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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Courtesy Art: Carl Scott of Ferrum has released a CD entitled “The Last Mile.” The 14-song instrumental collection features Scott playing a guitar using his unusual two-finger style of picking.

Monday, December 17, 2012

By MORRIS STEPHENSON - Special to the News-Post

More than two years after releasing a CD of gospel songs, Carl Scott of Ferrum has turned out another one with guitar instrumentals.

The veteran musician has released "The Last Mile," the title song among the 14 featured on the CD.

Scott is known throughout the area for his two-finger style of playing a guitar.

In September 2010, Scott and "Glory Bound" released the CD "You're Not Alone," his first since 1976. The band is composed of his daughter, Linda Scott Woods, Olyn Peters and Linda McKinney.

It was 35 years ago that Scott was joined by Ronnie Massey to record "Mountain Guitars" for the late Rod Shively at his Outlet Recording studio in Rocky Mount.

This time around, Scott returned to Outlet Recordings for the production and engineering assistance from Steve Shively, Rod's younger brother.

Scott turned to friend Chris Prillaman, also of Ferrum, to play rhythm guitar and upright bass on several of the selections.

In addition to "The Last Mile," other original instrumentals by Scott include "The Narrow Road," "Just a Pickin'" and "Trucker's Reel." He selected 10 of his long-time favorites to complete the CD. These include "Wildwood Flower," "Cannonball Blues," "Rosewood Casket," "Jimmy Brown," "Roll on Buddy," "Be All Smiles Tonight," "Gospel Ship," "Weeping Willow," "Little Jane" and "You Are My Flower."

"I started playing the guitar when I was about 10 years old," Scott said. "I learned from the late Kermit Ferguson. I watched and studied him closely as he played. He was my inspiration."

Scott also played the fiddle for 10 years with Jimmy Boyd's "Dry Hill Draggers," a bluegrass band, also from the Ferrum area. He was with the group when it performed at the World's Fair in Knoxville, Tenn.

Scott's wife and 11-year-old daughter were killed in an automobile accident in 1990. His son Kevin, who was 6 years old at the time and also a passenger, survived.

"He is the joy of my life," Scott said.

It was after the accident that Scott found Christ and he turned to performing gospel music. He left the Dry Hill Draggers because the band, at the time, was doing a lot of long-distance performances.

Scott said he is pleased with his latest effort and praised the hard work Shively contributed to the CD. He also thanked Loretta Crum for taking the photographs used on the covers of the album.

In a review featured on the album's inside cover, Shively wrote, "Carl developed that (his two-finger picking) style with a little extra that would even turn Mr. Doc Watson's head. You will, without a doubt, enjoy this CD simply because it is music you don't hear much any more and is done with perfection."

The CD can be purchased at the Ferrum Minute Market, Davis Tires For Less, Happy Pappy's, 40 West Food Fare, A&A Market at Crossroads and at Gary Guilliams' One Stop Convenience Store. The cost is $10. For more information, contact Shively at 420-3766.

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