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Sat, Jun 26


Muddy Creek Cafe & Music Hall Sparta

Darrell Scott - Backwoods Beat Music Festival 2021

Presented by Alleghany Arts Council

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Time & Location

Jun 26, 2021, 8:00 PM

Muddy Creek Cafe & Music Hall Sparta, 60 S Main St, Sparta, NC 28675, USA

About the event

  All ages show $25 Advance/$30 Door

There is an absence of  light, before the light.  A simple bare stage in the waning gloaming,  and I can see Darrell make his way to a lone microphone.  He is here to  shine that light on matters of the heart─the grit, grease, gristle, and  most importantly, the marrow beneath the breastbone.

And what is  the path that shapes us as we go along, those true defining moments  without which we would be hollow versions of our current selves?  For  Darrell, it was coming from a musical family with a father who had him  smitten with guitars by the age of 4, alongside a brother who played  Jerry Reed style as well.  From there, things only ramped up with  literature and poetry endeavors while a student at Tufts University,  along with playing his way through life.  This would never change.

When  those hands of his make their way across the strings and fretboard,  there is palpable loss of air in the theater, as the listeners, our feet  and bodies firmly on the ground, watch his sonic wings take him upwards  in flight, and realize we are as along for the ride through the skies  as he is.  Inevitably, to feel this being channeled, privy to this  shared physical space, is both heady and inspiring.  Small are the  number of things in life which allow us to be so deeply immersed and  mesmerized by a moment that we are unable to even be aware of the rest  of the world humming and whirring away outside.  This is Darrell Scott  terra firma, where he takes us, with these otherworldly gifts.

The  wordsmithing and craftsmanship of the songs that become  timeless─although a lost cause for many who try to write them─ is far  from a dying art, thanks to Darrell’s work.  He is more so existing  creatively at levels we just don’t fathom anymore.  He mines and  cultivates the everyday moment, taking the rote, menial, mundane, and  allowing it to be surreal, ever poignant, and candidly honest, lilting,  blooming, and resonating.  The words he fosters allow us to make sense  of the world, what is at stake here, and our place in it. And  ultimately, Darrell knows the sole truth of life is that love is all  that matters, that we don’t always get it right, but that’s the  instinctive and requisite circuitous allure of things, why we forever  chase it, and why it is held sacred.

2017 and 2018 Darrell opened  for and performing with the Zac Brown Band, these days find him roaming  his Tennessee wilderness acreage hiking along the small river, playing  music, or sharing each day with the woman he loves, also an artist in  her own right.   He often leads songwriting workshops to help people  tell their own truths with their stories, and is as busy as always  writing, producing, performing, and just plain fully immersing himself  at the hips in life.

If one really opens their eyes and sees how  incomparably varied in surreal depth and breadth the musical territory  he is both delving into and setting the high water mark with,  it leaves  the rest in a bewildered wash of gravel road dust and fading  taillights.  For good luck finding that two-legged soul who walks around  among us who can keep up with him─aint gonna happen. ~Nathaniel  Riverhorse Nakadate~

The  Alleghany Arts Council is very pleased to offer the opportunity to  experience Darrell as part of the 6 th annual Backwoods Beat Music  Festival in the intimate listening room of Muddy Creek Music Hall in  Sparta NC.


  • General Seating

    Seating is first come/first serve basis - doors open at 7:30 PM

    Tax: +$1.69 Sales+$0.67 service fee
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