What The Critics Are Saying.....
--Robert K. Oermann - Music Row/Nashville (Non-Fiction) Read Robert's article
David has made a fantastic new record...(One House) --Mary Gauthier/Artist[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
One House is no shot at fame. It's a purposeful continuation of Smith's mission to write and sing his own truths. It'll get noticed.
--Peter Cooper/The Tennessean Read Peter's article
Smith delivers ultra cool acoustic vibe!
--Jim Clark, Lee County Courier/"Laid Back"--Tupelo, MS
David G Smith is a man and artist that always delivers...his live performances command your attention, his songs are heartfelt and honest.
--Kate Benson/Director Of Entertainment/Redstone Room
'First Love'. Damn! -FervorCoulee Read Don Teplyske's Article
Smith’s material is as everyman as it gets, and he seems to be influenced not by other artists or styles as much as by life itself. --Rick Moore MusicNews NY/LA/Nashville (First Love) Read Rick's Article
...one killer track after another that might not fit into the ever narrowing dictates of radio but fitting well into the space between your ears. -Chris Spector/Midwest Record (First Love) Read Chris' Article
Songwriter/Singer, David G Smith
•Songs featured on Fox TV, Lifetime, and Cable Channel Networks.
•One House & First Love albums accepted for Grammy consideration. They also charted #1 & #2 on the Music Roots Album Chart/Iowa.• "Doesn't Take Much Light" (One House) was featured on Scouting Magazine Blog and sung by David to 5000 Eagle Scouts in an arena event at Michigan State University. One House.
•1st Place winner/country category in the prestigious International Song Competition with "Made For You."
•Appearances on NBC, PBS and NPR affiliates.
•Has opened for, or shared the stage with, Justin Townes Earle, Ramblin Jack Elliot, Kelly Willis + Bruce Robison, and 5 time WC Handy Award winner, Rory Block, Rissi Palmer, Buddy Mondlock, Jelly Roll Johnson, Chuck Pyle
•Music played on over 80 Americana & Folk radio stations across America, in Ireland & Norway. Song "Sunday Morning Drive" with artist Anne E DeChant reached #1 on Music Roots Folk Singles Chart
•String of successful cuts (see below) by indie artists nationwide to include major-indie Rissi Palmer
•Regular performer at The Bluebird Cafe as seen on the ABC TV show "Nashville"
•Member of Folk Alliance, Lifetime member of Nashville Songwriters Association, Inc (NSAI)
•Donates time/money to St. Jude Children's Hospital, Boys Town and other worthy causes
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Discography, Media, Cuts
*New Release: First Love (Hey Dave Music) 2016
*The Family Smith: Live From The Redstone (Hey Dave Music) 2015
*One House (HeyDaveMusic) 2014
*Pre-Release Single w/ Video: One House (HeyDaveMusic) 2013
*EP: The Family Smith-Live In Nashville (HeyDaveMusic) 2012
*Digital EP: David G Smith Trio Live At The Kennedy Center (Opened for Justin Townes Earle) 2012
*Non-Fiction (HeyDaveMusic) 2011
*Evolution-3 CD Set/Ltd Edition (D-Cal Music) 2004
Media Appearances + Song Placements
*"Angels Flew": placed on the 9-11 Memorial Museum Artists Registry
*Appearances on Quad Cities ABC, NBC, PBS & NPR affiliates
*Live performances of "Doesn't Take Much Light", "Ariel" & "Angels Flew" on PBS affiliate WQPT-TV's "The Cities" with Jim Mertens
"Walk Away Clean" (Helena Hunt) featured on Lifetime Network Docu-Series "Chasing Nashville"
"Ageless" & "Angels Flew" featured on NBC affiliate Paula Sands Live
"Mr. Ooh La La" (Rissi Palmer) featured on Fox TV/TNT "Saving Grace"
"Mr. Ooh La La" (Rissi Palmer)Travel Channel/Rissi Palmer's Country
*"Sunday Morning Drive" (written with artist Anne E DeChant) #1 on Roots Music's Folk Song Chart (2015)
*Performed at NOAC Centennial Celebration for 5000 Eagle Scouts (2015)
*International Song Competition Winner/Semifinalist: Singer-Songwriter/Folk ("Fear" David G Smith) 2012
*Robert K. Oermann/Music Row DISCovery Award: David G Smith 2011
*International Song Contest Winner/1st Place Country Category
("Made For You" Mike Willis, David G Smith, Jackie Kavan) 2008
Some of David's Song Cuts
*Single: Sunday Morning Drive (Anne E DeChant) 2015
*Single: Walk Away Clean (Emerald Blue) 2014
*Single: No One To Anybody (Roxie Randle) 2013
*Single: I'm Not Gonna Let You (Roxie Randle) 2013
*Single: Walk Away Clean featured on Chasing Nashville Sountrack (Helena Hunt) 2013
*Ripples On The Moon (Chase Tyler) 2013
*The Small Stuff (Cumberland Collective/In The Room) 2012
*Made For You (Cumberland Collective/In The Room) 2012
*Ripples On The Moon (Crawford + James) 2012
*Ripples On The Moon (Dusty Drake--not released) 2011
*SINGLE: Ripples on the Moon (Chad Williams) 2011 (65K hits)
*Ripples On The Moon (Dee Rock/Cimarron Records) 2010
*Almost Like You're Here (Mike Willis/Live At The Listening Room/Nashville) 2010
*Walk Away Clean (Bethany Pope/Bethany Pope) 2010
*Country A Little Bit Funky (July Lee/July Lee) 2010
*Kentucky (July Lee/July Lee) 2010
*Walk Away Clean (Shannon Hawkyard/Shannon Hawkyard) 2010
*Almost Like You're Here (Mike Willis/As I Am) 2009
*Made For You (Mike Willis/As I Am) 2009
*Walk Away Clean (Emily Portman/Country Girl Like Me) 2008
*Mr. Ooh La La (Rissi Palmer/Rissi Palmer----on youtube) 2007
*Is That All You Got (Angel Rattay/Flying Blind) 2006
*Just A Little Push (Chris Mann-The Voice Finalist) 2004
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Raised in a musical family in the hills of northeastern Iowa’s Mississippi Valley, David G Smith dropped out of college to form the band, “Clay Mills,” with his brother, Ed. The group mixed reliable bar covers with Smith’s original material for a while, until a return to college ended the run. But only briefly!
The new graduate headed to Denver, Colo. where he helped to create a touring group that could focus on creating new music. For 10 years, he toured the Rockies with several groups, including Folk stalwart, Chuck Pyle; and all-original rock band “Robin Banks,” managed by Ed "Cass" Cassidy, drummer for the legendary band, Spirit. Highlights included opening for Ramblin' Jack Elliot, a performance at The Rainbow Theater/Denver, and the release of a self-titled single, produced by Mr. Cassidy.
Finally, his passion for songwriting combined with a leap of faith compelled him to move his young family to Nashville for the first time.
"The old story about: I didn't choose writing, it chose me.... it was like that. After a couple of test run trips to Nashville, off I went to learn from the best."
Five years of day jobs and songwriting in Nashville created a network of friends and musicians still influencing him today. But family transitions called him back to Iowa, a surprising catalyst to his songwriting.
First came family – helping to raise his daughter, Calista. Then came an unexpected storytelling opportunity. Smith worked as a medical investigator, examining complaints against physicians most often made by real people in life-changing situations. The work required extensive interviews, observation and note-taking, nurturing the kind of specificity that makes his songs absolutely unique.
While living in Storm Lake, Iowa Smith helped create “Pangaea,” a four-piece band that stretched his writing voice in new directions.
Following his daughter’s high school graduation in 1997, Smith returned to Nashville, visiting monthly as a student bent on “learning to write the best song I can.” He soaked in technique and advice from mentors Hugh Prestwood and James Dean Hicks. In a succession of songwriter retreats and sessions, Smith co-wrote with some of Nashville’s best writers including Barry Dean, Angela Kaset and John Schweers. Smith enjoyed a successful string of cuts with other artists.
Along the way he developed a writing process. "I read a lot. Jot down ideas. Get things simmering subconsciously. Then I show up to work every day and wait for the muse to speak."
His song catalog began to explode, but at a price.
"I started losing my soul writing material that didn't speak to me in the name of writing songs for others to sing. It was an insidious process and eventually the muse was not showing up and I didn’t know why. “
He ventured on a song-writing retreat to Costa Rica with Americana all-stars Darrell Scott, Beth Nielsen Chapman, and Mary Gauthier. He recalls both Darrell and Mary looking him straight in the eye and challenging him to stop writing songs to pitch to others. Their advice: To stop chasing the Nashville music scene and start performing his own songs. But their real challenge cut to the bone: Write the truth!
A few months later, with the help of friends and producers, Miles Wilkinson and Buddy Mondlock, Smith created his first full-length album titled Non-Fiction at Bolton Farms Studio in Nashville, with a guest appearance by Gauthier.
Non-Fiction is a showcase of 13 compelling songs, including collaborations with long-time friends and Nashville writers, Jesse McRae, Lori Shropshire, Deanna Walker and Barry Dean.
The first effort rips with Americana talent: Dan Dugmore (James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt), Verlon Thompson (Guy Clark), Jonell Mosser (Etta James, Bonnie Raitt), Buddy Mondlock (Janis Ian, Garth Brooks, Art Garfunkel), Kenny Malone, Bryn Davies (Peter Rowan, Justin Townes Earle), Jelly Roll Johnson, Suzi Ragsdale (Guy Clark, Darrell Scott), Melissa Greener, and Mike Willis (2008 ASCAP Outstanding Songwriter/Performer winner).
The national debut drew raves.
“...a much-needed release from the commercial candy that clogs our radios and record stores," wrote songwriting veteran Mike Willis.
Smith debuted the CD with sold-out release shows at The Redstone Room in Davenport, Iowa and the Bluebird Café in Nashville.
Non-Fiction was promoted to NPR/Americana/Folk formats nationally. More than 80 radio stations gave Non-Fiction spins helping it reach #42 on the “Roots 66” chart and as high as #48 on Reverbnation’s national folk chart.
Taking his mentors’ advice to heart, Smith followed the release with heavy touring including radio stops and interviews: clubs, cafes, taverns, auditoriums, house concerts, solo and with bands. His national tour included opening spots for Justin Townes Earle, Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis, Rory Block, and performing with Rissi Palmer, Jelly Roll Johnson and Buddy Mondlock. He remains a regular performer at The Bluebird Café.
Following Non-Fiction, Smith released two EPs: From the Ellen Kennedy Fine Arts Center (his opening set for Justin Townes Earle) a digital-only release; and Live From Nashville joined by his musical family, brothers Ed J Smith, Danny Ray Smith and Dillon T Smith recorded at the famed Third & Lindsley club.
Then came One House his 2nd studio release filled with old friends, mentors and collaborators and some new inspiration. Blue Miller, who’s recorded and toured with several music legends to include Bob Seger, Albert King, Peabo Bryson and Isaac Hayes, and who co-produced Grammy winner India Arie’s breakout album, Acoustic Soul, produced One House giving Smith’s real-life observations depth and guts. The release opens with the title cut, “One House” a call to action for anyone who lives on planet earth. Smith’s storytelling shines in “Jesus Is In Prison” a surprising story of death row redemption, and “Angels Flew” celebrating the spontaneous armada that rescued Staten Islanders on 9/11. In each, the stories unfold effortlessly over strong rhythms and unforgettable melodies. Gauthier, once again, makes an appearance. India Arie backup singer, Chantae Cann lends her angelic voice. One House landed on No Depression/Lee Zimmerman's list of "10 Terrific Albums To Listen To Right Now" and caused Zimmerman to note: "he comes across with the same sort of weathered resolve that best exemplifies fellow travelers like Kris Kristofferson and Townes Van Zandt".
Smith followed up with his 5th release "The Family Smith: LIVE @ The Redstone Room a box cd/dvd set that features 8 songs, two of which had never before been released. In 2016, his 6th album in as many years First Love was released. It features appearances by Grammy winner blues man Keb' Mo', Americana artist Mary Gauthier, and America's Got Talent semi-finalist powerhouse singer, Alicia Michilli. FL features, in short, more real songs for real people!
Smith’s reliance on real life stories to drive his songs is drawing response from songwriting and other circles. He earned First Place in the 2008 International Song Competition, country category for Made for You. His song, Fear was a semi-finalist in ISC’s 2012 event; and Smith received esteemed reviewer Robert K Oermann’s DisCovery Award, Music Row/Nashville for his Non-Fiction release, along with Oermann’s declaration, “David G Smith is a major find”.
His songs have been featured on TNT’s “Saving Grace”, Travel Channel’s “Rissi Palmer’s Country”, and Lifetime’s “Chasing Nashville”. He has appeared on “Paula Sands Live” (local NBC affiliate), and local PBS and NPR stations.
In addition to Smith’s music, he is incredibly charitable and regularly donates time and/or money to St Jude’s Children’s Hospital and Boys Town and others who are in need.
For more information please visit: davidgsmithmusic.com
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