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Mindy Smith


Country of origin:

U.S.

Type of music generally:

Americana (country)

Status:

Most recent release, Snowed In (seasonal EP, 2013); most recent release of non-seasonal material, Mindy Smith (2012)

See also:

Mindy's Smith's site

Wikipedia's entry for Mindy Smith

Comparisons:

Shawn Colvin, Allison Krauss

Covers/own material:

Mostly own, occasional covers

General comments:

Mindy Smith's an intriguing new country star and her debut's very nice. (stjarnell@yahoo.com)

Recommended first album:

Any

Recordings:


One Moment More

Release info:

2004—Vanguard Records—79736-2

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Recommended

Group members:

Mindy Smith—vocals, harmony vocals

Guest artists:

Glenn Worf—bass
Bryan Sutton—acoustic guitar
Kenny Vaughan—electric guitar
Lex Price—mandolin
Shannon Forrest—drums
Dan Dugmore—lap steel, steel guitar
Steve Buckingham—B-3, dulcimar, acoustic guitar
Micol Davis—tambourine
Daniel Tashian—harmony vocal
Matt Rollings—B-3
David Jacques—bass
Will Kimbrough—electric guitar
Paul Griffith—drums, percussion
Steve Conn—B-3, accordion
Greg Woodruff—harmony vocals
Viktor Krauss—bass
John Deaderick—piano, keyboards
Chris Carmichael—violin, viola, cello
Kristin Wilkinson—string arrangement, viola
David Angell, Conni Ellisor, Pamela Sixfin, Mary Kathryn VanOsdale—violins
Jim Grosjean—viola
Carole Neuen-Rabinowitz—cello
Sonny Landreth—slide guitar
Dolly Parton—harmony vocal on "Jolene"

Produced by:

Steve Buckingham and Mindy Smith

Comments:

Mindy Smith's debut has gotten praise from many corners and it's not hard to see why. She has a fresh approach to Americana. She has a clear Christian belief but is not too preachy. "Come to Jesus" is pretty and engaging. "Raggedy Ann" is a picture of a poor girl that echoes Dolly Parton's "Coat of many colors". The hidden track is a cover of "Jolene" that seems apt. A nice debut in all. (stjarnell@yahoo.com)

Long Island Shores

Release info:

2006—Vanguard Records—79797-2

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Recommended

Group members:

Mindy Smith—acoustic guitar, piano, electric guitar, vocals

Guest artists:

Kyle Andrews—synthesizer
Eddie Bayers—drums
Dan Dugmore—pedal steel, lap steel guitar
David Henry—cello
Tim Marks—bass
Roger Moutenot—keyboards, drum loop
Lex Price—acoustic guitar, banjo, bass, mandolin, electric guitar, tenor guitar
Michael Rhodes—bass
Bryan Sutton—acoustic guitar, 12-string guitar
Daniel Tashian—bass, percussion, piano, drums, keyboards, tambourine, 12-string guitar, backing vocals, wurlitzer
Jonathan Trebing—acoustic guitar
Reese Wynans—Hammond organ, Wurlitzer
Andrea Zonn—viola

Produced by:

Mindy Smith, Lex Price, Steve Buckingham

Comments:

Mindy Smith follows her debut with an equally solid new record. Her girlish voice and songs resonate as well as ever. She doesn't do anything very novel, but she has a firm grasp of her craft. "Little Devil" is humorous and sweet. The simple but effective "Tennesse" is clear as a bell and lovely as can be, a duet with Buddy Miller is brilliant too. Smith sounds like she's here to stay. (stjarnell@yahoo.com)

My Holiday

Release info:

2007—Vanguard—79838-2

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Mindy Smith—vocals

Guest artists:

Eddie Bayers—drums
Michael Rhodes—bass
Bryan Sutton—acoustic guitar
Kenny Vaughan—electric guitar
Lex Price—mandola
Andrea Zonn—violin, viola
Steve Cox—piano
Sam Levine—clarinet
Eric Darken—vibes
Chely Wright—harmony vocal (4)
Paul Franklin—steel
Steve Buckingham—tambourine, percussion
Allison Krauss—harmony vocal (6)
Scott Baggett—acoustic guitar, finger cymbals
Dave Jacques—bass
Will Kimbrough—electric guitar
Paul Griffith—drums
Greg Woodruff, Jen Cohen—harmony vocals (11)

Produced by:

Steve Buckingham and Mindy Smith

Comments:

A lovely, low-key collection of folk-country originals, traditionals, and modern covers. I really like her gentle version of "Away in a Manger," but the best songs on the album are the new ones, particularly those Mindy penned herself or co-wrote (5 of the 11 tracks). (JoAnn Whetsell)

Stupid Love

Release info:

2009—Vanguard—79853-2

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Recommended

Produced by:

Ian Fitchuk, Justin Loucks & Mindy Smith

Comments:

Solid vocals and musicianship, but I get bored halfway through. The album does rebound with the last two songs, however. (JoAnn Whetsell)


Thanks to stjarnell@yahoo.com for work on this entry.

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