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MP3 Shevy Smith - Blueprint

Young, free-wheeling attitude coupled with lyrical substance, make Blueprint a scrapbook of your college days. Drawing upon influences like Sheryl Crow and Tom Petty, Shevy''s tunes take you back in time and make you smile at the crazy little journey call

10 MP3 Songs
COUNTRY: Country Rock, ROCK: Roots Rock

Shevy Smith

I arrived on the 16th day of February in 1983.

I grew up on a small farm in central Kansas. It was the type of place where boys still drive souped-up muscle cars, and Saturday nights consist of parties around a bonfire.

At the age of four, I began playing the piano and picked up guitar when I was thirteen. I write on both instruments -- and on airplanes, road trips, and Taco Bell napkins…

The need to connect with others is definitely the motivation behind why I play. Call me idealistic, but I truly believe that music is the catalyst for happiness and understanding in most of our lives. It helps us sort through our thoughts. If I can offer that sense of clarity to a listener through a song, then I feel somewhat worthwhile and useful.

Most of my songs are very much based upon first hand experience. I find it sort of difficult to write an impersonal song that evokes any kind of emotion. I am completely enamored by imagery, so I tend to spend a lot of time trying to paint an accurate landscape, or picture, for the listener. The story line in a song is much like a little movie to me. If I am writing about a boy in a beat-up four-wheel drive, I could also tell you what color his eyes are, if he burns or tans in the sun , and that he won the jump-roping competition in the third grade. Fleshing out characters that are only just a shade away from being real is the basis for an interesting story and helps lead a song in to honest territory.

A Bit More About Shevy Smith…

Make Me Go Ooooh…the sound of engines without mufflers…anything peach-flavored

Make a Song Great…simplicity and believability

Turn My Head…a guy wearing a white baseball cap…any guitar that Gibson makes (a white-capped guy holding a Gibson guitar sends me over the edge!)

Energize Me…running…water-skiing…college football games (Go Cats!)

Relax Me…Vivienne, my yellow lab… being by (or in) the water

Terrify Me…snakes of any kind…my toes being caught for a long period of time in uncomfortable shoes (I have very claustrophobic feet)

Invigorate Me…the lake at six in the morning when the sun is rising and the water is glass

Make Me Think of Home…large skies…strawberry pies…weekends when I am in an unfamiliar city knowing that the rest of my family is having a soul-food Sunday dinner at my Grandparents’ house

Give Me A Rush…insanely large groups of people gathering for events like concerts and football games…

Make Me Cry…when someone knows the words to a song that I’ve written…dental work

I Would Never Tell My Grandparents…the disconcerting things I’ve seen women do for a backstage pass!

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