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Halfway Home

by Misner & Smith

Just when you thought you'd heard all that the Americana/Folk revival could show you, Misner & Smith bring a freshness and lyrical vitality you won't find anywhere else, combining award-winning songwriting with and exceptional vocal blend.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Fall Away
3:17 $0.99
2. Halfway Home
3:30 $0.99
3. Keep In Time
4:00 $0.99
4. Henry & Lil
3:22 $0.99
5. Shadows of Embraces
4:49 $0.99
6. One Day
5:22 $0.99
7. Piccolo Pete
3:56 $0.99
8. In Life With Love
2:46 $0.99
9. Madeline (Paradise Cracked)
4:28 $0.99
10. Triangle Factory Fire
2:58 $0.99
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Album Notes
Misner & Smith’s music is a search for meaning. The songs yearn for connection, ache for understanding, relish in mystery, and rejoice in creation. In a world that often feels to be crumbling down around us, they dig deep, and find hope in simple things, in the beauty that surrounds us all.

Each song is a story, a journey, a place, a time, an experience. There is nothing general in the songwriting, nothing vague. The imagery is sharp, and the lyrics plumb the depths of emotions with an ease and honesty that is personal and at the same time universal. The music is filled with melodies and harmonies that at once sound familiar and new, matching the lyrics every step of the way. The voices lock in together, and without disappearing into each other, they soar with power.

Misner & Smith's music has never been easy to classify or pigeonhole into one genre or another. They’ve lived in between the lines for years. Halfway Home is their highly praised debut album containing the West Coast Songwriters Association's Song of the Year (2007), "Madeline (Paradise Cracked)".

It was an entirely different art form that brought these two together in the first place. Having separately studied and worked for years as actors in theaters around the country, they met for the first time at a Shakespeare festival in California in 2002. Though the seeds for their future collaboration may have been planted then—in an outdoor amphitheater surrounded by the poetry and prose of Shakespeare and Chekhov—it took two more years for the musical bond to be forged, when the two were cast in another show together in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California.

This time it wasn’t the spoken verse of the Bard that was at the center, but the verses penned by legendary American folksinger and songwriter, Woody Guthrie. Through several weeks of rehearsals, and an extended run of the play Woody Guthrie’s American Song, Sam and Megan discovered a mutual love of roots music, and in particular, harmony singing. With intricate, often 5-part vocal arrangements of Guthrie’s songs as the backbone of the show, the special blend that Misner & Smith have become known for became evident right away. Since then, the two have acted in the play over a hundred times around the country, including runs at venues such as Marin Theatre Company, The Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, The Colorado Shakespeare Festival, among others.

Balancing their lives as musicians and actors is no easy task—and often more like a juggling act. Yet storytelling is at the heart of both, and may well be the common thread running through all art. Inspired by both music and theater, their influences contain equal parts playwrights, songwriters, actors, and musicians.

Crafting songs rich in meaning and texture, Misner & Smith’s sound is anchored by their unique vocal harmonies and evocative lyrics. They tour extensively, both at home and abroad, and have just released their brand new album, Seven Hour Storm (2013), produced by Jeff Kazor of The Crooked Jades.

“Timeless sound with revitalized imagery...not to be missed.”
— Dejah Léger - Hearth Music

“Many listeners will feel their hearts have been found after discovering this promising duo.”
— Shauna C. Keddy, No Depression

“Their sound captures a distinctive singer-songwriter style, while adding harmonies and instruments...Their lyrics are creative and break out of the clichés that songwriting can fall into.”
— Zach Hudson, Victory Music

“With their top quality original songs, distinctive vocals and stage presence, they stand out from the pack.”
— Laura Bethel, Maverick Magazine (UK)

“Charming lyrics...are reminiscent of the young Paul Simon. And there’s something unmistakably Dylanesque in the talking blues of the title track. [Poor Player] ... Misner...is one of the most promising songwriters I’ve heard in quite some time.”
— Paul Liberatore, Marin Independent Journal

“Misner & Smith make a strong case for music with intricate simplicity and lyrical dignity. This duo is a treasure that needs to be shared.”
— Jose Segue, Hicks with Sticks

“When they perform together the harmonies are truly inspired.”
— Landon Christensen, The Davis Enterprise



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