Shane Smith and the Saints have covered some serious ground in the Texas music scene. And they don’t even have an album under their belt. From opening a sold-out show at the oldest dance hall in Texas to singing on top of a snow-covered mountain in Colorado, they’ve put in two years of long nights and hard work, culminating in the release of their highly anticipated first album, Coast.
Music is in Shane Smith’s soul. Always has been. In 2010, he took a leap and decided to devote his life to music. Though never easy, Smith looks at the opportunity with nothing but humility and wide-eyed enthusiasm. “When I listen to songs from artists like Guy Clark, Hayes Carll and Adam Carroll, I’m reminded of how powerful music can be and the ways it can move people. I look at music as a never-ending opportunity to truly impact a listener.” Smith’s unyielding passion for music and his love of the open road have provided he and The Saints with a deep-seated relentlessness to perform on as many stages as possible. “Music’s ability get people through a day of work, relieve a tough time or even cause a person to dance for the first time in years, that’s my favorite part about doing this…seeing fans react to the song. I hope they find that in Coast.”
The album’s music reflects relationships made on the road over the past years. Recorded and co-produced by Bob Gentry in the pines of East Texas, Coast features 13 tracks of powerful multi-part harmonies, in-your-face fiddle riffs and the driving rhythms that make roots music so powerful and unique. Coast features guest appearances from Aaron Watson and members of both The Trishas & Turnpike Troubadours.
Tracking the record was no easy task. Spanning a total of two years in and out of studios, all while juggling a 180 shows-per-year schedule, Smith has fought a very long fight to arrive at this debut. That effort, along with the relationships made between the members of the band, are reflected in the debut single, “Coast,” that is carrying their sound to Texas radio airwaves in 2013 and beyond.