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NEW ALBUM: "THEN AND NOW"!

DEBI SMITH

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"THEN AND NOW" is Debi's new album! Available for order now! You may order a download, or you can order the signed CD which comes with a FREE download link. Downloads also now available on Amazon and iTunes! 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!

Album liner notes from Mary Sue Twohy, SiriusXM Program Director:

"Story. I suspect stories fascinate Debi Smith - finding them, creating them and, of course, sharing them with others.

This album “Then and Now” was created in the 2nd year of the deadly global Coronavirus pandemic that has reshaped every life on the planet - routines, social assumptions and the way we do business - all of it has radically changed. One silver lining is the unanticipated extra time for artist Debi Smith to look back, re-listen to old recordings and simply consider all that has happened throughout her music career with a bit of wisdom and grace. This ability to remember the Then has allowed Debi to step more fully into the Now.

While Debi Smith is formidable as a solo act as this album well captures - Debi has also covered musical ground as part of The Hags, The Smith Sisters, and The Four Bitchin’ Babes. Throughout the years, while you might hear more contemporary arrangements and material - a traditional or celtic piece would usually find its way into a set. While you would not want to assign a genre to Debi Smith as an artist, as she easily embraces so many formats with her powerful and majestic voice - this album leans a bit to the traditional side. Mind you, she could make a full on jazz record tomorrow - because she can.

This album track listing of solid celtic, standard, traditional folk, old time, bluegrassed songs is, in a way, is a modern self portrait of Debi Smith herself, assembled with the portraits taken years ago and today. All of the songs are needed to make this portrait complete.

But it is the power in which Debi Smith holds each song that sets this album apart; the clarity, strength and self-realized talent. More than 40 years of professional singing has garnered us a master - a master of song and of singing. Though I suspect if we were to ask Debi Smith what is most important - she might say story. It is the story that holds these songs and this album together, and this artist has chosen these songs to be foundational in her story, in fact her life.

This is what connects the then and now.

Enjoy!"

Tracks include: America the Beautiful, Polly Vaughn, The Raggle Taggle Gypsy, Auld Lang Syne, I Was Born in East Virginia, Shady Grove, Shenandoah, Anachie Gordon, The Lily of the West, The Rose of Allendale, Greensleeves, Black is the Color of my True Love's Hair, Down by the Sally Gardens, Fare The Well (10,000 Miles), and 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. Debi's musical release has been recording, producing, adding instruments and arranging an album of these beautiful songs in her home studio. 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!

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Physical Albums

Hits and Holidays: CD
  • Hits and Holidays: CD
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Hits and Holidays is a collection of re-mixed, re-sung and/or re-mastered audience favorites in a variety of musical stylings. Each of the songs is paired with various holidays throughout the year... a holiday for every hit! The CD features a duet with Tom Paxton on a song they wrote together (Marry Me Again); and includes guest appearances by Doc Watson (Pie, Keep on the Sunny Side), Mike Auldridge (Pampa Texas, Cupid), Al Petteway (Pampa Texas, Mother's Hands, Haunted, Angel in My Arms), Mark O'Connor (The Traveler, Sunny Side), three of the Four Bitchin' Babes (Pass it On) and The Smith Sisters (The Traveler, Sunny Side). The bottom line: Whether it’s a holiday or not, Smith’s latest album is a hit. "  - Nancy Dunham (Folking.com, No Depression Magazine)   "Debi has a seriously great voice; it has depth, power, clarity, and chutzpah. No wonder she’s both a beloved solo performer and a mainstay of Four Bitchin’ Babes and The Smith Sisters. If you’ve any doubt about how good she really is, listen to her out-muscle a string orchestra on “O Holy Night.” We’re talking diva territory on that one. -Rob Weir

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Deep Tracks: CD
  • Deep Tracks: CD
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Debi's album "Deep Tracks" is a sampling of Deep Tracks in every sense:  from past tracks (& technology!) never released, live tracks tucked away in the vaults, a few tracks buried deep on other releases, to new tracks delving into deeper thoughts and topics.  

Songs include:  "Different," a song inspired by Debi's son with autism and the great minds that think differently; "Grandma's Dust Bowl Diary," inspired by her Nebraskan Grandmother’s writings; "Caverns" about an un-beckoned memory; "The Garden," a healing meditation; "Gone, Gone," dedicated to the memory of Doc and Merle Watson (who gave Debi's sister Megan and her, The Smith Sisters, a start in their career) with inspiration from the Roches; "Comin' Home," about a drive home from touring;  "The Bodhran Lesson Song," Debi's Bodhran history, complete with lesson; an early Smith Sisters recording; and "Little Stars” with The Four Bitchin’ Babes.  Includes live recordings, special guests and musicians such as Al Petteway, Mike Auldridge, Merle Watson, Sam Bush, Billy Kemp, Marcy Marxer, Megon McDonough, Billy Kemp, T. Michael Coleman, The Four Bitchin' Babes and more.

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If I Were an Angel: CD
  • If I Were an Angel: CD
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DEBI'S HOLIDAY CD "IF I WERE AN ANGEL" SELECTED AS 2014 "PICK" BY THE WASHINGTON TIMES  "The good news for holiday lovers is that there are some artists who release holiday albums that bring a joyous, modern sound to the season.... Here is (one of ) our new favorites:  Smith has turned her lush, three-octave vocals and songwriting prowess toward making our holiday season bright. Ms. Smith's latest 14-track offering, her first composing and performing with an orchestra, includes only one traditional carol, the magnificently presented 'O Holy Night.' But her original songs are crafted with just the right mix of fresh perspective, from 'Snow, Snow, Snow,' a midtempo romp of caroling, cocoa and snow, to a soulful rendering of 'A Baby Cries.' A true delight of modern holiday music."

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In My Dreams: CD
  • In My Dreams: CD
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"In My Dreams" is Debi Smith's first solo CD. It is co-produced with John Jennings (grammy-award winning Mary Chapin Carpenter producer), who plays on 3 cuts, and Dan Green. Guitarist extraordinaire Al Petteway plays on many of the cuts, and has a large influence on the album, as well as stellar dobro player, Mike Auldridge. Stand out songs include one about her Nebraskan father ("My Father Was a Quiet Man"), "Pampa Texas" about a couple struggling in a small town, "Canary's Song", written by Buddy Mondlock and Garth Brooks (before he was 'Garth'), and "In My Dreams", one of Debi's most requested songs, which she plays on the Irish bodhran. 

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The Soprano: CD
  • The Soprano: CD
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Debi Smith's fifth solo CD, a 2-CD set called "The Soprano," features Debi's "pristine and soaring soprano" voice (The Washington Post). The songs on CD One range from a stunning take on Bizet's saucy "Habanera" to Celtic classics "Wild Mountain Thyme" to traditional favorite "Shenandoah," and the National Anthem to original compositions such as "Dylan's Poetry, " "In My Dreams" (featuring Debi on Irish bodhran) and "Italy and France" (a moving ballad about Debi's experience of having a child with Autism).  CD Two features Christmas music and carols such as "Silent Night," "Greensleeves (What Child is This)," "O Holy Night," and Debi's original Christmas songs.   Both feature the stellar musicianship of Grammy winners Al Petteway, Marcy Marxer, and Mark O'Connor. Debi produced and arranged "The Soprano," engineered by Grammy winner Jim Robeson at Bias Studio in Springfield, Virginia.

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More Than Once: CD
  • More Than Once: CD
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Debi Smith's second album, "More Than Once," marked her debut on the Shanachie label, and won the Wammie (Washington Area Music Award) for "Best Contemporary Folk Album." Her version of Shenandoah is a favorite among fans and reviewers alike. Her song, Virginia, was chosen as a finalist for the Virginia state song. Mother's Hands, a song about discovering our parents in ourselves is one of her most requested songs. Al Petteway plays on this album, once again adding shimmering guitar work to many of the cuts, including "Snowbound", "Hang the Moon", and "Intertwined". 

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Red Bird Red: CD
  • Red Bird Red: CD
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"Red Bird Red", Debi Smith's third solo CD on Shanachie, was selected as one of the years best by the Washington Post. It is a thoughtful, powerful record, stylishly produced by Ronn Price and wonderfully performed by an impressive ensemble of Nashville regulars, including guitarist Pat Buchanan and mandolin/fiddle player Tammy Rogers. Smith's writing is often deeply moving. Emotionally and musically rich songs like "Red Bird Red," "God Help Us," "Niagara Falls," and "Slipping Away," written with Tom Paxton, focus on topics that really matter, whether Smith is invoking her father's favorite saying, recalling a first love, or breathing life into a faded picture of her grandparents. Her well-crafted songs celebrate personal renewal, family and community, and the sanctity of love from generation to generation, but also consider the fleetness of youth, the ravages of time, and the finality of loss. As expected, Smith's three-octave voice is joy to listen to, both on her folk-pop ballads and rock & rollers, such as the Cajun-flavored "Chevy Impala." The operatic closer, Puccini's O Mio Babino Caro, in tribute to her son, reveals the depth of her powers. 

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Cupid: CD
  • Cupid: CD
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Debi's fourth solo CD, Cupid, released in January 2005, has been called "an incredible CD...truly memorable...nothing short of amazing" by Music Monthly Magazine, and "colorful...lovely...clever... not to be missed" by The Washington Post. Co-produced by Debi with Billy Kemp, Cupid includes appearances by Doc Watson, Kemp, pianist Jon Carroll, and dobroist Mike Auldridge. 

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NEW ALBUM: "THEN AND NOW"!: “THEN AND NOW” CD $17.99 + tax (includes FREE download and FREE shipping)
  • NEW ALBUM: "THEN AND NOW"!: “THEN AND NOW” CD $17.99 + tax (includes FREE download and FREE shipping)
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"THEN AND NOW" is Debi's new album! The signed CD comes with a FREE download link. 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!

America the Beautiful

Polly Vaughn

The Raggle Taggle Gypsy

Auld Lang Syne

Born in East Virginia

Shady Grove

Shenandoah

Anachie Gordon

The Lily of the West

The Rose of Allendale

Greensleeves

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 Watson, Tom Joan Baez, Planxty, Alison Krauss, Mary Travers, 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 son (on the Autism Spectrum) at home, and helping her parents (now an amazing 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!

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