"A country, folk troubadour in the early Dylan/ Woody Guthrie tradition..." so scribed one reviewer. michaelCSmith certainly has the songwriting chops and enough southern born gravel road riding through his rich baritone to lend to such comparisons. He's built a foundation not so easily categorized; drawing from a rich influence of artists, poets, philosophers,
used car salesmen, lovers, hobos and thieves.
michaelCSmith has drawn comparisons to Steve Earle, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, John Prine, John Steinbeck, Cormac McCarthy, The Apostle E.F., Tom Waits, Jerry Clower, Lucinda Williams and Flannery O’Conner. He’s a decisively Southern figure rooted in a deep history of storytelling.
His debut album "Hands of The Wicked" is a nine song essay on man's dark search for redemption from the belly of his own hell, relying on sparse instrumentation stacked like bones inside a rich body of lyrics to create a work that is both deeply personal and hauntingly universal.