David G. Smith review…August 7, 2019…..

DAVID G SMITH

WHO CARES

HEY DAVE MUSIC  007

WHERE IS THE MEDICINE–I WON’T REMEMBER YOU–JESSE JAMES–RIGHT AMOUNT OF WRONG–MI FAMILIA–MARY ALICE–SAY DIE–SHINE (FEAT. MARY GAUTHIER)–STRAW HOUSES–JUST TO FEEL THE WIND–WITHOUT WATER–WHO CARES

David G Smith is a brilliant singer/songwriter/guitarist now calls Music City home.  He writes songs from the heart, and that speak the truth.  He learned that lesson in his songwriting career thru his general disdain for “the music industry” as a whole, with its “hit machine” tendencies.  On his latest set for Hey Dave Music, “Who Cares,” the twelve originals herein were either written in whole or part by David and some of this town’s finest fellow writers.  These originals speak for those who have no voice.

The set was produced by Blue Miller, who is also on guitars and percussion.  Sadly, he has since passed away, and this album is dedicated to his memory.  There are numerous highlights.  The opening cut tackles dealing with depression, as David ponders “Where Is The Medicine for that kind of pain?”  “Mi Familia” is a true story based on missionary work at the U. S./Mexico border, and the current administration’s apparent disdain for humanitarian aid.  Flint, Michigan, and other cities suffering from the lack of clean water is the theme of “what leaks into the water seeps into our souls,” entitled, “Without Water.”  The title cut shouts-out to the plight of the hungry, homeless, and abused, with “Who Cares, as long as somebody does.”

Our favorite recalled the classic Curtis Mayfield tune, “People Get Ready, there’s a train a’ comin.”  It is entitled “Shine,” and is done as a duet with Mary Gauthier.  Herein, we are all encouraged to let our own lights shine, and be a beacon unto others, to spread a message of hope and peace.

Marcus Hummon pretty much summed up the career of David G Smith earlier today upon his induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.  He urged all writers to “find your own voice,” and write what you feel.  David G. Smith has done just that, with the most excellent “Who Cares.”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

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