CRAIG SMITH

CRAIG SMITH

 Wasaga Beach, Ontario, CAN
SoloFolkAlternative

Roots music with a twist; "Smith strikes a perfect balance between alt-country and power pop like few other Canadian artists have done before." Exclaim!

Biography

CRAIG SMITH


Craig Smith possesses warmth and an honesty that permeates everything he touches, everyone he meets, every song he sings.
Smith first made his mark in 2007 as a solo recording artist, with his debut album Not Sure Not Sure, a musical statement of self-awareness that made the Toronto Star Anti-Hit List.  On his sophomore album, HEAVY EARLY (2011), Smith coaxes his familiar Gretsch guitar in and out of corners of his mind, yielding twelve intensely personal narratives. Set to a melodic, often joyous swagger of loud rock and roll woven with deliberate acoustic songs, HEAVY EARLY creates a classic, two-sider vinyl album kind-of-flow.

Currently working on his much-anticipated third album (2014), Smith continues to tour and clear an authentic path that cleverly walks the line between the roots of rock and country and the melody of pop. In addition to performing as a solo artist, Smith keeps a full schedule recording and producing other singer/songwriters.

In addition to getting out on the road and playing live as a solo performer, as well as his band MACHINE, Craig Smith continues to record and produce other artists.

Since the release of Not Sure Not Sure, Craig has shared the stage with an eclectic mix of established and up-and-coming artists, such as Fred Eaglesmith, Jason Collett, Danny Michel, Zeus, Matthew Barber, Lindi Ortega, Bahamas, The Warped 45s, and Drive-By-Truckers. He tours as a solo artist and with his band.

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Jeff Woods, Explore Music/Q107


Lyrics

Be Yourself

Written By: Craig Smith

Well you never fit in,
With the popular crowd,
You were quiet and shy,
Kept your eyes to the ground,

Did you ever believe,
Someday you’d let it all out,
You were dying inside,
Just to scream so loud,

You’ve got to be,
Be yourself,
You’ve got to be,
Be yourself,
Be yourself

Well you got your wings,
Before you learned to fly,
I saw you crash and burn,
So many times,

You drove a cheap sedan,
The colour green,
With the stereo loud,
You taught yourself how to scream,

You’ve got to be,
Be yourself,
You’ve got to be,
Be yourself,
Be yourself

God & The Devil

Written By: Craig Smith / Ian Smith

I remember something that my mother said
About saving some money for a rainy day,
Now I’m standing in the shelter of a maple tree,
With the cold cold rain coming down on me,

She said hurry up kid your time will come
You’re got to be ready for god and the devil, my son,
She said you better learn to walk before you run,
You’re gonna go through hell before you get to heaven
Get ready for god and the devil my son

Tell me my boy, is your life your own?
Do you give your soul a happy home?
Under all the anger, the guilt and shame,
I guess you’re just a boy who got caught in the rain,

She said hurry up kid your time will come
You’re got to be ready for god and the devil, my son,
She said you better learn to walk before you run,
You’re gonna go through hell before you get to heaven
Get ready for god and the devil my son

I don’t know when my time will come,
But I can’t speak for anyone,
Mother taught me well,
At least I think so,
And I don’t know about judgement day,
But I know we’re slowly on our way,
So I propose
We raise a toast,
To the devil and the holy ghost

She said hurry up kid your time will come
You’re got to be ready for god and the devil, my son,
She said you better learn to walk before you run,
You’re gonna go through hell before you get to heaven

Wounded Heart

Written By: Craig Smith / Ian Smith

Wounded Heart of mine,
Are you gonna be cruel,
Are you gonna be kind?
When I see you fading,
I’ll try and make you shine,
Take whatever you can,
From this wounded heart of mine,

Got one hand on a boy scout dream of perfection,
We took one way but the dream took another direction,
In another place,
Maybe another time,
Got my other hand on this wounded heart of mine,

So all aboard this mystery ride,
It’s called life you better hold on tight,
Soon as you think you’ve got it figured out,
It turns you upside down,
Sometimes love might come undone,
Maybe there’s a wounded heart in everyone?

Your ship may come and sail away,
Without you on it,
But they’ll be better days,
A broken truth,
The tides of change,
Leave a wounded heart right in it’s place,

But I know you’re healing,
Yet the scars remain,
Some days you’re feeling,
Feeling everything,
Sometimes they come,
Sometimes they’ll just go,
To hide a wounded heart,
Maybe you’ll never know

So all aboard this mystery ride,
It’s called life you better hold on tight,
Soon as you think you’ve got it figured out,
It turns you upside down,
Sometimes love might come undone,
Maybe there’s a wounded heart in everyone?

Telephone Booth

Written By: Craig Smith

Well you held so tight,
On to your one true vice,
The one that’s calling your name,
In a soft sweet voice,
You rode an ego trip,
To the end of the line,
In a downtown phone booth,
Below a billboard sign,

Weill it was raining,
When the telephone rang,
On a Sunday morning when the church bells rang,
I wouldn’t have picked it up on a normal day,
But I had a feeling that wouldn’t go away,
As the dawn broke and the clouds filled the sky,
You made one last call just to say goodbye,
The candle burned out for the very last time,
In a telephone booth below a billboard sign,

Well, you shot from the hip,
Broken nose and a busted lip,
Smoked way too many cigarettes,
Easy stride you had no regrets,
But now you’re living in rags,
And stuffed shopping bags,
You fell face to the floor,
But still you’re begging for more,

Weill it was raining,
When the telephone rang,
On a Sunday morning when the church bells rang,
I wouldn’t have picked it up on a normal day,
But I had a feeling that wouldn’t go away,
As the dawn broke and the clouds filled the sky,
You made one last call just to say goodbye,
The candle burned out for the very last time,
In a telephone booth below a billboard sign,

So what could I do, tell me what could I do?
While you were crying out from that telephone booth,
And I have not been the same since the church bells rang,
For you, yes they were ringing for you,

Well you held so tight,
On to your one true vice,
The one that’s calling your name,
In a soft sweet voice,
You rode an ego trip,
To the end of the line,
In a downtown phone booth,
Below a billboard sign,

The Machine

Written By: craigsmith

I'm gonna build a machine,
And I'm gonna sell if for free,
I'm gonna build a machine,
And I'm gonna sell if for free,
I'm gonna cure the disease,
Honey if you believe in me,
I'm gonna cure the disease,
Honey if you believe in me,

So Come on come on come on,
Get on get on get on,
We can save the world tonight before the dawn,

I'm going to wipe the slate clean,
I'm going to plant a new seed,
I'm going to wipe the slate clean,
I'm going to plant a new seed,
I'm gonna grow with the tree,
And I'm gonna let you breathe,
I'm gonna grow with the tree,
And I'm gonna let you breathe,

So Come on come on come on,
Get on get on get on,
We can save the world tonight before the dawn,
So let's celebrate today before it's gone

Discography

-'HEAVY EARLY' Release date of April 5, 2011 on the Indie label Busted Flat Records (Universal Music Canada).
- Craig Smith EP (European release) May, 2011
-Debut cd titled Not Sure Not Sure - release date August, 2007.
-Significant radio play internationally for such songs as'Getaway Car' and 'Song For Ghosts' on CBC Radio One, Radio 2, Radio 3. (National shows, such as Definitely Not the Opera).
-Feature artist on CBC's 'Fresh Air'
-FM Radio song airplay: 'Not Sure, Not Sure,' 'Wishbone,' 'Getaway Car', Song For Ghosts
-National Candian College radio airplay (eg. University of Toronto CIUT 89.5 & CJIQ, Kitchener, ON)
-International radio airplay (UK, Germany)

Set List

A typical set is 45 minutes of original music.