Darrell was born in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains (Knoxville, TN). Darrell was a member of the Knoxville Songwriters' Association. After meandering through a couple of states and several cities, he headed to Nashville. There he turned down two recording contracts and a publishing deal (maybe not the smartest move, but made sense at the time), he found himself as one of the up and coming writers with numerous appearances at the Bluebird Cafe. However, Nashville never found a niche for Darrell's eclectic style. He did open up for folks like John Berry, Kenny Chesney (before his first album ever came out) and several others who prefer to remain nameless. LOL
Darrell's early musical influences were Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Steve Earle, James Taylor and all of the Out Law Country folks, Waylon, Willie, etc. Today he is living the dream (the life of a rock star), playing venues throughout the south and parts of the north. His music is mixed with sounds of Folk, Americana and Country Rock(ish). He currently lives in Spring City, TN writing songs, playing music and loving life on the lake with his amazing wife!!!