Sounds Like: Josh Ritter, John Prine, Steve Forbert
Label: independent artist.
Manager: sky smeed.
Bio: Sky Smeed was born and raised outside of Chanute, Kansas in an old, one-room schoolhouse his parents bought and turned into a home in the early seventies.
The first music he ever heard came from Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, Van Morrison and Merle Haggard. Hearing this roots style of music playi...See Full Bio
“Knowing that Smeed’s core backing band is Lawrence’s wonderfully irreverent Truckstop Honeymoon may prepare listeners for “Smoke N’ Spice,” a tribute to Kansas City barbeque in the form of a personal ad. But that irreverence makes for a deceptive opening, and even the darker “Blue Highways,” about a touring musician beginning to see two-lane blacktops as bars on a jail cell, isn’t likely to prepare anyone for the rest of the record’s quiet desperation. The John Prine-flavored “I Don’t Know What to Do” features an almost whispered vocal over simple acoustic guitar with a touch of piano and mandolin. When Smeed sings that he doesn’t know what to do “with myself, without you, all night long, the whole day through,” the cleverness of the form simply underscores the content. But by song’s end, a frightening darkness is coming down on the singer.”