Sep 11, 2015

JBTRR with Shane Smith

by Dan Murphy aka the Tee Shirt Evangelist

Every artist takes a different path to the stage, some paths are a little different than others. Not many paths started on the tennis courts of St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas as was the path blazed by Shane Smith, front man for Shane Smith and the Saints. The band, composed of Shane Smith lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Chase Satterwhite bass and harmony, Bryan McGrath drums, Tim Allen lead guitar and Bennett Brown Fiddle, are an assembly of musicians that simply reek of talent. 

Prior to the release of their album Geronimo Shane sat down with me after a show at Austin’s historic Hill’s Cafe and spoke about the insane path this band has traveled.

What’s the first song you remember hearing?
I remember as a kid riding with my Dad and listening to a lot of old Motown, probably a song that stands out would be “Unchained Melody”. At the time doing anything with music was the farthest from my mind, it wasn’t until years later that I even pursued music.

What are you listening to lately?
It’s crazy if I’m in the car driving, I won’t even have the radio on. While touring if I’m driving during the middle of the night, it’ll be dead quiet. But when I am playing something it’s been Otis Redding.

What’s your favorite album by another artist?
Ryan Bingham “Mescalito”, I enjoy Hayes Carll, Guy Clark and Ray Wylie Hubbard, and a lot of indie folk.

What songs are you the proudest of?
Right side of the ground” from our newest album Geronimo. It’s one of those songs that goes out to those looking for something, but looking in all the wrong places. That relationship you're in and it’s just not working out, but you still care for that person. There’s a line “I’ve spent time on the wrong side of the church door, I’ve held hands with the devil in more than just one town, I bet by 40 my stories make you question me, I hope by 40 I’m on the right side of the ground” I’ve always said that goes to my brother, he’s a wildcat.

Talk about your upcoming album / What can fans expect?
A sound more accurate to what we’re like live, a lot of energy and harmonies. We’re excited about it.

What has it been like venturing out and growing your fan base?
It’s been so crazy, the last couple of months have been insane. We played a festival in Idaho and it was cool how receptive this crowd was to us, I mean they’re on the opposite side of the country. From now thru October, we’re booked in 11 states. We’re excited for Medicine Stone coming up, always enjoy being around Turnpike Troubadours. In December we’ll be a part of the Red Dirt Pub Crawl in Ireland.

What’s one thing on your country bucket list you’d like to accomplish in future?
From the get go, my goal at the end of the day, was to have music, that all walks of life would enjoy. I love connecting things, blending a sound that everybody can connect with, that would be on my bucket list.

Most memorable gig so far?
Steamboat Music Fest, playing to a packed capacity show. By the 5th song in, looking around and seeing everyone really getting into the show. I love going to Steamboat, the people there love you. They’re all loud and fun.

Make sure to pick up the album Geronimo that should be available today wherever you buy music. And check out last week's post here with a preview of one of the tracks off of the album.

Sep 10, 2015


When news of a pending split was released from Chad Sullins and Last Call Coalition that made the upcoming release of their last studio record a much bigger deal to fans who have followed the band over the last 7 years. Every show update and post on their Facebook page is inevitably laced with the sullen fan who still can't believe the news. So what's left for that damn band from Stillwater? That rock band that plays country music...

They have always rocked a little more than they have countried but with the first song off of their soon to be released final album Wake Up Call they show they are equally able to slow it down, ease in a little slide guitar and show their softer side.  The track, "Like I Did," which was recorded with the amazingly talented Kaitlin Butts, can maybe even be seen as their goodbye song to the fans.  I know I definitely feel the sting of this break up for a while...

Watch for info on the pre-order coming soon. If you are like me, this album can't get here fast enough.

Sep 1, 2015

Shane Smith & The Saints - Geronimo

Back in 2013 Shane Smith & the Saints made our list of top albums with their debut album Coast and we have had an eye on them since. They have seen some pretty good success and continue to win fans show after show. The band is set to release their second album Geronimo in a couple weeks and we have been lucky to get a peek at a few of the tracks off of the Sept 11th release.

I first heard most of these new songs at this year's Musicfest in Steamboat Springs. Almost instantly it hit me that these guys have managed to put together another set of incredible songs that were going to have no trouble finding a spot on playlists, radio rotations and the Texas charts. The high caliber story telling/songwriting that was so prevalent on Coast has made a seamless transition here.

 The band truly excels at being able to aptly weave the stories of the hard working, every day kind of people into well polished tunes that listeners can relate to whether they have lived the subject matter or not. Tunes like "Oil Town" and "New Orleans" are perfect examples of just that.

Alongside those slower story telling ballads there's a song or two that will be sure to get a crowd moving. One of the songs that stands out and be sure to fill the dance floor is the song "All I See is You." You wouldn't normally think of a love song to be that type of song but with a rocking tempo and some of the best fiddle work you will hear on an album this year they manage to tear at your heart strings and kick you in the teeth at the same time. You can get a peek at "All I See is You" below.

Shane Smith & the Saints have shown more what they are about musically and as a band here with a solid second effort. The tracks on Geronimo have proven the band more than capable of becoming a mainstay and will no doubt continue them on a quick and steady rise in the Texas scene. With great music and even better live shows, you will undoubtedly be hearing more about these guys for quite some time.

Make sure you pick up the album at any of their upcoming release shows at your favorite music spot Sept 11th.

Watch for our interview with Shane Smith coming soon.