Darden Smith is an Austin-based singer-songwriter known for his lyrics and for weaving folk and Americana influences with rock, pop and the musical roots of his home state, Texas. His early interest in music was sparked by singing in the local church choir, and he spent his teen years listening to the likes of Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt and John Prine.
Smith’s major label debut, the eponymous Darden Smith, was released in 1988. The album borrows three tracks from his first album, Native Soil, stepping up the production and accentuating his country side. Produced by Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel, it includes “Little Maggie” and “Day After Tomorrow,” which helped propel him beyond the Texas singer-songwriter genre and onto the national country music scene.
He co-wrote an album with Boo Hewerdine (Evidence) before his next solo release Trouble No More in 1990. Building lyrically and rhythmically on the different approach established with Evidence, the album focuses more on songwriting and yielded both “Midnight Train” and “Frankie & Sue,” which became mainstays of college radio.
Smith continues to tour across America and Europe, regularly performing in the UK and France.
Disk 1 Two Dollar Novels, Want You By My Side, Love Me Like a Soldier, Little Maggie, Day After Tomorrow, God’s Will, Talk to Me, Coldest Winter, Place in Time, Driving Rain
Disk 2 Midnight Train, Frankie & Sue, All the King’s Horses, 2,000 Years, Ashes to Ashes, Fall Apart at the Seams, Trouble No More, Long Way Home, Listen to My Own Voice, Johnny Was a Lucky One, Bottom of a Deep Well