Capital District raised, Austin-based artist Matt Smith and 6 String Ranch Records announce the release of 8 new albums, as well as 10 digital re-releases of Smith’s catalog recordings. All the albums will be available everywhere music is streamed or bought. Hard copies of the new albums will be available Austin’s Waterloo Records and at www.6stringranch.com.
“Being Human” – the flagship release of the new recordings – has been four years in the making and features songs that reflect issues of the human condition. The song addresses broad themes of love, death and spirituality, along with timely issues such as immigration, narcissism and addiction. Smith is supported on the album by an international cast of all-star musicians.
“Parlor” is a solo acoustic instrumental album recorded entirely on an 1890’s Thompson and Odell parlor guitar that has been handed down through 4 generations of the Smith family. “One Man – one guitar – one take” was the concept for this album featuring composed and improvised pieces. “Chop Shop – Live at Strange Brew” was recorded at the legendary south Austin venue during the band’s weekly Sunday afternoon residency. Chop Shop was Smith’s trio that used song format as a platform for creativity and improvisation, featuring Smith, along with Ed Friedland (bass) and Bryan Austin (drums).
“Matt Smith’s World – Live at the Saxon Pub” features Smith, along with Austin pros Ernie Durawa (drums), David Webb (keyboards, vocals), Joe Morales (sax, flute, vocals), Aaron Lack (steel pan, percussion, vocals) and Mark Epstein (bass). The album was recorded by Richard Vannoy during the band’s weekly residency at the iconic venue.
Matt Smith 1988-2020 Vol 1-4 rounds out the eight-album release. The collection is curated from 10 previous albums that have been released since the start of Matt’s solo career.
Vol. 1- Upstate NY :1988-1994
Vol. 2 – NYC: 1994-2005
Vol. 3 – NYC/Austin: 2005-2011
Vol. 4 – Austin: 2011-2020
Other Matt Smith albums that have been re-released digitally are:
Matt Smith Band
Whisper to a Scream
Tanqueray Rocks; Live at The Ritz
Black and White
Free Beer and Chicken
What I Feel for You
Matt Smith’s World
Currently the co-owner of 6-String Ranch studios in Austin, Smith has produced and engineered over 100 commercially-released albums, television commercials and film soundtracks. As a session musician, he has played multiple instruments for many artists in New York and Austin. He is accomplished on a wide range of stringed instruments including acoustic, electric, and baritone guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin, dobro, sitar, Mohan vina, steel guitar, ukulele, saz, cumbus, charango and tiple.
As a musician, teacher, producer and author, Smith has dedicated himself to the art and craft of making music for over 30 years. He was a senior music instructor for the National Guitar Workshop, leading workshops in Connecticut, Chicago, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Austin, Nashville, Florida, Seattle, Oakland, the United Kingdom and Germany. It’s not only difficult to find someone with Smith’s breadth of experience, but equally rare to find someone who shares his knowledge so generously with colleagues.