Born in London, Kentucky, Darrell Scott is the son of singer-songwriter Wayne Scott. In 1995, Scott moved to Nashville where his talent as a solo artist, session player and songwriter was quickly recognized. A gifted multi-instrumentalist, he has played with hundreds of country and bluegrass music’s brightest stars from Randy Travis and Guy Clark to Kate Wallace and Martina McBride. Notable collaborators include Steve Earle, Sam Bush, Emmylou Harris, Verlon Thompson, Kate Rusby, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Mary Gauthier. In 2010, Scott went on tour as a member of Robert Plant’s Band of Joy. Scott is a songwriting guru and clinician at SMF’s Acoustic Music Seminar (AMS). His latest project pays tribute to country music legend Hank Williams. He is joined on this concert by Reese Wynans (Stevie Ray Vaughn, Joe Bonamassa) on B-3 and piano, Bryn Davies (Jack Black, Patty Griffin) on upright bass and Marco Giovino (Band of Joy, Buddy Miller) on drums.
This special SMF evening of Americana music also includes Montreal-born, Grenadian-Canadian Kaia Kater. Her family’s deep ties to folk music and the years she spent studying Appalachian music at West Virginia’s Davis & Elkins College helped her develop a distinctive voice, which blends traditional elements within a modern context. Kater’s old-time banjo-picking skills, deft arrangements and songwriting acumen have garnered critical acclaim in North America and the UK. A recent 18-month touring journey took Kater to stages at the Kennedy Center, Hillside Festival and London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush. She is joined by bassist Andrew Ryan, whose love for classical, jazz and American roots music make him an exceptional player, collaborator and composer. Kater and Ryan are both alumni of SMF’s Acoustic Music Seminar.
“…[Kater] writes and performs with the skill of a folk-circuit veteran…”