July 24, 2012 |
A series in Sunday Calendar about what Times writers and contributors are listening to right now... Mindy Smith made her reputation as a somewhat dark country-folk wunderkind with her acclaimed 2004 debut album, “One Moment More,” and its 2006 successor, "Long Island Shores.” She threw some listeners, however, with her last album, 2009's “Stupid Love,” which found her in a generally happier place and playing with edgier sonic...
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.
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.
July 1, 2004 |
The latest freshman -- freshwoman? -- country music class assembled by L.A. radio station KZLA-FM (93.9) had all the personalities you'd find in any group of first-year high school or college students.
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.