The Carri Smithey Band will release its debut album, “Midnight Ride,” at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Gibb’s Hundred Brewing Co., 117 W. Lewis Street, Greensboro, N.C. The Ends will also play. I first wrote about Smithey and her bandmates when they were finalists in MerleFest’s Chris Austin Songwriting Contest here.
From Gibbs’ Facebook page:
“North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad is a far cry from the staple music scenes of Nashville, Austin or LA, but the foothills hold a certain charm, as well as a sense of melancholy and reckless abandon that has inspired countless songwriters. Burlington, N.C.’s Carri Smithey is the embodiment of this charm and abandonment; one part southern belle, one part cherry bomb firecracker, one hundred percent sincere songwriter.
“Much like Dolly and Emmylou, Carri sings songs about love and heartbreak, family, friends and loss. Country music is certainly at the root and Midnight Ride stirs up feelings of nostalgia for a time when musical ambiguity was less evident. Wurlitzer, Steel guitar and Carri’s unmistakable, silky voice marry perfectly with her band, The Ends; a quartet whose love for all things rock, funk and soul gives Midnight Ride it’s righteous spark of energy.
Here’s a link to a sample of the album: