Monday, November 28, 2011
– Wayne Scott, who released his first album at 71 with the help of his son, Darrell, died on Friday at 77 after a car accident.
Darrell Scott said on his web site that his father apparently ran a red light in front of a semi-trailer in Corbin, Ky.
"I feel certain he was listening to music," Darrell said of his father.
Wayne Scott, a Kentucky native, released "This Weary Way" in 2005 on Full Light Records. As a youth, he listened to the Grand Ole Opry every Saturday night.
As a teenager he began to write songs, often skipping school or social events to go off into the woods alone where he would write and practice guitar. Never a fan of school, he left home at 16 and followed an older brother to Michigan. "I couldn't take this rural route no more. I went to Michigan to build cars and get rich. I hated that job. I went from there to the steel mills in Indiana before I finally made it out to California."
Music was always an integral part of his life, but he often kept his talents to himself. He always had a pen handy to jot down song ideas. It was on the West Coast, at 40 years old, that Scott finally put a band together and began playing in dusty taverns and roadhouses all over California. That's where his sons, Denny, Dale, Darrell, Don and David, learned about country music. They played in his band and learned to share their father's joy in making music. All became professional musicians.
He played the West Coast circuit for almost 20 years and wrote songs the entire time. But he never played his own songs in public. He gave the crowds what they wanted to hear and what he was paid to play-hits the audience knew and could dance to.
"I've always compared songwriting to the night one of my sons was born," he says. "It's that kind of a high. To write a song and know that it says exactly what I want it to say is the nicest feeling. That's the best part of music to me. An encore or bright lights or your name in big letters on the marquee doesn't compare to finishing a song. There's also this remarkable release. It's like having a thorn removed from your side."
One year Wayne made his son, Darrell, a songbook with more than 100 original compositions as a Christmas gift. Darrell wanted his father to record an album, but the elder Scott was reluctant. He was in approaching 70 and thought his time in the spotlight had passed. Darrell knew that his father had tapped into something elemental with his simple, emotionally direct songwriting style. He would not take no for an answer and eventually was able to get his dad in the studio to record the tracks that would become "This Weary Way. "