October 8, 2007 |
Halloween's still three weeks away, but as far as the music industry is concerned, neither All Hallows Eve nor Thanksgiving gives anyone much reason to celebrate, business-wise. But Christmas is another story.
October 10, 2006 |
What's a sensitive singer-songwriter to do? Just a couple of years back, when Mindy Smith was still "Mindy Who?" and just a promising guitarist and songwriter from Long Island, she felt lucky to be playing for attentive, lyric-minded audiences as an opening act for the erudite rock, folk and Americana elite such as John Hiatt, John Prine, Nickel Creek and the Flatlanders.
August 15, 2009 |
Mindy Smith smiled a guilty smile -- you get the sense it's the only kind she feels she's entitled to -- as the singer and songwriter listened to the final chord slowly fade out on "Highs and Lows," the first single from her fourth album, "Stupid Love," that was released Tuesday on Vanguard Records. She sat on the couch in a well-equipped converted garage recording studio, a few feet away from Ian Fitchuk and Justin Loucks, who co-produced the album with her. The two men were stationed near the studio's control board during a mixing session on a cold and cloudy day early in the spring, playing recordings they'd been working on together for the previous four months for an outsider for the first time.
August 31, 2012 |
A series in Sunday Calendar about what Times writers and contributors are listening to right now... Joey + Rory's "His and Hers," the third album from the husband-wife duo Joey and Rory Feek, is a balanced blend of traditional country deep emotion and good-humored irreverence that turns the spotlight more often on hubby Rory's modestly engaging voice after this collection's two predecessors chiefly showcased Joey's sparkling singing. The opening track, “Josephine,” is set against the Civil War but skillfully probes the multiplicity of emotions all soldiers go through not knowing if or when they might come home.
October 25, 2013 |
Pop & Hiss premieres the title track from singer-songwriter Mindy Smith's new five-song holiday EP “Snowed In.” The Long Island-born, Nashville-based musician returns to the seasonal music she explored movingly in her 2007 album “My Holiday” because “a lot of people really gravitated to the holiday record, more than I anticipated. When I made it, of course, you hope that happens.” The song “Snowed In” approaches Christmas as a time to spend with a loved one, set to a wistful melody that Smith sings with sweetness and a trace of melancholy.
April 27, 2004 |
Most musicians who go after a record contract meet either acceptance or rejection from record industry executives. For an unlucky few, there's a third option -- acceptance and rejection, perhaps the hardest of all to hear. "Most of the time I would get, 'We really like this ... but we can't do anything with it.' I got a lot of that," says Long Island-reared singer-songwriter Mindy Smith, 31.