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by Smithfield Fair

Southern Americana, roots-oriented folk awash with blues, jazz, gospel undertones served up in songs of life in the mysterious and idiosyncratic Deep South.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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1. Jerry Lee Lewis All Night
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2. Waiting On the River
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3. The Promised Land
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4. To Louisiana
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5. Over 'cross the Mountain
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6. O, Those Nights
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7. I Can Come Home
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8. In a Moment's Notice
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9. Let Me Go
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10. Fishlips
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11. Cuckoo
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12. Housepaintin' Blues
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13. Sweet Eyes, Sweet Dreams
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14. (I Guess) I Should've Known
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15. You Never Know
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16. Still My Soul
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17. From the Cradle to the Grave
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18. Me and All These Other Cats
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19. Mother's Heroes
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20. Hard Times Come Again No More
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
After 41 years of performing and recording, internationally respected Smithfield Fair comes full circle to its Louisiana folk-pop roots with elements of blues, gospel and jazz in songs that highlight the group's 'blood harmonies'. With three brothers and one wife, the group has earned a place as a distinctly original songwriting and performance entity with its passionate and uniquely familiar presentation. With a reputation that includes Celtic to pop genres, the trio of Bob, Jan & Dudley-Brian Smith are rejoined by brother and former member Joel Smith for a look back and forward to remind listeners of their dedication to a special and enigmatic vision of their own music. Long before the term Americana was coined, Smithfield Fair was criss-crossing the country delivering its roots driven music with wit and charm.

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Dan Willging, Offbeat Magazine

Most enjoyable the group has ever waxed
Over the course of 41 years as Charmer and its successor Smithfield Fair, the Brothers Smith (Dudley-Brian, Bob and Joel) have not always had the luxury of performing together at the same time. Six tracks (here) find all the Smiths (plus Dudley-Brian’s wife Jan) making new music together, which is among the most enjoyable stuff this group has ever waxed. Stephen Foster’s “Hard Time Come Again No More,” offers breathtaking, resounding harmonies, as if it were a centuries-old Scottish ballad, not something by a 19th-century American songwriter. With these performances, the thought of a full–length brother (plus one) album with new material sounds appealing. The other 14 tracks here hail from the Charmer era but were never released on CD after its vinyl-and-cassette heyday. Though it all feels like Charmer/Smithfield Fair-style folk, some tracks literally surprise, such as Jan’s “Cuckoo,” with its show tune flair, and “Fishlips,” featuring Dudley-Brian’s killer slide-guitar groove. The mastering blends the old and the new so well that it’s relatively seamless, especially considering that these tracks span 33 years.
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