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Singer Songwriter Darden Smith Brings His Ambitious New Project To Club Passim

Open and empty. That's how Darden Smith describes the west Texas landscape that inspired his wildly creative new multi-media project, Western Skies.

Singer Songwriter Darden Smith Brings His Ambitious New Project To Club Passim

Acclaimed singer songwriter Darden Smith is set to perform music from his new multi-media project "Western Skies" at Club Passim on Friday, July 15. This will be Smtih's only performance in New England on the "Western Skies'' tour and one of only 5 shows east of the Mississippi River. Tickets for Darden Smith at Club Passim are on sale now at passim.org.

Open and empty. That's how Darden Smith describes the west Texas landscape that inspired his wildly creative new multi-media project, Western Skies. Comprising a new studio record, a book of photography, lyrics, and essays, and an accompanying album of readings set to music, the collection is an immersive journey through a world both real and imagined, a place of mystery and mythology, possibility and longing.

Like his photographs, Smith's writing is steeped in isolation, though rarely lonely; timeless, yet acutely aware of the hours and minutes whizzing by like mileposts on the highway. The songs on Western Skies are spare and deliberate, often marked by a distinct sense of motion and transience, and the performances are similarly raw and intimate, reflecting the desolate beauty of the region that so captured Smith's imagination as he crisscrossed it time and again throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over the course of his remarkable three-and-a-half decade career, Smith has released 15 critically lauded studio albums, landed singles on both the country and pop charts (including the Top 10 hit "Loving Arms"), penned a symphony, scored works for theater and dance, published a widely celebrated book on creativity, exhibited works of visual art, and co-founded the non-profit Songwriting With Soldiers program, which pairs veterans with musicians in order to tap into the transformational possibilities of collaborative songwriting.

During the pandemic, the Austin-based artist also helped launch Frontline Songs, which connected musicians and healthcare workers to support them in telling their stories and healing their trauma with Boston based physician Ron Hirschberg

The Daily News hailed Smith as "one of the most respected American musicians working today," while the Austin Chronicle dubbed him a "master song craftsman," and AllMusic called him "a singer-songwriter blessed with an uncommon degree of intelligence, depth, and compassion."

Darden Smith will perform live at Club Passim July 15, 2022, at 8:00 PM. Doors will open at 7:00 PM. Tickets are on sale now for $22 and can be purchased at passim.org.

All guests at Club Passim must show proof of vaccination before every show. These policies are subject to change. For updates please visit passim.org.

The mission of Passim is to provide truly exceptional and interactive live musical experiences for both performers and audiences, to nurture artists at all stages of their career, and to build a vibrant music community. Passim does so through their legendary listening venue, music school, artist grants and outreach programs. As a nonprofit since 1994, Passim carries on the heritage of its predecessors-the historic Club 47 (1958-1968) and for-profit Passim (1969-1994). We cultivate a diverse mix of musical traditions, where the emphasis is on the relationship between performers and audience and teachers and students. Located in Harvard Square, Passim serves Cambridge and the broader region by featuring local, national and International Artists. Our ultimate goal is to help the performance arts flourish and thereby enrich the lives of members of our community. For a complete schedule, visit www.passim.org.




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