Debi's new 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.
Cover "Portrait of Debi" by Lee Jaworek. Lee's website: www.LeeJaworek.com
"Red Bird Red"
"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.
"More Than Once"
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".
"In My Dreams"
"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.
The Smith Sisters - "Canary's Song"
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This is the Smith Sisters fourth album. Debi (lead vocals, guitar, bodhran) and Megan (vocals, electric bass) are the Smith Sisters. With Al Petteway supporting them on vocals and guitar, they recorded this album live at the Birchmere in the Washington DC area. This album has been touted as their best, due to the beauty of their live show, and the stellar guitar work of Petteway.
The Smith Sisters attracted attention when their debut album, Bluebird, released in 1983, was produced by the late Merle Watson and featured guest appearances by top-ranked bluegrass pickers including Sam Bush, Mark O'Connor, Doc Watson and T. Michael Coleman. But, it was their octave-spanning vocal harmonies that truly showcased their musical strengths.
The Smith Sisters - "Roadrunner"
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Roadrunner is The Smith Sisters third CD, and features the playing of luminaries Doc Watson, Mark O'Connor, and dobro player Mike Auldridge. Their harmonies are never tighter and lovelier than when they sing on this album, which has a acoustic country-folk sound.
Look Up at the Hawks: Contact Debi@DebiSmith.com
As featured on NPR's "All Things Considered," PBS Television in a half hour special, and live at the Smithsonian Institution, Look Up at the Hawks - And The Universe Overhead is a new book published by Degan Books. It is a collaboration of three generations -- Ruth Morgan Smith (1894-1978), daughter-in-law Vivian Douglas Smith, and granddaughter Debi Smith. There is also a CD that accompanies the book, containing the songs included in the live performance of the show (see below).