Music has been in Noah Smith’s blood from a young age, beginning when he learned guitar at age 12 and continuing through his graduation from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music and his apprenticeship with various bands playing a variety of musical styles. Ultimately, Smith felt the pull of songwriting and realized that Country with a side of Rock (or sometimes the other way around) was the most direct path to get where he wanted to go. His eponymous 2014 EP was an amazing studio translation of his mesmerizing stage presentation, and it earned him three Cincinnati Entertainment Award nominations (for Country, Singer/Songwriter and New Artist of the Year). Smith’s recent album, Live from the Southgate House Revival, is a tremendous example of his power in front of an audience, but it’s second-best to actually being in the audience. That’s where you’ll witness Noah Smith’s greatest talents and best understand his universal message.
You’ll Dig It If You Dig: The heartfelt Country emotion of Alan Jackson, the stomp and shout of Gary Allan, the storytelling gifts of Bruce Springsteen. (BB)