Smith, Striking Matches debut
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
– Canaan Smith finally releases something more than a single today as he releases a self-titled five-song EP. Smith realized his first single, "We Got Us," in 2012 and last years made the top 30 with "Love You Like That."
Striking Matches, a duo consisting of Sarah Zimmermann and Justin Davis, release their debut, "Nothing But the Silence," on IRS Nashville. The two met at Nashville's Belmont University in 2007. The disc covers country, blues and rock with both taking lead vocals and sometimes exchanging lead vocals in a song. T Bone Burnett produced the 11 songs.
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Canaan Smith closes his new album with the title track, a tribute to his brother who recently passed away in a car crash. Smith sings its words over a hushed, reverent musical backing as the song's words seemingly praise the vehicle, rather than dwelling too much on the gory details of Nathaniel's death. But once Smith sings, "It was a hell of a ride," you realize immediately he's singing about his beloved brother, not merely a motor vehicle. It's the kind of strong ...
Virginia-native, Belmont educated, Canaan Smith was deemed as "One to Watch in 2012" after his debut single "We Got Us" charted that year. Still, it was nearly three years before his next single "Love You Like That" dropped this past summer. With more than 200,000 downloads, it went number 1 on Sirius XM, but fans have been forced to wait until now for an EP release.
The lead off, "Love You Like That" is a tale of a self-proclaimed "nitty-gritty ...