Shane Smith

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Mr Shane Smith of Terrell TX. His hobbies include songwriting and trying to keep his band under control.

Are you currently touring? If so with who?

"Yes. We tour about 11-15 days per month not including radio runs. Sometimes we will be opening, sometimes headlining. Currently we are headlining for the first time in a lot of our markets."

Who all have you toured with?

Jason Boland, Turnpike Troubadours, Reckless Kelly, Wade Bowen, Cody Johnson, Kyle Park, etc.
We've opened up for a lot of guys. Even Travis Tritt once haha.

When and why did you start playing?

"I think the same reason as anyone else. I bought a guitar and was hooked on the idea of learning it, so I just kept playing. Not the best guitar player, but I'm very happy I didn't stop."

Which instruments do you play?

"Rhythm guitar, harmonica and off stage Banjo/Mandolin."

What drives your passion?

"I love my band and I love playing onstage with them. I also love songwriting and the power that words can have on people."

Where do you usually gather songwriting inspiration? What is your usual songwriting process?

"Inspiration comes from literally anything. A mariachi band rehearsing in a south Austin storage shed with extension cords running to a gas station… A homeless man telling me never to grow up... My mother telling me to go to church if I can haha. All kinds of stuff."

There is also no set process for me when it comes to songwriting?

"I might hear a cool rhythm or beat pattern in some restaurant's background music and walk outside to make notes for a new song. Might hear someone say a clever line or even think of something out of nowhere and start writing or making notes.

If I'm sitting down purposefully to write music for a long period of time I definitely like having coffee around haha."

What was the first song you learned?

"Nothing Else Matters by Metallica."

Is your family musical?

"My brothers can play piano and some guitar. My oldest brother is a left handed Ukulele player... or better yet wants to be haha.
We have a lot of musicians in my mother's side of the family. The Deans and Andresses were some creative folks. The Smiths were better at business I think :)"

Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?

"Famous musicians...
I love Bruce Springsteen's energy.
Dave Grohl's willingness to make awesome music with other musicians, no matter what genre, the real way. And also love the motivation he gives for independent musicians scrapping it but still making it happen.
I love Old Crow Med Show's commitment to that original folk/roots sound.
I admire and respect Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, John Prine, Robert Earl Keen & tons of other songwriters' ability to tell a story and set a scene in such a detailed way."

Which famous musicians have you learned from?

"All of the ones mentioned above, though not in person. Ray Wylie Hubbard taught me how to finger pick, Aaron Watson helped me a ton with building the structure of a working band, Cory Morrow has taught me how to co-write with different people and Turnpike Troubadours taught us what it means to work our asses off playing shows in order to move forward."

What are your fondest musical memories?

"Some would have to be signing with Red11 and Sunfire Ent.

First out of state run to Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Got to open for Turnpike Troubadours on the shows. Also met Tim Scholen from Mustang Brewing Co (OKC) (Who has since helped us in more ways than we can even try to repay) at the Georges, Fayetteville AR show. Got way too drunk, played to an Arkansas crowd and even got to stay in a hotel (which was more than likely our first time to have that luxury as a young band).

Also showing up to Steamboat Colorado for the first time with Bennett (our fiddle man). No passes to any show, but a PA, our instruments, 10 degree weather and a lot of people to play to while they ski down the mountain. Aaand free pizza and whiskey :)"

Were you influenced by old records & tapes?

"Never had a record player around as a kid. Tapes for sure. Used to record mix tapes when my favorite songs would come on the radio."

Who are your favorite musicians?

"The guys I mentioned earlier, along with:
Adam Carroll, Shovels & Rope, First Aid Kit, The Four Tops, Mumford & Sons and Otis Redding."

What is a typical week like for you?

"THURSDAY start driving. Have a great time with my brothers for a band. Sunday drive home. Monday-Wednesday radio meetings, get the calendar filled with our agent Jeb, restock merchandise, fix the van and trailer, try to write, and try to incorporate whatever new ideas we thought up on the road into our band/business process."

What's your favorite thing about being on the road?

"Meeting people. Catching up with old friends I wouldn't usually be able to see. Sweating out whatever stresses we had by then end of every show. And definitely just seeing new/different things. I think it safe to say that this job has given us a much bigger perspective... even though we've only toured maybe 5-6 states haha"

What's the funniest thing that's happened on the road?

"Probably unmentionable in an interview.
One would be when we were invited to write on a friend's ranch in Mason Texas since no one was using it during that week. We got lost trying to find it and couldn't get a hold of out buddy. Finally got him on the phone and found it.
When the lock code he gave us for the gate consistently wouldn't work, the owner gave us permission to shoot the lock/chain with a pistol to get through. Shot it three times. Didn't work. Eventually we lifted the gate off of its hinges, couldn't hold its weight, Dropped it, broke our bass players foot, fixed the gate, got through, drove all over the property looking for the house only to discover we were on the wrong ranch…"

Best place to eat while on the road?

"Taquerias... Anything with "Arandas, or Guadalajara" in the restaurant name.."

What's the best town play in?
"We love playing in Oklahoma City. Amazing people up there. They know how to have s good time."

Since everyone was a startup once, can you give any smaller or local bands looking to get gigs and airplay some tips?

"Put a band together that wants to play shows, not for the money, but just wants to get out there. Play as many shows as possible and stay in contact with every person you meet along the way. Once money is around and the music is where it needs to be, get the best radio promoter & booking agents you can and try to build a team that believes in you. And take influence from every person and place that offers it to you."

Shane would also like to give out a big shout out to his band memebers!!
Bennett McCreary Brown - Fiddle
Tim Allen - Lead Guitar
Chase Satterwhite - Bass
Dan Allen - Drums

Thank you so much Shane!!

Xxx West Texas Sweetheart

1 comment:

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