Vancouver’s Scott Smith Steps Up to The Mic With Just A Season
Vancouver’s Just A Season marks the first new release of 2014 for ModMay Promotions, and it’s the perfect album to start out a new year of great music! Stream the single “Trouble In Her Eyes” HERE and the whole Album HERE.
A yet undiscovered talent of immense proportions, guitarist and songwriter Scott Smith has been flying under the radar for years as a sideman in numerous bands, but he’s finally stepping out into the light with his solo project, Just A Season. Rich and authentic roots-rock reminiscent of the sounds of the 60′s and 70′s dominate the recording, clearly inspired by the contemporaries of that generation; The Band, The Allman Brothers, The Byrds etc., while displaying a distinctly west coast, modern, good-time vibe. Just A Season is officially releasing on March 28th, with a party at Chapel Arts in Vancouver.
Friday, March 28th, 2014
Chapel Arts, 304 Dunlevy Ave
Doors: 8:00pm | Show: 9:00pm
Tickets $10 advance, available at Zulu, Red Cat, Highlife and Neptoon Records or through NorthernTickets.com
Songwriting is clearly where Smith’s heart lives, and the vibe is established in the first ambling bars of opener “Rick Danko’s in Heaven”, a song that offers insight into his own musical past as much as it captures the relaxed, woody feel of The Band. Just a Season runs through all of Smith’s musical coordinates, from the saintly simplicity of the instrumental “Cherry Tree”, to the charging country anthem “Trouble in Her Eyes”, while striking a note of high and lonesome with “Julieta”, and conjuring the late ’60s British folk resurgence with “Never Quite Enough” and “January Bound”.
At all times, Just A Season is characterized by that rarest of qualities, where a relaxed feel is somehow produced out of the stealthiest musicianship. Smith found that golden pocket in just seven days, piling into Afterlife Studios with co-producer John Raham and a dream cast of players that included drummer Geoff Hicks, bassist Jeremy Holmes, fiddle player Kendel Carson, keyboardist Darryl Havers, bassist Brad Ferguson, percussionist Liam MacDonald and Juno award winning multi instrumentalist Steve Dawson. Smith also roped in Rich Hope, Jenn Bojm, Erik Nielsen and Ola Kluft to provide backing vocals. And then, just to see what would happen, Smith and Raham hit record and let the players shape the songs. The result? A record with all the warmth and sentiment implied by its Byrds-inspired nom-de-album, and the sound, finally, of Scott Smith making nobody but Scott Smith sound great.