Smiling Jack Smith and David Gwynn
I remember reading Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut and the concept of the karass, the circle of people, known and unknown, that surround you and mix with and influence your life. I know that there have been occasions when, upon meeting a person for the first time I felt that they were, or were going to be, important to me.
David Gwynn is definitely one of these people.
The first time I played with him it was obvious that we shared a very deep musical connection. Over the last few years I have begun to realize that he is a near perfect complement to my show, the roots and years we share are clear when we play together. It’s like a friend once said, “Talkin’ to you is just like talkin’ to me…”. That’s the feeling I have on stage with him, he plays what I would play if I could, and if I wasn’t playing rhythm and singing.
We have been working in a number of formats for several years, from a six-piece band with violin and harmonica through trios and duos. This current CD is an outgrowth of that work, and a natural progression for me as a writer and performer.
I have been feeling the need to return to a simpler sound and that has had an influence on my writing.
Now don’t get me wrong, these tunes sound great with the band, but in some way I was writing this stuff to be recorded as a duo, with acoustic instruments and with a minimum of overdubs and punch-ins, as close to live a I can get and still feel happy about the sound.
I am not sure how many tunes we will record or when it will be finished, before Christmas, I hope.
Smiling Jack Smith
Some Comments About The Music
It's killer..... just love it!!- Pat Coleman, Guitarist, Producer, and Professor, Nanaimo, B.C., Canada
Very cool! -Tim Williams, Singer, Songwriter and Guitarist, Alberta, Canada
That's some good pickin right there! - John- Suckfree Radio, Texas, USA
Sounded great Jack, I love it! - Mary- Mary4Music, Baltimore, USA
I love it! ... David Gwynn certainly compliments your vocal & guitar very nicely....in fact that's a great guitar sound! Nice story to the song......it's really cool Jack. - Louise Hughes, Guitarist, Songwriter and Singer, Tuncurry, New South Wales, Australia
Nicely done Jack! David is a really good picker eh! You guys sound great together. -Paul Hovan, Entrepreneur, Vancouver, B.C, Canada
Smiling Jack Smith's Blog
I will be in London from the 24th of March to the 5th of April. I have some gigs booked, but still have dates open. Ideas? House concerts would be great, or pub work, what I really wnt is to work as much as possible. Contact me here or at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as posible.
Posted on February 26, 2013 at 22:46