Darrell Scott can, and does, do whatever he wants: stock his albums with left-of-center, down-to-earth modern folk storytelling or wryly bluesy covers of other people’s classics; pick and sing, plugged or unplugged, solo, leading a band of accomplished buddies, or backing up Robert Plant. He’s got the freedom to do all that and more thanks to the breadth of his abilities — that and the sheer number of his mainstream country cuts. But on Scott’s latest album, Long Ride Home, he does something he doesn’t do too terribly often — he hews close to country tradition. Here he’s working with down-home language and stripped-down song structure set to shuffles that run the honky-tonk gamut — from hopped-up to heart-dragging — helped out by the pedigreed likes of Pig Robbins on piano, Lloyd Green on steel and Charlie McCoy on harp. And hearing Scott’s agile voice next to the country-to-the-bone singing of his late father, Wayne, proves that the younger Scott can close the distance he’s traveled from his rural musical roots whenever the mood strikes.