Singer/songwriter, Rett Smith has been in my peripheral vision for sometime. I have seen posters for him and gotten online notices of his shows at the Viper Room and the House of Blues, but although I was intrigued and really liked the cuts I heard, there was always something else going on. So I was delighted when my friend Sera Roadnight sent me his songs and links and said I should have him on the show. Sera is one of those poeple who is always right, so I reached out and here we are. Not only do we get to play the music of a great talent, but he has a great story to tell, always plus on radio.
Born in the dry lands of West Texas and raised in the mountains of New Mexico, his early influences range from classic rock and country, including outlaw staples such as Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings. He picked up those influences driving to ski slopes with his dad in his constant practice to become, as he did, a world class skier. He moved from New Mexico to Austria to train for and join the Junior Olympic ski team, where he took a constant stream of medals. But after moving back to Vail, Colorado, to continue his ski career, it wasn't meant to be. A catastrophic accident and injury - his second while a competitive skier - made him take a look at his life. The second injury pulled him away from being one of the world's best Junior Olympic skiers and moved him back to his real love, music.
After settling down in Los Angeles to focus on his music, Rett played sold out shows across the city from The House of Blues Foundation Room to Molly Malone’s, until he caught the attention of 9 time Grammy Winner Joe Nicolo (The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan). The two began work on his debut album, now in production. "I Swear" is the first single from the upcoming album has been released and it is a killer. We talk with him this week about his career, his album and working with Nicolo.