Songs and Stories #17: Texas Songwriters Part 1 – Darden Smith

Click to hear Episode #17 (time = 20:15, size = 23.8 mb)

The next few episodes of “Songs and Stories” will be interviews with three very different Texas songwriters. In a couple of weeks, we’ll be talking with Patrice Pike and Colin Gilmore. In this edition, we chat with Darden Smith.

Darden talks about the epiphany of discovering what a songwriter is – in his case, it was Neil Young’s “Harvest” and “After the Goldrush” albums, the differences between Texas, narrative-style songwriting (Guy Clark, Willie Nelson) versus the English pop songs (Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe) that are driven by a lyrical or musical hook, and the craft of writing songs (“you have to finish them….it’s like making furniture”).

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