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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."

Dec 23

Shane Smith & The Saints

Austin Meade

Goes Great With: American Aquarium, Local Natives, Hayes Carll, Band of Horses

Eclectic Texas country layered with hints of folk, rock, and Americana for a gritty, rootsy sound that connects with fans all over the map through incendiary live performances.

**Please call 214.824.9933 to inquire about Drink Packages**

This show is standing room ONLY. 

Doors 8:00 pm
Show 9:00 pm