Darrell Scott/ Me & David Burney
June 6, 2019 · Thurs * 7pm * $35 Seated/ $30 Standing
7pm: Me & David Burney
8pm: Darrell Scott
You need more than guts and good intentions to record a convincing all-covers CD of songs by the modern-day pantheon of great singer-songwriters, from Bob Dylan to Mickey Newbury to Joni Mitchell. You have to add something special and personal to reignite oft-heard standards – musical talent, sure, but also a depth of feeling, experience and understanding. And Darrell Scott, from his genes to his genius as a sensitive vocalist, an award-winning songwriter of depth and perception, and a versatile instrumentalist, has earned that right.
Born on a tobacco farm in London, Ky., in 1959, and raised in E. Gary, Indiana, Darrell was part of a musical family. His father Wayne, a steelworker by trade but a songwriter in his heart, moved his clan to Southern California when Darrell was 11. Soon Darrell and brothers Denny, Dale, Don, and David were part of their dad’s band, getting on-the-job training in country music as they played its hits on the stages of roadhouses and taverns as far north as Alaska.
Darrell eventually left the band and California, paying some more musical dues in Toronto and in Boston and earning a degree in poetry from nearby Tufts University, where he also studied literature. With his lyric skills sharpened and his abilities on guitars, banjo and other instruments already road-tested, Darrell followed his muse to country music’s Ground Zero, Nashville. His key to entering Music Row’s inner circles was, at first, his string-slinging skills – starting in 1992, he appeared on albums by alt.country mavericks Guy Clark (for whom he later produced two CDs) and Steve Earle, Randy Travis, Patty Loveless, and dozens more.
As his “day job” as a picker flourished, Darrell channeled his other creative energies into his own songwriting and recordings. By the time he had released his debut CD, Aloha from Nashville (1997), its follow-up Family Tree (1999), and Real Time (2000), a duo album with “newgrass” trailblazer Tim O’Brien, Darrell’s original songs were much in demand by singers looking for more than “big hat” bragging or slick country-pop. Suzy Bogguss was the first of many to record a Scott song, taking his “No Way Out” into the country singles charts in 1996. Darrell’s compositions became highlights of albums by Garth Brooks, Faith Hill, Kathy Mattea, Maura O’Connell and even his mentor, Guy Clark. The Dixie Chicks’ recording of “Long Time Gone” from Real Time was not only a hit for the Chicks but garnered a 2003 Grammy nomination for “Best Country Song”; “The Second Mouse,” a Scott/O’Brien tune from Real Time, was a Grammy finalist as “Best Country Instrumental Performance” in 2001. That same year, Darrell was named Songwriter of the Year by the Nashville Songwriters Association International, an honor repeated by ASCAP in 2002.
Darrell’s solo CDs, session work, touring gigs with Steve Earle’s Bluegrass Dukes (of which he remains a member), Guy Clark, and Newgrass Revival founder Sam Bush, and his own live shows have steadily drawn reviews even payola can’t buy. USA Today praised his “brilliantly clever songs”; Entertainment Tonight raved about his “powerful songwriting, passionate vocals and masterful picking”; Rolling Stone listed his 2003 CD, Theatre of the Unheard, in their list of Critics’ Top Albums and compared him to Clark and Springsteen “at their best.” Performing Songwriter went all the way, dubbing him “the best of the best.”
ME & DAVID BURNEY
ME aka Rebecca Newton, has been labeled “The Triangle’s Impresario” by NC-based journalist Jack Bernhardt. She cut her musical teeth on show tunes and vaudeville as a young child in the late 50s and early 60s. Her first LP was a 78, which her Grandmother bought for her after a birthday dinner in Seattle, Wa. At the fresh age of 4, she witnessed Barber Shop Quartets of banjo and ukulele-playing, pinstriped suit-wearing men with straw hats singing impeccable harmonies. The record was a 78rpm live recording of Sophie Tucker, which Rebecca still owns.
Rebecca’s adult music career began in 1975 with the band, “Mother Country” – a bluegrass, country band based in North Carolina. In 1978 she played in a 4-piece swing band (un-creatively) named “Rebecca & Friends.” Mid 1981 she and co-writer Keith Guile put together “Rebecca & the Hi-Tones,” a North Carolina institution for 30+ years.
Rebecca also performs as half the famous duo ‘Pinky Wyoming and Duke LaCrosse’, with Jim Watson, founding member of the ‘Red Clay Ramblers.’ Jim toured with Sugar Hill Recording Artists Robin and Linda Williams for over 30 years. Rebecca is a member of the Piedmont area Americana band “the bennys.”
Rebecca wrote music for plays during the 90s and early 00s and was mentored by Jim Wann. In her spare time, she’s the CEO and President of Carolina Theatre of Durham, Inc.
David Burney grew up in Leland, NC, where he cropped tobacco, played baseball and listened to his parents album collection. While his father preferred the classic country songs of Buck Owens, Hank Williams, Hank Snow, Johnny Cash, and Roger Miller, his mother leaned towards the R&B greats – Sam Cooke, Fats Domino and Chubby Checker. To David, it was all simply great music.
Today, David makes his home in Wendell, NC. In addition to belting out Johnny Cash hits, he is a designer and a leadership coach. He has three children and is happiest when he’s boring them with his corny jokes and bad advice, or when he’s sharing ice cream with his 2-year-old grandson whose name, by the way, is ‘Cash.’
Favorite Johnny Cash song: Big River
Musical Influences: Johnny Cash, the Kinks, David Ruffin, Curtis Mayfield, Talking Heads, Doc Watson
Happy Places: A baseball field or a sandy beach