Born and raised in Texas, Tex Smith blends honky tonk, roots rock, singer-songwriter style and folk into one big flavorful pot of country stew. “You get a sense of real country roads when you listen to Tex Smith,” says Bill Jeffery of Waterloo Records “His soft-spoken delivery works well with the slower tunes, and his voice adapts nicely to the more rocking ones. It’s Central Texas Americana at its finest."
His debut released in 2009 was recorded in Austin, Texas, at Superpop! Studios was a thrilling ride of up-tempo rockers and stripped down ballads that took you on a journey between foolish love, the honky tonk, and commitment, ultimately making you ponder life’s deeper meanings. Players featured Joey Thompson, Seth Gibbs, and Pete Stafford (The Archibalds). The record received positive response with airplay across North America, Europe, and Australia, briefly making an appearance on the Texas Roots Radio airplay chart.
Also recorded in Austin Texas at Superpop! Studios, Tex Smith’s second release 2010’s To A Bird Singing Woe beautifully takes on lost love and heartbreak face to face. The album features 12 more Tex Smith original songs full of sentiment, sorrow, with a twist of light. To A Bird Singing Woe highlights his growth as a writer and continued development of his unique sound and delivery. In addition to the original cast of players from his debut record, Tex adds in an extra punch to the rhythm section with friends Jake Erwin playing upright bass (Hot Club of Cowtown), and Pete Coatney on drums (Jack Ingram, Deadman). As an added bonus HalleyAnna Finlay (Texas singer-songwriter) makes a guest appearance on the duet “Come On” creating a whole new element and feel to Tex’s recordings. A few other guest artists and friends round out a solid cast of musicians. The end result is a much more crisp, down to the essentials roots record that is sure to make you cry, laugh, and tap your feet; it’s a solid effort all the way through.
Tex has been writing and recording songs for over 15 years, in addition he spent a handful of years as a radio disc jockey in the Dallas/Fort Worth area studying and spinning roots/Americana records on his weekly show. He’s traveled all over the state of Texas and beyond, and visited just about every honky tonk and bar that’s still standing, soaking in as much soul and grit as possible, and his style shows it. Be it a gritty Country tune, a stomping Rock n’ Roll number, or a simple songwriter crooning tears into the beer glass, Tex knows the feeling.
For the last 2 years he’s been a regular at Kent Finlay’s Songwriters Circle at the world famous Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos, TX, and has been playing bars and coffee shops around Central TX. His experience, knowledge, and ear for music are evident in his songwriting and style.
Tex hit the ground running in 2009 with his first album and releasing his second just a year later in 2010. He is currently out performing in the Texas scene as well as writing and preparing to record his third record, tentatively to be released in late 2011.