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Love Calling (Deluxe Edition)

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Songwriting is at the heart of everything that Texas-born Americana singer-songwriter Darden Smith does and his Compass debut LOVE CALLING is perhaps the finest example of his craft since his hit album Little Victories in 1993. The new album, recorded in Nashville and produced by Gary Paczosa and Jon Randall Stewart, features 11 new songs including the already critically acclaimed 'Angel Flight,' a co-write with Radney Foster plus two bonus tracks recorded live at SIRIUS XM. Recently featured as a TEDxAustin speaker, Darden's creativity reaches in many directions. He is an artist-in-residence at Oklahoma State University, as well as the founder of SongwritingWith:Soldiers and The Be An Artist Program, which use collaborative songwriting to help people tell their stories, and transform their lives through creativity.


This Deluxe Edition includes two bonus tracks:

I Say A Little Prayer Live from SiriusXM Coffee House (Bonus Track)

Love Calling Live from SiriusXM Coffee House (Bonus Track)

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Blessed with a seemingly effortless melodic gift and one of the warmest, most penetrating vocal deliveries in American music. --No Depression
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 30, 2013)
  • deluxe_edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B00D9FOUF4
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,669 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A stunningly beautiful album, "Love Calling" is easily Smith's best effort in years. Although Smith has always been a songwriter's songwriter, Love Calling presents a mature artist at his peak both as a writer and a performer. Whether writing on his own("Love Calling" and "Distracted") or with other master songwriters such as Radney Foster ("Angel Flight" and "Mine Till Morning") or the late Harley Allen ("Seven Wonders") these songs reveal Smith's artistry at its best - ant that's saying something! The surprising inclusion of his cover of the Bacharach & David classic "Say A Little Prayer" (which appears only on the deluxe edition) sounds like it could just as well have been penned by Smith himself. However, inexplicably and unlike Bacharach & David, Foster, and Allen, Smith's songs are virtually never covered by other artists. If there is any musical justice in this world, the songs on this album will change that.
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What a fantastic CD full of incredible imagery and fantastic music. I have been a big fan of Darden Smith for about 18 years now. This could be my favorite CD he has put out. There are so many that I love ( Circo and Sunflower) are two favorites. This CD takes the listener on a very personal journey of love lost and love regained, and the very power of love that's provides rebirth to one's soul. As a guitar player, I am amazed at some of Mr. Smith's creative use of chord changes, leaving standard chord arrangements for untraditional modes. With his lyrics, I love the pictures he paints for the listener. Many of these songs tear at one's heart. I believe that most anyone will relate to the lyrics in this beautiful collection of songs. I also love that he has Shawn Colvin singing background vocals on perhaps 2 or 3 songs. Anyone familiar with her music will know how her vocals fit so well with his. I also love that he has included a good dose of pedal steel in some of the songs. It lends a lovely spacious sound to the music. Three particularly beautiful songs are done in finger style guitar, and they are," Mine Till Morning", "Favorite Way", and "Reason To Live". Between the beauty of this music, and the great lyrics, I very much am overwhelmed by these songs. On "I smell Smoke", Mr. Smith comes up with the most clever lyrics I have ever heard. It is a great song about deception in a relationship. If you get the Deluxe edition, you get a cool surprise. Mr. Smith sings an old classic "Bacharach/David" song (I say a little prayer). He does a very cool arrangement of this song. I actually enjoy it, which is strange, as I have never enjoyed that song much.Read more ›
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As others, I have been a fan of Darden Smith for a number of years. Many of Smith's songs throughout his career provide intimate portraits of life and family. These portraits are not always the rosy, happy-ending kind. The opening track, "Angel Flight," is no stranger to those familiar with the artist's projects. While it had previously been recorded by Radney Foster with Darius Rucker on backing vocals, I had grown accustomed to hearing Darden Smith's version thanks to his TedX presentation. Overall, the songwriting and sound seem very stripped down and sound like tunes that could have fit on his "Native Soil" or "Trouble No More" collections. After only a few listens, I don't think there are any tracks on "Love Calling" that are throwaways at all. "Distracted" has a really nice, personal feel to it. "Medicine Wheel" is another one of those great "story" songs. The stories and relationships depicted in the songs here are just represented with such an honesty, believable, livable, some pained, some delightful. From beginning to end, the entirety of "Love Calling" is a very fine and complete piece of work.
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I found Darden Smith's music while I was a radio announcer and program director in the early 1990s. He really knows how to write a great song that draws you in with excellent playing, melody, harmony and structure. Then as you enjoy the music, you listen to the words and get further hooked. Intelligent, fun, funny, and thoughtful.

I've bought everything he's ever recorded and his songs are constantly in rotation on my iPod and iTunes. When a new collection of Darden Smith tunes becomes available (too infrequently, I might add), I order it and invariably enjoy it. So, I ordered Love Calling a few weeks ago and received my autographed copy in the mail and popped it into my laptop and am listening to it for the third time already. Beautiful songs, great music. My favorites so far are: "Seven Wonders," "Better Now," and "Medicine Wheel."

I never get tired of Darden Smith's music. His work with soldiers and veterans and with kids in the "Be An Artist" program is inspiring.
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I discovered Darden Smith when Loving Arms was playing on the radio. I had just moved to Austin in 1992. I bought the CD before I realized he was local. That CD was on repeat for I can't tell you how long. Over the years we've seen him play many times. Web even did a couple of out of town venues, and special trips. Each time he plays,he pulls the audience in and makes them all feel like they are his friends. His new CD, Love calling, will be added to my collection very soon. I'm waiting to buy it in person so I can get him to autograph it for me, as he has so many others. He's amazing!
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