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"THEN AND NOW" is Debi's new album! If you would like to hear the album early and help with its release, you can PREORDER it now! When you preorder a download, you will be sent a link so that you are able to download the the tracks the minute they are released, or you can order the signed CD which comes with a FREE download link the minute they are released. Christine Lavin has created a video of "America the Beautiful" to help - thanks Chris! - And THANK YOU all so much for your support and listening! Samples of tracks available soon:

America the Beautiful

Polly Vaughn

The Raggle Taggle Gypsy

Auld Lang Syne

Born in East Virginia

Shady Grove


Anachie Gordon

The Lily of the West

The Rose of Allendale


Black is the Color of my True Love's Hair

Down by the Sally Gardens

Fare The Well (10,000 Miles)

Forever Young

This past year has been one of reflection for us all... the result for Debi has been a retrospective album of newly recorded traditional songs -- born of recording with musicians such as Doc and Merle Watson, Tom Paxton, Mark O’Connor, Sam Bush, Mike Auldridge, and Al Petteway; and other Celtic and traditional performers who have been a personal inspiration such as Doc and Merle Watson, The Carter Family, Joan Baez, Planxty, Alison Krauss, Mary Travers, Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, Dougie MacLean, Mary Black, Loreena McKennitt, The Weavers, Bob Dylan and many more.

It's been a year of no live performing and touring, a plight Debi shares with all of her fellow musicians, taking care of her wonderful son (a talented artist on the autism spectrum who calls his art ARTISM) at home, and helping her amazing parents (now 95 and 96! : ). Debi's musical release has been recording, producing, adding instruments and arranging an album of these beautiful songs in her home studio, getting up bright and early to work on it before anyone else is up! : ) The songs themes/narrations are from the view of someone looking back, and moving forward in one way or another. As we all are!

The album features the wonderful guitar work of Al Petteway, a little hammered dulcimer by Marcy Marxer (what DOESN't she play? : ), the mixing genius of Jim Robeson, skilled mastering by Mike Monseur, lovely album design by Cheryl Lynn Herrmann, and photography by the brilliant Irene Young.

Many thanks for supporting Debi's music, and for all the ways you support and keep music and the arts alive!

Expected release: September 1, 2021

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 "A multi-instrumentalist with a three-octave vocal range, Debi Smith writes songs with the craftsmanship of an artisan and the insight of a poet” (All Music Guide).  A member of the fabulous female folkestra The Four Bitchin' Babes since 1994, and half of the singing sister duo The Smith Sisters, Debi has recorded over twenty albums and compilations.  Her solo recordings and songs have garnered numerous Washington Area Music Awards (Wammies), ASCAP composer awards, American Library Awards, and a Grammy® nomination.

Debi has released eight solo recordings, most recently Deep Tracks, a collection of new and unreleased songs, as well as a few songs from compilations and other projects, featuring artists such as The Four Bitchin' Babes, The Smith Sisters, Al Petteway, Billy Kemp, Marcy Marxer, Mike Aldridge, and Sam Bush.   Other recent recordings include Hits and Holidays, with tracks featuring such musical greats as Doc Watson, Tom Paxton, Mike Auldridge, Marcy Marxer, and Al Petteway; and If I Were An Angel, a holiday collection of self-penned and traditional tunes with renowned arranger James Kessler (whose credits include the National, London, and Chicago Symphonies, Boston Pops, Reba, B.B. King, and Renee Fleming).  If I Were An Angel is her first orchestral recording and was selected as one of the best holiday CDs by The Washington Times.  The Smith Sisters' four recordings feature musical legends Doc and Merle Watson (who produced their CD's), Mark O'Connor and Sam Bush. 

     Debi's songs, vocals, and musicianship also appear on other artists' recordings, including Tom Paxton's Grammy-nominated Looking For The Moon, Ken Burn's PBS documentaries, The National Parks and The Roosevelts (with Al Petteway),  Christine Lavin-produced compilations, and the National Men's Chorus of Washington. She has appeared at theatres and festivals across North America, and on such radio and television programs as Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion, NPR's All Things Considered (with Susan Stamberg and Noah Adams), Mountain Stage,  Radio Smithsonian,  Voice of America, and CBS Sunday Morning.  Debi has co-edited and published a book, Look Up at the Hawks, a collection of writings by her Nebraskan grandmother, Ruth Morgan Smith, about farm life on the great plains during the 30's and 40's.  She is currently working on a new book with her mother about a Round-Robin (a packet of letters that circulates between a number of friends, in which each time the packet is received by a participant, a new letter is put in to replace the old letter) that has been circulating between her mother and fifteen friends from The College of Wooster since their graduation in 1947.  

Debi lives in the Washington, D.C. area with her husband and son. 


click here for:  Debi's song "Chevy Impala" -- a new video by Deirdre Flint! 




Debi's song, "Italy and France"



Debi's song, "Pass it On"




Debi and Tom Paxton sing their song, Marry Me Again

c 2001 Degan Music/Pax Music ASCAP




"The Bodhran Lesson Song" by Debi Smith, video by Christine Lavin

c 2018 Degan Music/ASCAP


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Hits and Holidays - a sampler of Debi's best music - available at Amazon and iTunes and on Debi’s website HERE



"If I Were an Angel" - Debi's holiday CD - picked as one of the year's best by The Washington Times - Available on Amazon and iTunes and on Debi’s website HERE


DOWNLOAD SMITH SISTERS EARLY MUSIC featuring Doc and Merle Watson, Mark O'Connor, Sam Bush and more! Bluebird, Mockingbird or Blue Mockingbird.  Debi will personally send you the files using WeTransfer. Contact:


Look Up at The Hawks


Look Up at the Hawks, Debi's book featured on PBS television and NPR's "All Things Considered," is a collaboration of three generations -- her grandmother Ruth Morgan Smith (1894-1978), mother Vivian Douglas Smith, and Debi. Book available HERE.

NEW! 2nd edition now available on KINDLE!

Debi's son Lee and his art: ARTISM

Debi's son Lee Jaworek is a talented young man with autism, who calls his art, "Artism."  To learn about Lee and his art, visit

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