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DARDEN SMITH —EVERYTHING (Compass Records)

 

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Singer-songwriter, Texan Darden Smith is a true professional. A man who is meticulous in what he does, not least are the songs he writes. To go with his self-penned tunes the album also has co-writes with self-minded performers in Matraca Berg, James House, Bruce Robison, Radney Fost

er, Jay Clementi and Christian Clementi. Smith recalls that his last record, Love Calling (2013) was his fourteenth in thirty years.

Smith afterwards went through a period where he wondered if had anything new to say, and if anyone was listening, but the songs would not be denied as they continued to spill forth. During this period, apart from performing and writing his songs he helped build the non-profit Song-writing-With-Soldiers. A program that brings professional songwriters together with wounded veterans to write songs about combat and the return home. Secondly, he was through with cynicism. It was a time to show human kindness, compassion for strangers, and for love, and what better way to do this than through his songs, his music. He felt he wasn’t getting any younger but he was becoming more contented due to him honing in on gratitude, faith, love and hope, and ability to spread joy and happiness as he started to see things differently.

Smith’s articulate work has never faltered over the years, and though he might not have produced the big hits but such is the quality of his work and that of the players involved the listener can’t but be impressed with his articulate creations. Musicians on Everything include Roscoe Beck (acoustic, electric bass), JJ Johnson (drums), Michael Ramos (piano), Charlie Sexton (electric guitar), David Mansfield (strings) and Smith (acoustic guitar, percussion, piano, ukulele) plus vocalists James House, Kelly Willis, Beth Nielsen Chapman and Bruce Robison. Smith’s tender ballads “Me Too”, “Can You See The Moon”, “Carousel” (w/ Willis) are paired with lilting jazz warmed odes (“Soul Searching”) and own assertive tunes “Home” and “Blessings” plus sombre, heart-felt ode “Forever” and beautiful love ballad “Firefly”. There's more to as he speaks of going against the grain and on thinking about those close to him who have left this world (“I Love You, Goodbye”), and of course the title-track “Everything” as he speaks of wanting it all. Not in a greedy fashion, but through the passing of time he’s become more aware of life’s treasures. Arguably, the strongest song, even edging the title-track Smith unfurls the muscular statement of“Love Will Win The War”. Nice one, Darden.  

 

                                                        Maurice Hope              

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Rod Picott
70 pts.
Out Past The Wires
Welding Rod Music
GC,AN,LM,SZ,TK
2
JW Roy & The Royal Family
62 pts.
A Room Full Of Strangers
Royal Family Records
EM,PJ,DH
3
Steph Cameron
61 pts.
Daybreak over Jackson Street
Pheromona
ML
4
JD McPherson
54 pts.
Undivided Heart & Soul
New West
AR,RK,LK
5
Sarah Morris
53 pts.
Hearts In Need Of Repair
Independent
 
6
Turnpike Troubadours
52 pts.
Long Away From Your Heart
Bossier City Records
MA,GF
7
Chris Hillman
51 pts.
Bidin' My Time
Rounder
 
8
Hayward Williams
39 pts.
Pretenders
Why River Records
KG,JB,JBO
9
Joe Henry
38 pts.
Thrum
Ear Music
 
10
Jim White
37 pts.
Waffles, Triangles & Jesus
Loose Music
JJ
12
Margo Price
35 pts.
All American Made
Third Man Records
 
11
Mark Martyre
35 pts.
Rivers
Independent
MF
13
Mavis Staples
32 pts.
If All I Was Was Black
Anti
HO
 
Peter Oren
32 pts.
Anthropocene
Western Vinyl
RB,HB
15
Fred Wickham
29 pts.
Mariosa Delta
Thirty Days Records
 
16
Jeffrey Martin
27 pts.
One Go Around
Fluff & Gravy Records
HDB
17
Blitzen Trapper
25 pts.
Wild and Reckless
Lojinx
JDO
 
Jeff Crosby
25 pts.
Postcards From Magdalena
At The Helm Records
FCE,FC,JS
19
Dori Freeman
24 pts.
Letters Never Read
Blue Hens Music
 
 
Hardpan
24 pts.
Hardpan
Blue Rose Records
WR
21
The Deep Dark Woods
21 pts.
Yarrow
Six Shooter
JF
22
Lilly Hiatt
20 pts.
Trinity Lane
New West
TJ
 
Tom Russell
20 pts.
Folk Hotel
Frontera Records-Proper Records
JAB
24
Eilen Jewell
19 pts.
Down Hearted Blues
Signature Sounds
MW
25
Dick LeMasters
18 pts.
Incompatible Things
Longneck Road Music
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