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Field of Crows is the latest song collection from a man who is living one of the most fascinating and beautiful artistic evolutions in American music.

During his 20-year career, Texas singer-songwriter Darden Smith has recorded in folk, country and pop settings. He has co-written songs with a British rocker, released 10 critically acclaimed albums, created works for dance theater, done symphonic collaborations and taught music to children. Darden Smith has made himself at home in studios in Manhattan, Nashville and London, as well as Austin. As this new CD shows, his style is always shifting, yet remains true to his roots.

As melodic a collection as he has ever recorded, Field of Crows shows Smith continuing to explore rhythms, sounds and lyric themes. As it has on all of his recent Dualtone albums, his work on the nylon-string guitar adds a distinctive texture to the music. He plays more piano on this album than any of his previous collections. “I tend to write sitting at the piano, holding a guitar, and go back and forth between them.,” he says. “Over the last 10 years, the keyboard has become more involved in how I hear songs.”

Departing from the way he has recorded other albums, Smith cut Field Of Crows almost live in the studio with the band all in the same room collaborating. Co-produced with Stewart Lerman, the entire record was recorded and mixed over the course of three weeks in May 2005. Field of Crows is highlighted by contributions from drummer Sammy Merendino, multi-instrumentalist Steuart Smith, bassist Roscoe Beck, steel guitar and violinist David Mansfield, percussionist Jose Galeano and co-producer/guitarist Lerman.


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  • TheHagMan

    Wow no comments for Darden!!?! He is a great singer songwriter in the classic Texas tradition. all his album are worth giving a listen to if you like intelligent lyrics and storytelling.

    23 Sep 2013 Reply

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