Darrell Scott, Danny Thompson and Kenny Malone - Live in NC
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Live in NC (Full Light, 2005)

Darrell Scott, Danny Thompson and Kenny Malone

Reviewed by Rick Bell

There are songwriters who are good singers, and there are songwriters who sometimes are good pickers.

But a songwriter-singer-picker triple threat? A rare breed indeed. Outside of perhaps a Keith Urban and Vince Gill these days, and Willie, Waylon and Merle back in the day, no one comes close to Darrell Scott.

This 9-cut live album, recorded over 2 nights in 2003 in North Carolina with British bassist Danny Thompson and drummer Kenny Malone, is Scott at his finest. And that's saying a lot, considering a Scott studio album is a certified gem. Scott's cohorts lay down a solid foundation as he absolutely wails on guitar and belts out several of his classics, including "River Take Me" and "Miracle of Living." Scott also offers a stark, acoustic rendering of "You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive." But it's not all Darrell Scott - at least, Scott tips his shaggy hair and beard to Johnny Cash and Townes Van Zandt with a nifty 10-minute medley of "Folsom Prison/White Freightliner Blues."

Scott may be mostly known for his immense songwriting talents, but this live album adds one more notch to his triple play: He's a great showman, as well. (POB 40100, Nashville, TN 37204, condon@comcast.net)

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