With a more refined and deepened sense of pop, this new offering . . . is evidence of the group’s ongoing and exciting evolution.
The two-member Smooth Hound Smith delivers a roomful of roadhouse rock.
Dustbowl Revival has always been about pushing the boundaries of what American roots music can be. After celebrating over a decade of sonic adventuring and playing thousands of shows together in ten countries and counting, the group has collected a devoted fanbase coast-to-coast. The always-evolving group of string and brass players led by founding members Z. Lupetin, Josh Heffernan, and Ulf Bjorlin are excited to welcome a new wave of talent to the band, after emerging from a pandemic touring hiatus.
2020’s ambitious full-length album Is It You, Is It Me mined new energetic material from the place where folk and funk music meet and represents the latest stage in a band that never stops exploring new sounds. While longtime co-lead Liz Beebe has stepped away from the band, an amazing young talent, Lashon Halley, has stepped in to bring new life to the songs, matching Lupetin’s intense vocal range with her own.
The story of Smooth Hound Smith begins in Southern California. It winds from there through countless club gigs to East Nashville, big-time arena shows opening for the Dixie Chicks, and finally to a third album, on which the seeds planted by experience blossom. 2019’s Dog in a Manger, from husband-and-wife duo Zack Smith and Caitlin Doyle-Smith, brings their unique vocal blend and ability to coax compelling music from minimal instrumentation to a higher level of expression.