On the heels of his homage album "Darrell Scott Sings the Blues of Hank Williams", the prolific, Grammy-nominated, multi-instrumentalist Darrell Scott will release his new album, Jaroso, on October 23 via Full Light Records / Soundly Music.
Recorded and inspired by Jaroso, the last village in south central Colorado on the New Mexico border, Scott made an album in his friend Mark Dudrow’s adobe church. With no PA system and a small room of attendees arriving only by word of mouth, Scott and his engineer Erick Jaskowiak simplified the album process and made a free flowing, simple, pure, old-style recording.
Scott and Jaskowiak conjured the concept of Jaroso while staying in a chautauqua cabin in Boulder, CO one night.
“With a sense of Thoreau’s simplify, I chose songs that wanted to be there...old, new, borrowed, blue and instruments that arrived from Mark’s house or his friends’ who showed up with a banjo, a nylon string guitar, a 12 string. Along with my Stephen Sobell guitar, I had some sonic variety, so, off we went with a couple dozen folks singing along; Erick at side/back “stage” with headphones; my son, Gabe, taking photos, and crickets listening and singing just outside the adobe walls as the high desert sun set - the experiment captured,” Scott says.
The 11- track DIGITAL album is available for pre-order now. The PHYSICAL album also includes a bonus track “A Satisfied Mind” feat. Buddy Miller, Patty Griffin, and Robert Plant - recorded live while on tour with Robert Plant’s Band of Joy.
Fans who join Scott’s Patreon page will get a first listen with two singles from Jaroso released exclusively to Patreon.
In a twist of serendipity, the artwork for Jaroso took Scott right back to Colorado. Local photographer Doug Rhinehart had taken a silver gelatin photo of the original adobe church some years prior and it was exactly the vision Scott had in mind for this album. With the finding of this artwork and it’s artist, it felt as though you were able to look at exactly what the album would sound like, and it all came together beautifully.
“This is a fly on the wall recording, a cricket in the field, a gathering inside a former Spanish speaking catholic church where the cross no longer stands; yet, magic still happens inside. Come on in, grab a chair wherever you may,” Scott says.