Some do it for the money, some do it for the promise of fame, and some do it just to surprise those who said they couldn't. Once in a while you come across someone who does it simply for the music. T.C. Smythe loves the music. She loves being around great pickers and surrounding herself with the best. She's busy building real friendships in the music, instead of just a meaningless list of acquaintances. Now T.C. Smythe has released "...AND THEN SOME" on White Cat Records. This disc reads like a Houston 'Who's Who' of dedicated writers and pickers. Let's get to the list. First the talented writers: Larry Louis Moon, a Houston main-stay with a great level of dedication to the music, and a great muse who treats him well; Gary Taylor, who partners with T.C. Smythe to make great music; Melissa Adams, a folk music hero to all who know her; Ken Gaines, one of the most emotional writers I know, capable of getting tears from linebackers, and loud laughs from librarians; Tim Walker and April Kelly, a Houston team that should write more together, but even separately they are treasures; Jack Saunders, the long-time partner of Shake Russell, Jack keeps finding a way to put life into song; Joe Kirkpatrick, one of the best at seeing the lighter side of things; Gerald Bates, who has serious mental issues... just ask him, he'll tell you... but a fabulous writer anyway; T. Chris Stiteler, who co-writes on one cut; Anonymous, one of the oldest writers around; and T.C. Smythe, who by the way writes a heck of a song. As for the pickers, any musician would love to be on this list, or be backed by this group of talent. Here they are: Jack Saunders, Patrick Brennan, Bill Rowe, Rick Richards, Don Richmond, Rick Poss, Ken Gaines, Riley Osborne, Joe Kirkpatrick, and T.C. Smythe….whew! The songs are great, the orchestration is perfect, that's a given, but two things make this more than just a collection of great talent. First, T.C.'s voice is soothing and flawless, dancing and swirling through each cut with a Ginger Rogers-type grace. This is her best work. Second, the glue that holds it together is the masterful production by Jack Saunders. Turning out a great project rests on the shoulders of the producer regardless of the quality of the music, and Jack has captured T.C. Smythe's music expertly, making this a must-buy for Texas music fans. Get it today for $13.99!
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"Real Men" from ...And Then Some
"Come On Over" from ...And Then Some
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