I think it is safe to say that most artists want to make music that inspires their listeners and helps them leave their own unique mark on their genre of choice. There are many artists out there that utilize the same recipe that other artists use and far too often it results in getting lost in the mayhem. When a band comes along and takes that recipe and adds their own ingredients and makes something different, it can lead to something special. Shane Smith and the Saints has figured it out and is now reaping some serious attention.
I heard their song, “Runaway Train” last year and instantly acknowledged these guys are something special. They make music that is recognizable and exclusive to them. Over time, many artists find a sound that a good ear can decipher from their music. There might be that trademark riff, or sound of a recurring instrument throughout much of their music. This talented group has fiddle highlighting so many of their tunes and it is well received. I LOVE Fiddle and it doesn’t have to be slow and boring all the time. It’s an instrument that is versatile in how it’s delivered. A slower song like “What a Shame” off their 2015 album, “Geronimo” allows you to hear how this instrument can play to the mood of the song. Towards the end of the song, the fiddle becomes brighter as the song builds and it’s the attention to detail here that makes the entire ensemble that much more impressive.
One of their most impressive songs is “All I See is You” where the boys bring an upbeat style that is pretty amazing. The irony to this song is the origin, which was a love song for his wife. In an interview with TheBoot.com, Shane mentioned that it was surprising how women would sing along and use the lyrics in their social media posts.
Not everyone would agree with me on this … but for me, I wrote the song for her,” he continues, “and so I definitely can see where that becomes a strange thing when other people are singing the lyrics at shows and you’re there and aware that the song is written for you.
I had the pleasure of hearing a little interview on 95.9 The Ranch a few months back and really got to hear them “sing live” for the first time. Being so far away from many of these bands prevents me from hearing them actually perform. In this interview they discussed their surprise at the band’s popularity taking off so quickly. I was amazed once they started performing one of their songs. I can honestly say that they sounded like their recordings. That’s how real these guys are. When you can play in a studio for a radio station and sound that close to your actual professional recordings, that’s just unbelievable. I’ve noticed that many Texas based bands are able to do this and that shows the immense talent that lives hidden beneath mainstream country airwaves.
With recent trips to New York City and Nashville, the spotlights are turning towards this talented five piece group, and it’s well deserved. I would recommend you introduce yourself to Shane Smith and the Saints by listening to the previously mentioned songs, but also a few others:
“Work was Through - featuring Aaron Watson”
“Dance the Night Away”
“Lord Bury Me in Texas”
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