Photo by John Kirchner
COMING IN SEPTEMBER:
RARE PERFORMANCES BY THE SMITH SISTERS!
"The Smith Sisters attracted attention when their debut album, Bluebird, released in 1984, was produced by the late Merle Watson and featured guest appearances by top-ranked bluegrass pickers including Sam Bush, Mark O'Connor, Doc Watson, and T. Michael Coleman. But it was their octave-spanning vocal harmonies that truly showcased their musical strengths... Debi Smith and her younger sister Megan reflected country warmth and harmonious texture as The Smith Sisters. Debi, who has been a member of Four Bitchin' Babes since 1994, is equally skilled at acoustic guitar, bodhran, and piano, possessor of a three-octave vocal range, and wrote many of the duo's songs. Megan anchored the arrangements on electric bass and sang harmonies that blended naturally with her sister. The Smith Sisters issued five albums in the '80s and '90s, the aforementioned Bluebird in 1984 followed by Mockingbird (1986), Roadrunner (1989), I See the Moon (1991), and A Canary's Song (1993)." (ALL MUSIC GUIDE)
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9/22/2016 The Birchmere 7:30 p.m. (3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA 22305, 703-549-7500
"A multi-instrumentalist with a three-octave vocal range, Debi Smith writes songs with the craftsmanship of an artisan and the insight of a poet” (All Music Guide). A member of the fabulous female folkestra The Four Bitchin' Babes since 1994, and half of the singing sister duo The Smith Sisters, Debi has recorded over twenty albums and compilations. Her solo recordings and songs have garnered numerous Washington Area Music Awards (Wammies), ASCAP composer awards, American Library Awards, and a Grammy® nomination. Debi recently released her sixth solo CD, Hits and Holidays, with tracks featuring such musical greats as Doc Watson, Tom Paxton, Mike Auldridge, Marcy Marxer, and Al Petteway; and her seventh CD, a holiday recording with orchestra called If I Were an Angel. The Smith Sisters' four recordings feature musical legends Doc and Merle Watson (who produced their CD's), Mark O'Connor and Sam Bush.
In the fall of 2014, Debi released her seventh solo album called If I Were An Angel, a holiday collection of self-penned and traditional tune. It is her first orchestral recording and was selected as one of the best holiday CDs of 2014 by The Washington Times. Teaming up with renowned arranger James Kessler (whose credits include the National, London, and Chicago Symphonies, Boston Pops, Reba, B.B. King, and Renee Fleming) Debi's new holiday songs feel as warm and familiar as the stockings we hang by the chimney.
Debi's songs, vocals, and musicianship also appear on other artists' recordings, including Tom Paxton's Grammy-nominated Looking For The Moon, Ken Burn's PBS documentaries, The National Parks and The Roosevelts (with Al Petteway), Christine Lavin-produced compilations, and the National Men's Chorus of Washington. She has appeared at theatres and festivals across North America, and on such radio and television programs as Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion, NPR's All Things Considered (with Susan Stamberg and Noah Adams), Mountain Stage, Radio Smithsonian, Voice of America, and CBS Sunday Morning. Debi recently co-edited and published a book, Look Up at the Hawks, a collection of writings by her Nebraskan grandmother, Ruth Morgan Smith, about farm life on the great plains during the 30's and 40's. Debi lives in the Washington, D.C. area with her husband and son.
Debi's song, "Italy and France"
Debi's song, "Pass it On"
Debi and Tom Paxton sing their song, Marry Me Again
c 2001 Degan Music/Pax Music ASCAP