this good to see in person. Kenny Malone's vast experience in Nashville studios has ripened into subtlety, not showiness, on the skins. Danny's tone and articulation gives the thundering bass its own distinct voice in the mix-headliner status if you will. And Scott's extraordinary songs (plus a few tasty classics) unify and organize an intimate communion between performers and audience. "Live album" often implies a BIG performance in a BIG place, but those tend to vaguely disappoint. Here's more of an unpretentious, from-the-road snapshot of masters (if not monarchs) at work, with all the rush of that limited edition mail-order bootleg, without the hassle.

- Craig Havighurst, Nashville 2004


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Kevin Russell

fabulous record!
Great singing, great songwriting, great playing. Masterfull accompaniment by Malone & Thompson. Contemporary folk-rock doesn't get any better than this.
Every song is a gem, no clinkers here. Do yourself a favor & just buy it!

Brooke Staton

Like it.
I took a chance on this one and was very happy I did. Really good CD.

Derek Burrowes (Ireland)

I just wish there was more.
You can’t really give a true response to this sublime piece of work. When people of this calibre click this way and someone has had the foresight to capture it for all time you just have to put your hand up and thank the guy.
One of the very best live small venue recordings I’ve come across.
Its country, its jazz and its all rock’n’roll.
Each time I play it for friends they are gob-smacked.
These guys are a very tight combo, with the experience of Danny and Kevin nailing the tracks to the floor while at the same time driving the music on, you know you are listening to musicians at the very top of their craft.
This is as rich and rewarding an experience as you could hope for without being at the gigs.

Lavern E. Hill

I think these guys sound like Gary Rossington & Ronnie VanZant. Skynyrd did an accoustic alblum called endangered speices that must have been an influence on these guys. Awesome CD, I will buy some more of Darrel Scott!!


damn good cd
this is a damn good cd, these guys can play