Drew Smith’s Lonely Choir recorded a new full length album at Infinity Recording Studios in Austin, Texas – Released September 9, 2008 by Viro Records, under license to Fat Caddy Records.
Drew Smith, 29, was an Army brat who moved from base to base. His parents reared the family on American folk classics like Paul Simon, John Denver and Harry Chapin. After attending college in Omaha, Smith moved to Austin in 2002. Almost immediately, he connected with arranger and pianist Matt Russell, the first member of his band.
It goes without saying: Smith’s band is killer (if one may use ye olde cliché). With the aforementioned Russell on keys, Ryan “The Beef” Bowman on bass, Kyle Thompson on drums, and Jake Owen on electric guitar, the backing band on the new record also benefits from contributions by Ed Jurdi (of the Band of Heathens) on electric guitar, Kim Deschamps (of The Mother Truckers and Cowboy Junkies) on pedal steel, Warren Hood (of The Waybacks and Lyle Lovett) on fiddle and Dustin Welch on banjo and resonator guitars. So inspired by the combination of the backing band, Smith gave them a fitting moniker: the Lonely Choir. The decision to name the album after the backing band attests to the synthesis achieved in the studio.
On Drew Smith’s Lonely Choir, classic sounding songs interlace with that feeling you get from car rides, sing-a-longs, and having certain nostalgic considerations about American life. The group, spoon-fed singer-songwriters since birth, create an undoubtedly warm record that leaves a mysteriously good feeling upon each listen. Without pretension or entitlement, the album draws the listener into the world of Drew Smith’s Lonely Choir, a place of simple elegance and a beating heart for time-honored music.