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Darden Smith

Named after a local rodeo rider, Darden Smith grew up in Austin, TX. In the 1980s, the rootsy singer/songwriter began building quite a following, and his independent 1986 debut was snapped up by Epic. Three of its cuts were re-recorded for 1988's Native Soil; the single "Little Maggie" placed on the country charts. Trouble No More -- a collaboration with British songwriter Boo Hewerdine of the Bible -- followed in 1990. Three years later, Smith distanced himself even further from his country roots with the pop-oriented Little Victories. While he was a critical favorite, drawing comparisons to such mature songwriters as John Hiatt, Epic still dropped him from its roster. 1996's Deep Fantastic Blue appeared on the indie Plump; it was an accomplished collection of folk-tinged pop. The favorites set Extra Extra followed in 2000, and the introspective, jazz-tinged Sunflower appeared in summer 2002. It was a far cry from the dusty roots of Smith's early work, yet cut from the same intuitive songwriting cloth. Smith released the similarly curious Circo in 2004, and Field of Crows in 2005. ~ Johnny Loftus, Rovi
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littsme
I was saw D when he was 18 yrs old - have followed him ever since - an unappreciate d american treasure.
born in 1962 in Brenham Tx
bbarrows
Excellent songwriter and story teller. I contacted Darden once to inquire about songwriting and he actually emailed me some suggestions on how to write songs and the process and inspirtation . He played in my neighborhood one summer night and everyone was amazed who this man was and loved his songs and live concert. I feel he is one of the best and under rated song writers today. Darden is always welcome back to play and I consider him my friend..
ldfrommi
I first heard Darden Smith live at the Livery in Benton Harbor, Michigan. It was a snowy winter's night and there was just a handful of people in the bar. Darden played acoustically for a good two hours. Though I'd never heard his music before I connected with every song. One of the best live shows I've ever attended. I keep waiting for him to travel back up this way but I'd make a special trip to hear him again somewhere else.
The first time I saw Darden was at the Little Wheel in Dripping Springs around 1987 (?). He opened for Joe Ely that night. I went back stage and we chatted for a bit. From that point on, I was a big fan. He writes great songs and is an excellent guitar player. I also saw him at an Urban Campfire show in the early 90's in San Antonio--tha t was an awesome night. I can't recommend him and his music highly enough.
tclarkemobil e
Trouble No More..CD..ma n i don't skip a track!! GREAT!!
Some big fans of his pooled some money to get him to play a birthday party. He was so great and gave us insights as to why he wrote some of his songs. He also hung out with us and told jokes with us in the kitchen, and acted as if he had been our friend for 20 years. Quality person.
I've seen Darden live twice and it has been too long ago. I became a fan when he played Fan Fair in Nashville in 1988. Went right out after the show to find an recording. A few years later, my wife and I were in San Antonio and happen to find out about a little thing called Urban Campfires, a local group of people who would once per month invite an artist in to perform at a "potluck" dinner. It was one of the most enjoyable evenings, Darden with about 60 other people and plenty of good food.
Such a big fan. Saw him play several times, and he just has this voice that brings you in and invites you to coffee.
Darden is great. He looks nothing like the photo these days!

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