For some creatives, dropping new tune is their sole bread and butter. For others, it’s just one more “could do” option within an already-busy schedule. But speaking to the latter, those folks who juggle a handful of demanding passions surely do deserve some leniency when it comes to big breaks between formal music releases.
Take a gander at Kirk Smith. Aside from his singer-songwriter status, Smith spends his time with sandlot baseball, remodeling houses, raising a family, instructing Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and oh yeah, being a published poet-playwright. Safe to say we can cut Kirk some slack for the decade-and-a-half interval between his 2003 debut Suddenly Bright Out and the singles that would go onto become his sophomore full-length Ithaca. That said, the record’s a true return to form, a compelling comeback for someone who clearly gives a crap about this craft, fifteen-year hiatus aside.
After Ithaca‘s arrival this past June, Kirk Smith has been wading back into the live scene and gigging when he can. So before you catch Kirk at ABGB just before Christmas, consider seeing a full band performance 7:30PM tomorrow night at Meanwhile Brewing Co. alongside Nathan Hamilton. After all, with offbeat originals that champion carefully-constrained dynamics like “This Debt”, you owe it Smith to show out and show some local love.