Darden Smith CD Release

Aug 2, 2010 |  0 comments
Date: Aug 2, 2010 Time: 
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The place you never get to. With Marathon, his latest release, Darden Smith evocatively captures the enduring allure in pursuing answers we never find. Inspired by the stark, spacious mood of the American West, Marathon is the most exceptional work to date in the Austin-based musician’s 25-year career. “For me, Marathon is a place of mind,” Smith says. “Somewhere I wanted to go, and a place I could never reach. The desert reminds me of that: It’s barren, and it’s harsh. You’re alone out there. It’s daunting – but I’m drawn to it.” The elegant sweep of Marathon indeed evokes images of a foreboding vista, from the opening of “Sierra Diablo” to the aptly titled “75 Miles of Nothing.” And while it readily recalls the desolate landscape of West Texas, Marathon is, ultimately, about the landscape within. From its fluid acoustic guitar base and soaring pedal steel to its delicate piano interludes, Marathon broadly embodies the intimidating – and intimate – beauty of life. “Marathon is more open, more organic than anything I’ve done in a very long time,” Smith says of the album, named for the remote Texas town near the bend of the Rio Grande. “I wanted it to be really spacious, very acoustic-based, and to try and pull in sonically what West Texas is to me visually.”

Visit the website:http://www.dardensmith.com/

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 day of show

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