Darren Smith "Last Drive" (Crafty Records, April6) (lead singer of Straw Dogs)

Of course there are just some bands I’ve missed out on and I’m just never going to make a connection with. Seattle’s roots rockers Straw Dogs is a perfect example. I’ve heard rumblings but never come across their music. It’s too late for me to catch up with Straw Dogs but it’s not too late for frontman’s Darren Smith’s latest solo release Last Drive (Crafty Records, April 6, 2006)

The sound is pure americana with pedal steel, mandolin, accordian and dobro. Darren’s voice and the way he structures his songs reminds me of recent stuff from Slaid Cleaves. It’s tasteful and every element from the instrumentation to the backing vocals are just perfect. Buy it here now.

Dogtown MinesLast Drive [Download]

Bonus song from Straw Dogs 2005 release Tell The Rising Sun

That One [Download]


One Response to “Darren Smith "Last Drive" (Crafty Records, April6) (lead singer of Straw Dogs)”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Darren Smith’s CD Last Drive is the the type of CD you put in your car and it never leaves the player. The lyrics are amazing and the voice is haunting.