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, â€œIt Must Be Sunday.â€
He follows it up with a honky-tonk ramshackle run-thru, â€œHopkinsville,â€ 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 Darrellâ€™s ability to write a variety of songs and invoke deep Southern nostalgia simultaneously.
And that is the key to Scottâ€™s craft.Â The album has a song for everyone who ever appreciated REAL country music, not pop twang.Â â€œYouâ€™re Everything I Wanted Love To Beâ€ is a quality testament to how much every good man needs a good woman, a theme that some may say is clichÃ©, 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.Â And thatâ€™s the way life is.
Itâ€™s all here. Boomshakalaka. Shangri-La for the South.
Long Road Home is out now on Thirty Tigers.