Shane Smith & The Saints
Grady Hoss & the Sidewinders
1100 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Shane Smith & The Saints
Play just the first 10 seconds of "The Mountain," which opens Geronimo, the latest and most ambitious release from Shane Smith & The Saints.Robust a cappella, four-part harmonies set the stage for a saga of family tragedy, a young son's revenge and a blaze burning eternally in a Pennsylvania mine. The vivid lyrics, powerful vocals and thumping four-beat drums throughout this song are reason enough for lovers of creative roots music to celebrate.From their home base in Austin through performances across the country (17 states) and abroad (Ireland), these five gentlemen have not just stuck stubbornly to their musical and lyrical convictions. They've defied audience expectations by delivering incendiary shows, each one ignited by the band's ability to unleash, feed from and feed back the energy of the crowd -- in spite of the fact that they don't fit easily into any musical category.With Geronimo, they've dared themselves to exceed their own expectations.Each song begins with Smith creating its "bones," in the form of chords and lyrics. He then joins fiddler Bennett Brown, lead guitarist Tim Allen, bassist Chase Satterwhite and drummer Zack Stover to bring those bones to life. Aside from a bit of cello, some horns and a few keyboard parts, the band lays down each note on Geronimo. Their ability to bring songs to life has even earned them opportunities to record instrumental tracks for other artists.Smith's ability to draw images from everyday life into poetry goes back to his earliest days in Terrell, Texas, an hour east of Dallas."There was an old Catholic church right next to our house," he recalls. "To this day, I remember those church bells ringing. In fact, I use that reference in a song from Geronimo called 'Suzannah,' which is about a guy who's fighting a war and is thinking of his hometown -- and he also remembers being raised with a church bell ringing on the hour every day."Before he ever thought of himself as a songwriter, Smith was concerned mainly with tennis. He played for the formidable program at Tyler Junior College before transferring to St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas. Smith soon began getting into music as well, playing solo gigs in local bars. And he began writing, inspired by looking at life as it played out around him.
"I'd be in a restaurant and overhear someone saying something, and I'll have to excuse myself, walk outside and write a note to myself about it," he says. "These days, I make little iPhone recordings. The other day I made one about this homeless guy I saw by the side of the road out in the middle of nowhere. He was dirty and worn out but he was picking these gorgeous flowers. I constantly see moments and images and statements, put them in the bank and have them there to reflect on and make into honest lyrics down the road."Even when he writes a love song, Smith almost can't help but turn the mundane into something transcendent. On Geronimo, he does this with "All I See Is You": "The storm's running through the Midwest like a bandit on the loose. / All the clouds are black as night and all I see is you. / The rain's pouring through the window panes and the cracks of this roof. / Tea's boiling from the spout of the pot, but all I see is you."Recorded and self-produced while on the road throughout Austin, Dallas and Nashville, Geronimo weaves these images into story lines, each enhancing the other, together coming alive. "I love trying to tell stories through songs," Smith observes. "There's something that fascinates me about echoing old tales in songs to carry them on for years and years, like old folk songs."And so we travel with a newly freed slave in the nineteenth century, hearing the music and feeling the exuberance of dancing in Congo Square on "New Orleans." We feel the rueful reflection from a sinner who "spent time on the wrong side of the church door" on "Right Side of the Ground." We stand shoulder to shoulder with the Alamo's doomed heroes as their final seconds near on "Crockett's Prayer." And the title track serves a dual purpose, taking us to a heroic time and place while making a broader statement about this project.“On one end, it is an attempt to pay tribute to the life of Geronimo, the Apache warrior,” says Smith. “I've always been fascinated by Geronimo and the principles he stood for. This also presented the perfect opportunity to relate the term 'Geronimo' with our intensions of this album and the 'jumping from a cliff' idea that it symbolizes. If we are going to attempt a career in music, this album is our commitment to give it everything we've got.”“Our goal with this album was never to put out a bunch of catchy singles and be all over the radio,” explains Smith. “It was to set us apart, with meaningful lyrics, huge harmonies and the sound of a hard-working band that has played some crappy gigs and come out stronger for it. We always had the options to either make a 'safe' record or put something out that sounds like us and no one else.” "We took that second option and named it Geronimo."
Grady Hoss & the Sidewinders
After a long hiatus from writing and performing music Singer/Songwriter/Producer/Artist Lance Davis (GRADY HOSS, LATEBLOOM, Shelton Davis, For Souls on Fire) decided in 2012 to start revisiting some classic country music as a way to connect with his then 81 year old father (rest in peace) who had been struggling with the mind crippling disease... Alzheimers.
As a kid Lance grew up in the country primarily listening to Heavy Metal/rock/alt music but always heard the sounds of Waylon, Willie, Cash, George and Emmy Lou coming from his parents car radios, home stereos or on a small radio on the back porch. After a several year hiatus from writing he started writing again in the winter of 2013/2014 after he ended a long term relationship and bought an old vintage arch top guitar. He had no intentions but to just simply write from a therapeutic standpoint. "I learned so much about myself from writing these country songs. One major thing I learned was how effortless it was for these songs to come out of me. It made me realize how ingrained this music is in my veins. This isn't to say I'll always write country music but it's just liberating to discover this at this point in my life." Finally a couple of buddies (which eventually became his band) convinced him to get in the studio and record the songs. Since this was all a tribute to his father (a Johnny Cash era southern military man from North Carolina) he remembered stories involving his dad's childhood friends in which all had classic, traditional, old fashioned southern names like Zeb Limeberry and Mutt Pondexter. "I always took notice of the old Nashville session players/artists that had fantastic NAMES like Buddy Emmons, Buck Owens and Floyd Tillman. They all sounded so classic and riddled with character. So when the band came together I demanded 2 things from everyone 1. KEEP IT FUN and 2. Everyone needs a classic country nickname that we all must refer to each other by...a stage name if you will. So I introduce you to the band:
Bucky Vennerson (Vince Federici): guitar
Dusty Reign (Dan O'neil): bass
Earl Smokesman (Charlie Heim): drums.
Jebediah Barnswallow (Dave Van Allen): Pedal Steel guitar
The name GRADY HOSS AND THE SIDEWINDERS was also inspired by his dad. "Grady" is his dad's middle name. "Hoss" is an old school southern term of endearment used in a similar fashion as "bro". "When I was a kid my father's friends including my favorite Uncle Pete (my mom's brother), used to call him "Hoss"...I used to get the biggest kick out of it! The band's name "The Sidewinders" comes from my dad's CB handle in the 70's back when he had his 1972 GMC pickup truck. He also had an airbrushed logo on the side of the truck that was a Texas rattlesnake with a cowboy hat...The Sidewinder.