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Migration has become a world wide phenomena and talking point. What compels large groups of people to uproot their lives and leave their homeland for another country. There are all kinds of reasons. But in the end, for many, it's simply about family. Wishing you and yours a peaceful 2017.
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Mi Familia (David G Smith/Tom Favreau)
Another migrant stuck in Nogales
Shanty town Mexican side
Captured crossing the border
A journey many have tried
I serve them food in this comedor
Some of them I know by name
When I ask them why they keep risking their lives, the answer is always the same
Mi Familia, Mi Familia
My sisters, my brothers, the babies their mothers
They freeze at night crossing the desert
Drown in the Rio Grande
Violence and poverty chase them
On their run for the promised land
Everyone that comes thru here
Has a story and picture to show
Of desperate lives framing hopeful eyes
Telling me why they still go
Their stories tear me apart
But the children will break your heart
I see them every day
All of them are
What The Critics Are Saying...
Six albums in, the career of singer/songwriter David G Smith has the Iowan belaboring reality to the core. First Love (Hey Dave Music) is 10 deeply felt originals on the cusp of bluesy Americana and righteous roots fervor. It's different. Captivating. Adult. -- Mike Greenblatt/Classicalite Read full review
Finding his voice and his songwriting soul, Smith has crafted a series of independently released albums, including live projects capturing his songs in their natural environment. Reflective and demanding,
-- Donald Teplyske/FervorCoulee. Read full review
The contrast between Smith’s laid-back sound and style and the words he has written is fascinating.
--CD Reviews INDIE Blues/Rhetta Read full review
David [Smith] comes across with the same sort of weathered resolve that best exemplifies fellow travelers like Kris Kristofferson and Townes Van Zandt.
--Lee Zimmerman/No Depression Read Lee's article
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"In The Silence" was inspired by two men whose lives helped shape mine. My Dad and Uncle Tom. It was also written with the families in mind--whose relationships changed from husband/wife, child/father, to caretaker. True communication ceases as this disease progresses. A different kind of language takes its place; one that has no history or future, one that thrives only in the moment; one that appreciates the gift of precious life and just being with another; one that speaks only.... in the silence.
"FIRST LOVE" was produced, engineered and mixed by Blue Miller (India.Arie, Bob Seger) and mastered by Jim Lightman.
"FIRST LOVE" features 10 original songs (including co-writes with Keeley Valentino, Deanna Walker and Tom Favreau) and is filled with old friends, mentors and collaborators.
Joining Smith (acoustic guitar/piano/vocals) in the studio is Doug Kahan (bass), Jon Fletcher (drums), Blue Miller (percussion, electric/acoustic guitar, string pad), Joe Robinson (electric guitars), Denny Hemingson (Wiesenborn acoustic lap), Jelly Roll Johnson (harp), Edward J Smith (mandolin), Keb Mo' (National acoustic resonator), John Catchings (cello), Larry Franklin (fiddle), and on supporting vocals Alicia Michilli, Blue Miller, Chantae Cann and Mary Gauthier.
Special guests on the song "Fear" include Buddy Mondlock (guitar/vocals), Kenny Malone (percussion), Bryn Davies (stand up bass), Steve Conn (keyboard) and Mary Gauthier (vocals).
"David has...the ability to dig one hell of a groove, sing, write songs and make his guitar look like a natural extension of his body when he plays it...wonderful music” (Mary Gauthier)