Our guests today are Shane Smith and the Saints, one of the most talented, up-and-coming bands in the Texas scene. They’re not exactly straight ahead country or Red dirt. They blend a lot of different musical styles and even some world music into their sound. One description I’ve heard is Bruce Springsteen meets Mumford and Sons, but I’ll leave it up to you to make a comparison. They’ve also developed powerful four-part harmonies reminiscent of the Eagles, but with more huevos.
My co-host, Kurt Lammers, also used to play drums with Shane and the Saints when they were just getting going here in Austin, Texas. They hadn’t seen each other in a while, so it was fun to hear them catch-up and tell some stories about those times. I think you’ll enjoy it too.
I really think the X-factor for most bands in this scene is their willingness to go the extra mile and put in more work than the next band. Shane Smith and the Saints work their asses off, and it’s starting to pay off. On Sunday, they’ll make their debut at Austin City Limits Music Festival here in the Capital City. That’s a huge accomplishment for a band, and it’s that much sweeter if you’re a group from Austin. If you’re in ATX for weekend one, go see them. You’ll be glad you did.
Shane and fiddle player Bennett Brown perform a couple songs off the latest record, Geronimo. We also make them our guinea pigs for 20 Questions, a speed round of random questions. Listen for that towards the end of our chat just before the performances.
To purchase their recent album, Geronimo, click here.
To view a list of their upcoming tour dates, click here.