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Rising up in the cool underground Americana scene 23-year-old East Texas native Shane Smith carries deep roots in his guitar case, country soul on his sleeve, and poetic lyrical integrity in his music. During his teenage years, with little to no legitimate musical background, Shane took on the role as a songwriter that would lay the foundation for a career to unfold in the world of music. Inspired by songs of Hayes Carll, Adam Carroll, and Ray Wylie Hubbard, he taught himself guitar and began to write the kinds of songs he loved from an appreciation of stellar songwriters. “I was real fortunate to have heard these artists off the bat," Shane recalls. Honoring his commitment to become a respected songwriter Smith moved to the Austin area to fulfill his dream and hone his skills as a working musician as well as earning his degree at St. Edwards University.
After finding some of the city’s most proficient players, he formed his backing group The Saints that add groove and energy to the Shane Smith sound. While holding down jobs as well as attending college full time, each of his band members are just as dedicated to the cause, having become respected players by performing nonstop. With a five piece young rocking band and songs with depth and weight, Shane's live performances are always a high energy and moving experience that leave audiences screaming for more.
By 2009, Shane recorded his debut album, "I’ll See for Miles" with producer Bob Gentry. After much pressure from friends and fans to record his newly worked material Shane is back in the studio recording his much anticipated follow up. Having tapped a powerful creative spark that allows him to highlight a moment with his words and a knack for defining truthful situations in his songs; some say that Shane Smith just might be the next great Texas songwriter you’ll feast your ears on!
Bob Simpson – Music
Journalist/San Angelo Spotlight