Smokin' features Marcus Singletary backed by Ekoostik Hookah bassist Cliff Starbuck and ex-Doobie Brothers drummer Chet McCracken. The disc was mixed by Ross Pallone (Prince, John Tesh, the Jacksons.) Regarding its production, Singletary says, "I spent a full year on it, and it was a grueling process, as I built and shaped each phrase of every instrument from a ton of recorded studio takes and learned the ins and outs of Pro Tools along the way while experimenting on some very cool instruments."
Singletary appears on vocals, guitars, keyboards, and theremin, and his organ solo in "Can It Be Real" defies the expected Jimi Hendrix-type guitar playing employed by the majority of musicians in breakdowns. A sitar in "Meditate" is influenced by Lolly Vegas of Redbone's 1975 hit Come and Get Your Love, and "Farmer"'s aforementioned theremin, utilized during the 6/4 bridge, adds a brutal edge to the anti-violence narrative.
Other cuts employ arcade-style music and references to Mt. Shasta ("You Could Be Lucky"), flutes that bear resemblance to rock during the Age of Aquarius ("Psychedelic People"), and a groove in "Get the Dance Gene" that recalls Terry Kath-era Chicago-a group at the height of fame at a time when many of Singletary's listeners were in their youth.
Singletary states that his target audience is "30-55, since the music draws heavily upon classic rock influences," and one glance at today's classic rock concertgoer proves that his music fits in well with a group simultaneously inspired by other musicians performing within that genre.
Also shared with the audience are integrity, inspiration, and positive values-qualities fused with a highly educated perspective and formal musical training to provide listeners with a sound stamped by its energy, freshness, inspirational lyrics, and mature tone. It, ultimately, does not resemble much else out there.