Shane Smith & the Saints
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Shane Smith & the Saints

Austin, Texas, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2011 | SELF

Austin, Texas, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2011
Band Folk Rock


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"Top 5: The Most Underrated Artists in Texas Music"

During the unsettling discussion about the evolution of country music, Tom Petty made an excellent point during an interview with Rolling Stone:
“I hate to generalize on a whole genre of music, but it does seem to be missing that magic element that it used to have. I’m sure there are people playing country that are doing it well, but they’re just not getting the attention that the s—tier stuff gets. But that’s the way it always is, isn’t it?”
To each his own, but I agree with Petty 100%. There are many underrated artists out there ‘doing it well,’ especially here in the Texas Music Scene. Let’s take a look at five artists and bands not quite getting the attention they deserve:

Read More: Top 5: The Most Underrated Artists in Texas Music | - Radio Texas Live

"Why Am I Only Now Hearing This Band?!"

Okay… I’ve heard this band’s name around the block quite a few times. But until last night, I hadn’t actually heard their music or seen them live.
Oh. My. Gosh.
How I haven’t heard them before, I don’t know. But Shane Smith and the Saints are possibly my new favorite band on the TX scene. They are the perfect combination of The Wheeler Brothers and Flogging Molly. For those of you who don’t know those bands either, think Irish folk meets Indy rock, with a taste of country. Pure awesomeness. Oh, and to top it off? They opened with a fiddle lick from Braveheart. They know how to melt a girl’s heart.
If you haven’t seen them live, I highly encourage it. It’s a great show with badass music. Check ‘em out!

Read More: Why Am I Only Now Hearing This Band?! | - Radio Texas Live

"Top 5: Don't Miss Bands at Steamboat Musicfest"

Steamboat Music Fest. The largest annual Texas Music party for fans and artists alike. Every year, there are Musicfest veterans, as well as newly invited artists. This year, Dickson Productions has, as always, amped up their lineup with quite a few awesome new artists.
Here are a few we want you to look out for at Steamboat MusicFest this year:

Read More: Top 5: Don’t Miss Bands At Musicfest | - Natalie Rae / Radio Texas Live

"Shane Smith & The Saints, marching onward and upward"

By Richard Skanse

From a glass-half-empty point of view, maybe 11:30 a.m. on Day 3 isn’t the most ideal time slot for a band to be assigned at the Austin City Limits Music Festival. But if any member of Austin’s Shane Smith & the Saints feel that way walking out onto the Miller Lite Stage at Zilker Park, they sure as hell aren’t showing it. Instead, they seize their given moment on this first Sunday morning in October with full-tilt intensity, playing for the modest but respectable crowd of 300-or-so early birds with the sure-footed confidence and conviction of headliners in front of thousands.

They’re not quite there, yet; but judging by the whirlwind ride they’ve been on since the September 2015 release of their second album, Geronimo, it’s really not a matter of if they’ll ever get to that proverbial bigger stage, but when. You can practically see it happening in real time. By the time Smith and the Saints finish their 45-minute ACL Fest debut with a stunning cover of “Seven Bridges Road,” they’ve easily doubled if not nearly tripled their initial crowd. And as it turns out, this wasn’t even their biggest show of the weekend.

“Last night we played with Turnpike Troubadours and William Clark Green in front of about 4,000 people,” says frontman Shane Smith half an hour after the band’s ACL set — and less than 24 hours after playing Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater in College Station. The night before that, the band was at Billy Bob’s, Texas in Fort Worth — on their own.

Granted, they didn’t sell the joint out: the so-called “World’s Largest Honky-Tonk” holds up to 6,000, and Smith estimates that the biggest crowd they’ve played to so far as headliners themselves was “probably about 1,400 people.” That ain’t shabby by any means, but it still leaves Smith & the Saints plenty of room to grow compared to some of the biggest acts on the Texas/Red Dirt scene. But take a look back at their tour schedule over the past 12 months, and it’s clear that they haven’t exactly been focusing all their time and effort on conquering the regional hill.

“We’ve gotten to play about half of the U.S. this year, hitting lots of different markets, which is really exciting for us,” says Smith. Last year, they even made it all the way to Ireland to participate in something called the “Red Dirt Pub Crawl” — and they’ve been invited back to the Emerald Isle for a second crawl this December. But Smith is quick to insist that none of this means that they’re forgotten their Lone Star roots.

“We owe everything to that scene, and to those fans and those radio program directors — they are genuinely our foundation,” he says. “But we’re also trying really hard to branch out to new markets. Not just geographic markets, but different fanbases, too.”

He points to a recent show they played with Shakey Graves and Ryan Bingham as an example of the broader Americana — but hardly mainstream — audience they’re aiming for, if only because that’s where their music is naturally leading them. And based on the evidence of both their stirring ACL Festival set and Geronimo, that’s the world they truly belong to. Although Smith and the Saints — fiddle player Bennett Brown, lead guitarist, mandolin, and Dobro player Tim Allen, bassist Chase Satterwhite, and drummer Zach Stover — all call Texas home, their passionate, harmony-infused style of roots rock leans a lot more towards influences like Levon Helm and The Band and even ACL headliners Mumford & Sons than it does to classic honky-tonk or the kind of music most of their young Texas and Oklahoma peers are making. Sure, there’s that one song about Texas boom towns gone bust (“Oil Town”), and their single “All I See Is You” is the kind of ultra-catchy, driving love anthem that demands and deserves as big an audience as possible on Texas radio and beyond; but they also write and sing compelling songs about Appalachian mining towns, 19th-century New Orleans, and of course a certain famous leader of the Apache Indians. No one could ever mistake the Saints for a gimmicky retro act, either, despite their tight four-part harmonies and the fiddle player’s penchant for the hillbilly overalls-over-no-shirt look. Their music is charged with a Springsteen-level surge and passion that comes across even in the quietest moments, and when they go full-bore acoustic, it’s less O Brother and more Basement Tapes.

And yes, this wheel’s on fire — in a good way.

“I feel like right now we’re at our highest point of momentum so far, just off of this weekend’s shows alone,” Smith says to nods of agreement from the rest of the band. “It started about a month before the album came out, honestly. We sold out the Parish in Austin one week before it was released — we were celebrating the record being finished — and we could kind of tell just from that that it was like, ‘OK, hopefully this is a really good sign.’ And it was. It’s just been an extremely consistent push upward this whole year, and whether that continues to happen with this record of if it kind of levels out, so be it. Because right now, we’re already in the process of finishing up songs for our next record.”

They haven’t started recording yet, nor are they ready to give themselves a hard deadline. But they do hope to have it out sometime next year. “We’ve got a lot of songs up to bat right now that we’re really excited about,” Smith continues.

Those songs can all wait, though, because what Smith and the Saints are most excited about at this particular moment is celebrating the fact that they’ve got the rest of this fine day off in their hometown — and they just happen to be at a pretty sweet festival packed with acts they’re all looking forward to catching. Bassist Satterwhite runs down a handful off the top of his head: Kacey Musgraves, Chris Stapleton, Nathaniel Rateliff, the Local Natives …

“James Hunter Six!” chimes in guitarist Allen enthusiastically. Smith nods and laughs, “Now, whether we make it to all those is another matter …”

They’ve yet to decide if they’ll be roaming the sprawling festival grounds as a group or taking the divide-and-conquer approach, but either way they’ll for damn sure all be catching the evening’s headliners, Mumford & Sons. Asked their thoughts on the phenomenally popular London folk-rock band’s somewhat controversial third album, 2015’s electrified and banjo-free Wilder Mind, the Saints unanimously assert their respect and approval. “It’s good to see that progression, especially as an artist,” offers Brown. “Because doing this, you understand that sometimes you want to change and progress, because you as a person are changing. And sometimes there’s backlash when you do that as an artist, but I think its awesome.”

Smith nods in agreement. “If you’re not taking a risk and broadening your horizon and opening up your sound, you’re probably going to end up stagnant,” he says.

Which of course begs the question: Are Shane Smith & the Saints ready to really shake things up with their own forthcoming third album?

“We need to add sitar,” says Brown. “And steel drums,” adds Stover. Smith laughs.

“We’re just trying to make something that we can all be proud of, even when we’re older,” he says. “We want to make music that we like, and if we like it a lot and fans are responding to it, I think we’re doing a good job. So … we’re just going to try to keep doing that.” - LoneStar Music Magazine

"Watch Marty Duda Interview Austin's Shane Smith"

It’s Day 3 at Austin City Limits and the first band up was Shane Smith & The Saints. It was shane-smiththe Austin-based band’s debut at ACL and they did it up in style. Smith’s songwriting has been compared to Bruce Springsteen while their music includes elements of cajun, celtic, zydeco and Appalachian folk along with good old rock & roll. The 13th Floor’s Marty Duda sat down and spoke with Shane Smith shortly after their ACL set. - The 13th Floor


Still working on that hot first release.



From opening a sold out show at the oldest dance hall in Texas, to singing on the top of a snow-covered mountain in Colorado, Shane Smith and The Saints have managed to cover serious ground in the Texas music front without an album to their name. After two years of hard work, the wait is finally over with the highly-anticipated release of the debut album "Coast".

After playing music throughout his adolescence, Smith decided to take the leap in 2010 and devote his life to music. Though never easy, Smith looks at the opportunity with nothing but humility and wide-eyed enthusiasm. “When I listen to songs from artists like Guy Clark, Hayes Carll and Adam Caroll, I’m reminded of how powerful music can be and the ways it can move people. I look at music as a never ending opportunity to truly impact a listener.” It is this unyielding passion and love of the open road that have provided Smith and The Saints with a deep seeded relentlessness to perform on as many stages as possible. “Music’s ability get through a day of work, relieve a tough time or even causing a person to dance for the first time in years, I think that is my favorite part about doing this… seeing a reaction from the song. I hope they find that in Coast.”

Almost all of the miles traveled have been spent with the passenger seat occupied by fiddle player and long-time friend, Bennett Brown. Accompanying Smith and Brown are Tim Allen on lead guitar, Jordan Rochefort on drums and Brian Wolfe on bass. The past few years of travel and camaraderie have helped the band develop the weathered grit sound of old roots rock and traditional country. Many different audiences have been able to kick up their heels to Smith and are now looking forward to hearing the band on the air.

The album’s music reflects relationships made on the road over the past years. Recorded and co-produced by Bob Gentry in the pines of east Texas, the debut album Coast features 13 tracks of powerful multi-part harmonies, in-your-face fiddle riffs and the driving rhythms that make roots music so unique. Coast features guest appearances from Aaron Watson and members of both The Trishas and The Turnpike Troubadours. 

Tracking the record was no easy task. Spanning a total of two years in and out of studios, all while juggling a 180 shows-per-year schedule; Smith has fought a very long fight to arrive at this debut. That effort along with the relationships made between the members of the band over the years are reflected in the debut single “Coast,” carrying their sound to Texas radio airwaves this summer.

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