We are delighted to again host the incredible Darden Smith from Austin TX!
Comprising a new studio record, a book of photography, lyrics, and essays, and an accompanying album of readings set to music, Darden Smith’s Western Skies is an immersive journey through a world both real and imagined, a place of mystery and mythology, possibility and longing. Like his photographs, Smith’s writing is steeped in isolation, though rarely lonely; timeless, yet acutely aware of the hours and minutes whizzing by like mileposts on the highway. The songs on Western Skies are spare and deliberate, often marked by a distinct sense of motion and transience, and the performances are similarly raw and intimate, reflecting the desolate beauty of the region that so captured the Austin-based artist’s imagination as he crisscrossed it time and again throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hailed “one of the most respected American musicians working today” by The Daily News, Smith has released 16 critically lauded studio albums, landed singles on both the country and pop charts (including the Top 10 hit “Loving Arms”), penned a symphony, scored works for theater and dance, published a widely celebrated book on creativity, exhibited works of visual art, and co-founded multiple non-profits devoted to helping veterans, healthcare workers, students, and more tap into the transformational possibilities of collaborative songwriting.