Country music may not have seemed like the most obvious career path for a young boy growing up in South Yorkshire, but for singer songwriter Danny Smart, direction came in the form of Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton tunes blasting on his parents’ car stereo.
By 16, Danny was writing his own songs and starting down the road that would take him around the world, sharing stages with the likes of Old Crow Medicine Show’s Charlie Worsham and the UK’s own Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra. His original tunes nod to his deep respect for country music’s roots, layering Cash’s rakish storytelling with a bit of Brad Paisley’s effervescent charm. He’s country with the sort of distance-makes-you-fonder diligence that comes to those who fall in love with a genre from afar, and in the UK’s booming country music scene, he’s well poised to be a serious contender.
In the years since the release of his last single Go Go Go! in 2016, he’s been on the road collecting tales and techniques that will culminate in the release of internationally crafted new songs in 2020. Highlighted among them are the Blackbird Sessions, a collection of songs recorded at the iconic Blackbird Studio in Nashville, TN.