One Track Mind: Darden Smith, “Seven Wonders” from Love Calling (2013)

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Darden Smith returns with a quietly introspective love song — one that offers as many ruminative questions about the mysteries of passion as it does celebrations of how these things somehow work out anyway.

“Seven Wonders,” co-written with Harley Allen, is part of what will be Darden’s 14th album, going back to 1986’s Native Soil. The Austin singer-songwriter releases Love Calling on August 27, 2013 through Compass Records. Gary Paczosa and John Randall Stewart co-produced.

This new project, Smith’s first in three years, was also his first to be recorded in Nashville — yet, as “Seven Wonders” illustrates, he hasn’t strayed from the country-folk sound that helped propel him from the Texas hill country onto the national stage via a deal with Epic.

If Love Calling sounds like it’s going to have a lot in common with Native Soil, then that’s probably a tribute to the deep musical roots that support these songs. Smith has known bassist Michael Rhodes for nearly 25 years; he’s known Stewart since 1989.

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Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso has written for USA Today, American Songwriter, All About Jazz, and a host of others. Honored as columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association, he oversaw a daily section named Top 10 in the U.S. by the AP before co-founding Something Else! Nick is now associate editor of Ultimate Classic Rock.
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