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Naked Blue

Baltimore, MD | Established. Jan 01, 1991 | INDIE

Baltimore, MD | INDIE
Established on Jan, 1991
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"Naked Blue Weightless"

“Weightless” is the perfect description for the newest release by Naked Blue, which features a collection of acoustic, pop, singer/songwriter tunes that have an effortless feel to them. The music relies as much on the arrangement and mix as they do on the melody and musicianship. Throughout the CD, deliberate lyrics are painted into the score of each song, with the use of complex background vocals, stripped down percussion, and an eclectic mix of instrumentation.
The title track “Weightless,” uses the metaphor of a paper airplane as a symbol for simple, everyday living, and introduces the listener to Jenn & Scott Smith, who are the founders of Naked Blue. Jenn delivers intentional yet subtle vocals that allow the composition to breathe, and Scott’s expertise in the studio is evident as he creates a bed of sounds that provide support, yet still feel weightless.
“Little Coins” offers the listener a different take on a percussion section, with each instrument in the rhythm section taking on its own articulated percussive role. The brushed drums lay the foundation, while the descending picked line on the acoustic guitar, and the syncopated plucked bass line help create a percussive groove.
Naked Blue puts their eclectic-acoustic sound to a country feel with the songs “Left Standing” and “Solace,” where twangy guitars fill the air, and the bass drum and tambourine take on a more prominent role.
In addition to holding down the majority of the vocals, Jen Smith also provides other instrumentation throughout the CD, including the backdrop of cello on “Charm,” and the picked bouzouki line on “Left Standing,”
The standout track on the CD is “One Hit,” which has beautiful vocal lines and lyrics. The backing music on the verse offers an assortment of perfectly placed instrumentation: the guitar plays the root on the beat and the chords on the offbeat, while the the bass drum hits on beat one with a tambourine on beat three, and the bass lays the foundation with long notes. “Life is one hit, and one hundred misses.”
Helping to create the sound of Naked Blue are some of the absolute top musicians in the Baltimore area. Eric Scott & Jay Turner lay down the foundation on bass. John Thomakos & Mark St. Pierre transformed their drum sets into percussion sections. Jen & Scott Smith used a mixture of stringed instruments to perfectly accent the stories in their songs. Ruut provided piano and background vocals. And vocalist Ellen Cherry, took the lead on “Passing Season.”
“Weightless” was recorded at The Wood and Stone Room, which is owned and operated by Scott & Jen Smith. The expert attention to mix and instrumentation is very evident throughout the entire CD. What helps to create the subtleness in sound, the poetic shaping of the vocal lines into music, and the ability of the music to feel as if it is breathing, is the deliberate placement of each instrument in the mix. This attention to detail in the sound, combined with the purposefulness of the lyrics, and the expertise in performance by the musicians is what makes Naked Blue’s “Weightless” a must have for your music collection.
For more info on Naked Blue: website / Facebook / twitter
For more info on The Wood & Stone Room.
Featured Musicians: Jen Smith (vocals, guitars, cello, bouzouki), Scott Smith (guitars, vox, keys, wurli, percussion,bass), John Thomakos (drums), Mark St. Pierre (drums), Eric Scott (bass), Jay Turner (bass), Ellen Cherry (vocals), Ruut (piano, background vocals)
Recorded & Mixed by: Scott Smith at The Wood & Stone Room.
Mastered by: Drew Mazurek
Review by: Scott Paddock - Mobtown Music Guide


"Naked Blue Weightless"

“Weightless” is the perfect description for the newest release by Naked Blue, which features a collection of acoustic, pop, singer/songwriter tunes that have an effortless feel to them. The music relies as much on the arrangement and mix as they do on the melody and musicianship. Throughout the CD, deliberate lyrics are painted into the score of each song, with the use of complex background vocals, stripped down percussion, and an eclectic mix of instrumentation.
The title track “Weightless,” uses the metaphor of a paper airplane as a symbol for simple, everyday living, and introduces the listener to Jenn & Scott Smith, who are the founders of Naked Blue. Jenn delivers intentional yet subtle vocals that allow the composition to breathe, and Scott’s expertise in the studio is evident as he creates a bed of sounds that provide support, yet still feel weightless.
“Little Coins” offers the listener a different take on a percussion section, with each instrument in the rhythm section taking on its own articulated percussive role. The brushed drums lay the foundation, while the descending picked line on the acoustic guitar, and the syncopated plucked bass line help create a percussive groove.
Naked Blue puts their eclectic-acoustic sound to a country feel with the songs “Left Standing” and “Solace,” where twangy guitars fill the air, and the bass drum and tambourine take on a more prominent role.
In addition to holding down the majority of the vocals, Jen Smith also provides other instrumentation throughout the CD, including the backdrop of cello on “Charm,” and the picked bouzouki line on “Left Standing,”
The standout track on the CD is “One Hit,” which has beautiful vocal lines and lyrics. The backing music on the verse offers an assortment of perfectly placed instrumentation: the guitar plays the root on the beat and the chords on the offbeat, while the the bass drum hits on beat one with a tambourine on beat three, and the bass lays the foundation with long notes. “Life is one hit, and one hundred misses.”
Helping to create the sound of Naked Blue are some of the absolute top musicians in the Baltimore area. Eric Scott & Jay Turner lay down the foundation on bass. John Thomakos & Mark St. Pierre transformed their drum sets into percussion sections. Jen & Scott Smith used a mixture of stringed instruments to perfectly accent the stories in their songs. Ruut provided piano and background vocals. And vocalist Ellen Cherry, took the lead on “Passing Season.”
“Weightless” was recorded at The Wood and Stone Room, which is owned and operated by Scott & Jen Smith. The expert attention to mix and instrumentation is very evident throughout the entire CD. What helps to create the subtleness in sound, the poetic shaping of the vocal lines into music, and the ability of the music to feel as if it is breathing, is the deliberate placement of each instrument in the mix. This attention to detail in the sound, combined with the purposefulness of the lyrics, and the expertise in performance by the musicians is what makes Naked Blue’s “Weightless” a must have for your music collection.
For more info on Naked Blue: website / Facebook / twitter
For more info on The Wood & Stone Room.
Featured Musicians: Jen Smith (vocals, guitars, cello, bouzouki), Scott Smith (guitars, vox, keys, wurli, percussion,bass), John Thomakos (drums), Mark St. Pierre (drums), Eric Scott (bass), Jay Turner (bass), Ellen Cherry (vocals), Ruut (piano, background vocals)
Recorded & Mixed by: Scott Smith at The Wood & Stone Room.
Mastered by: Drew Mazurek
Review by: Scott Paddock - Mobtown Music Guide


"Naked Blue Five by Five Review"

“Listening to their new disc, Five by Five, one can't help but be lured into a mental game of names that sound-alike: some Alanis Morissette here, some Aimee Mann
there, a touch of Jonatha Brooke and Lucinda Williams tossed in for good measure. That's not to negate their craft however; theirs is the type of sounds that's ready-made for radio; obvious hooks, engaging melodies and songs that are consistently easy on the ears. ...this is an album so filled with mass appeal melodies, it doesn't take a song about sunshine to warm up to their efforts.”
- Miami News & Entertainment


"Naked Blue Five by Five Review"

“Listening to their new disc, Five by Five, one can't help but be lured into a mental game of names that sound-alike: some Alanis Morissette here, some Aimee Mann
there, a touch of Jonatha Brooke and Lucinda Williams tossed in for good measure. That's not to negate their craft however; theirs is the type of sounds that's ready-made for radio; obvious hooks, engaging melodies and songs that are consistently easy on the ears. ...this is an album so filled with mass appeal melodies, it doesn't take a song about sunshine to warm up to their efforts.”
- Miami News & Entertainment


"Please Don't Let the Music Die"

Baltimore husband and wife due Naked Blue did a set that totally put me into heaven. These two are just heartbreakingly good. The lyrics, the chemistry, the tempo and the addictive songs sent me home feeling like I had won a music lottery. Dianne Lilli - JerseyTomatoPress


"Please Don't Let the Music Die"

Baltimore husband and wife due Naked Blue did a set that totally put me into heaven. These two are just heartbreakingly good. The lyrics, the chemistry, the tempo and the addictive songs sent me home feeling like I had won a music lottery. Dianne Lilli - JerseyTomatoPress


"NAKED BLUE Weightless (SELF-RELEASED)"

Naked Blue open their newest album with
Jennifer Smith’s little-girl-lost vocals in
lilting melody, halfwhispered over acoustic
guitar played like sweetness given ? ngers. The
term “tour de force” is
thrown around too easily, but if there’s one
album that lives up to that description, it’s
Naked Blue’sWeightless.
The duo ? eshes out airy arrangements
with relentless optimism, Prince-like guitars
heavy on thewah, and drums that nail the
airiness to the edge of the bedside table.
Smith’s lyrics are brave adventures in the
exploration of themes that are well-worn but
rarely this well understood. She addresses
adult themes in a wide-eyed voice with the
kind of wild knowledge earned on emotional
battle? elds; she sings of fallen love (“Left
Standing”), chances lost (“One Hit”) and on
“Poison Me,” easily the bluesiest tune on the
album, lost love and bad relationships.
On the driving rocker “Radio Song,” Eric
Scott’s background vocals and gorgeous
guitars throw smoke down over ground
covered by Smith’s “life goes on” outlook. In
fact, Scott’s guitars and production are both
pointand counterpoint to Smith’s lyrics.
Alternately sweeping and wildly crunchy, his
guitars are full of tone and heat.
Weightless sounds like two veteran
musicians with something to say and the
tools with which to say it giving full rein to
a breathtaking artistry. D AV I D M O R R E A L E - Elmore Magazine


"NAKED BLUE Weightless (SELF-RELEASED)"

Naked Blue open their newest album with
Jennifer Smith’s little-girl-lost vocals in
lilting melody, halfwhispered over acoustic
guitar played like sweetness given ? ngers. The
term “tour de force” is
thrown around too easily, but if there’s one
album that lives up to that description, it’s
Naked Blue’sWeightless.
The duo ? eshes out airy arrangements
with relentless optimism, Prince-like guitars
heavy on thewah, and drums that nail the
airiness to the edge of the bedside table.
Smith’s lyrics are brave adventures in the
exploration of themes that are well-worn but
rarely this well understood. She addresses
adult themes in a wide-eyed voice with the
kind of wild knowledge earned on emotional
battle? elds; she sings of fallen love (“Left
Standing”), chances lost (“One Hit”) and on
“Poison Me,” easily the bluesiest tune on the
album, lost love and bad relationships.
On the driving rocker “Radio Song,” Eric
Scott’s background vocals and gorgeous
guitars throw smoke down over ground
covered by Smith’s “life goes on” outlook. In
fact, Scott’s guitars and production are both
pointand counterpoint to Smith’s lyrics.
Alternately sweeping and wildly crunchy, his
guitars are full of tone and heat.
Weightless sounds like two veteran
musicians with something to say and the
tools with which to say it giving full rein to
a breathtaking artistry. D AV I D M O R R E A L E - Elmore Magazine


"Review"

"For me this duo from Baltimore represents an excellent example of how it's possible for great artists to fly just below the radar of most of the world...fabulous music, great songs and a unique musical point of view are a couple of reasons to
dig a little deeper.”
- ReallyMusicRadio


"Review"

"For me this duo from Baltimore represents an excellent example of how it's possible for great artists to fly just below the radar of most of the world...fabulous music, great songs and a unique musical point of view are a couple of reasons to
dig a little deeper.”
- ReallyMusicRadio


"Review"

“Jennifer reminds us of people like Shawn Colvin, Edie Brickell, Jonatha Brooke and Allison Krauss. We love this one.”
- Recording Magazine


"Review"

“Jennifer reminds us of people like Shawn Colvin, Edie Brickell, Jonatha Brooke and Allison Krauss. We love this one.”
- Recording Magazine


"Review"

“Naked Blue, led by the super smooth vocals of Jennifer Smith, has produced a superb pop folk record with ‘Five by Five‘. Smith’s delivery is flawless, lilting, soulful and never misses. The Baltimore-based band sticks with their folk roots, but isn’t afraid to push that sound with a lot of funk infused into tunes like Break Me. Five by Five is a great record and should position Naked Blue among the best folk acts working.”
- Pop Culture Press


"Review"

“Naked Blue, led by the super smooth vocals of Jennifer Smith, has produced a superb pop folk record with ‘Five by Five‘. Smith’s delivery is flawless, lilting, soulful and never misses. The Baltimore-based band sticks with their folk roots, but isn’t afraid to push that sound with a lot of funk infused into tunes like Break Me. Five by Five is a great record and should position Naked Blue among the best folk acts working.”
- Pop Culture Press


"Review"

“(Five by Five is) a charming, grown-up adult contemporary album. Singer Jen out-Crows Sheryl on clever tracks like "Miami", and out-Colvins Shawn on the smoky, sexy, bluesy "Break Me". Scott's guitar lends a friendly twang to album
opener "Pink Hat", and his choogling dobro propels the sweet (but not saccharine) love song "Extraordinarily". A simple, intimate album about being in and out of love, Five by Five is adult contemporary for people who think
"adult contemporary" is a bad word.”
- Pop Matters


"Review"

“(Five by Five is) a charming, grown-up adult contemporary album. Singer Jen out-Crows Sheryl on clever tracks like "Miami", and out-Colvins Shawn on the smoky, sexy, bluesy "Break Me". Scott's guitar lends a friendly twang to album
opener "Pink Hat", and his choogling dobro propels the sweet (but not saccharine) love song "Extraordinarily". A simple, intimate album about being in and out of love, Five by Five is adult contemporary for people who think
"adult contemporary" is a bad word.”
- Pop Matters


"Review"

“Naked Blue has that universal appeal musicians yearn for. (Five by Five) will make you dance and cry.”
- Paste Magazine


"Review"

“Naked Blue has that universal appeal musicians yearn for. (Five by Five) will make you dance and cry.”
- Paste Magazine


Discography

"Weightless" Release date June 25, 2013

"Five by Five" #105 on FMQB 3/01/05. Available on iTunes.

Recordings:
1995 Treasure and the Pearl
(Viceroy -USA/ Dogondke - GERMANY/ Coast to Coast Records-UK) - Naked Blue - 15 songs
1995 Rattlesnake Guitar , a Peter Green Tribute (Viceroy) - Naked Blue - Closing My Eyes
1995 The British at Midem (Coast to Coast) - Naked Blue - I'd Do Anything
1998 Wish (Bluetick) - Naked Blue - 10 songs
1998 An Annapolis Christmas (Baysides) - Compilation - Silent Night
1998 Audiohighway.com Compilation - Naked Blue -Ordinary Girl
1998 TAXI Best of Country Compilation - Naked Blue - Ordinary Girl, I Will Rise
1998 TAXI Best of Pop Compilation - Naked Blue - Ordinary Girl
1999 TAXI Best of Rock Compilation - Naked Blue - I Will Rise
2000 Thursday, October 21st (Bluetick) - Naked Blue - 9 songs
2000 Shaving Lucky (Bluetick) - Naked Blue - 10 songs
2001 TAXI Best of Pop Compilation - Naked Blue - Ordinary Girl
2004 Five by Five (Bluetick) - Naked Blue - 11 songs
2003 Paste Magazine July Sampler CD - Naked Blue - All the Time in the World
2004 Myrtle's Favorites Compilation (Southwest Airlines & Pitchmusic.com)-Naked Blue- Pink Hat
2013 Weightless (Play Records) - Naked Blue

Film:
1996 Sex, Drugs & Democracy (Red Hat Productions) - Naked Blue - World Without Fear, It's All Mine
1999 The Girl Next Door (Cafe Sisters Productions) - Naked Blue Ordinary Girl
2001 The Smokers (Quincy Jones Productions) - Naked Blue - Ordinary Girl
2002 Second to Die - Naked Blue - Ordinary Girl
2002 Dead Above Ground - Naked Blue - When the Sun Shines Here

Television:
1998 About Sarah (CBS) - Naked Blue - Never Come Back
1998 The Young & The Restless (Columbia/Tristar) - Naked Blue - Ordinary Girl
1998 Brooklyn South (CBS/Steven Bochco) - Naked Blue - I Can't Wait, Never Come Back, Fade Away
2001 That's Life (CBS) - Naked Blue -Ordinary Girl
2001 Jack and Jill (WB) - Naked Blue - Ordinary Girl
2003 The Young & the Restless (Columbia/Tristar) - Naked Blue - When the Sun Shines Here
2010 America's Top Model - Naked Blue - Stay
2011 Mein Leben & Ich - Naked Blue - Welcome Home

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Bio

Drawing from the Americana tradition mixed with a roots rock sensibility, performing songwriter team Jen and Scott Smith, and their band Naked Blue, have become a mainstay on the singer-songwriter/pop scene. After releasing six full-length Naked Blue albums and building a devoted following for their writing, recording and performing, they look forward to their seventh release – an extraordinary collaboration with bestselling author Lee Child based on his iconic Jack Reacher character, due out November 2018.

Scott and Jen's obvious joyous connection on stage and easy rapport with their audience are the hallmark of their performance style; defined by their interwoven guitar work, Jen's instantly recognizable smoky, vulnerable voice and Scott's passionate, impeccable lead guitar. Over the years they've developed a reputation for great songwriting as well; credits include cuts on Evangeline's 'French Quarter Moon' Margaritaville / MCA, Troy Turner's single on Telarc Records and multiple tracks in TV and film, including Brooklyn South, The Smokers and The Girl Next Door.

Naked Blue has worked with a host of fine artists, sharing stages with John Mayer, Joe Cocker, Dan Fogelberg and Aimee Mann, to name a few. Scott and Jen's Wood and Stone Roomrecording studio and Wood and Stone Songwriting Retreathave led to collaboration credits on a songwriting Who’s Whoincluding Todd Wright, Jon Carroll, Wyatt Easterling, Anton Fig and more.

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