Saturday, Sept. 15, was a special evening for the folks in Ringgold, Ga. Country duo, Smith & Wesley, who are Ringgold natives, were about to take the stage as part of the inaugural Smith & Wesley and Friends Benefit Concert. Earlier this week, we posted an article about the benefit, which was to raise funds for the Wes and Shirley Smith Charitable Endowment. If you missed that article, you can go back and read it by clicking here.
The concert included performances by Cotter Hill, Mitch Rossell, Bucky Covington, Smith & Wesley and John Anderson. We have already told you about the first three artists, now, we are going to talk about what we saw from Smith & Wesley.
If you are not familiar with this awesome duo, you really need to get to know them. I’ve been a fan for quite a while now. Before I get to the concert on Saturday, let me tell you all about their new album, “For Better or For Worse”. This album is available now at all digital outlets, and you can read all about that by clicking here.
I’m almost certain that everyone in the audience at a Smith & Wesley finds themself thinking, “Why don’t I hear these two on the radio?”, or, “Has this band ever played the Grand Ole Opry?”, or perahaps they even want to know if Smith & Wesley have ever been nominated for a CMA award. I know I’m not the only one who thinks they are just that good at what they do. This band works together as if they have been doing it all their lives. They are all veteran performers, who know how to put on a great show. I suppose you can’t start out with an Entertainer of the Year nomination – but, if you could – I would nominate Smith & Wesley.
Scott and Todd Smith don’t just sing. They sing, they play, they write, they perform, they entertain, and they do one thing just as good as they do the next. I’m a note-taker. Normally, I don’t watch watch a concert without writing down what I’m seeing. I have to – I know I’ll be going back to the office and writing up something for all of you to read. So, when I sit down to watch Smith & Wesley on stage, put my pen back in my tote, and just enjoy the show … it may appear I’m doing something wrong. But, it certainly proves they are doing something right! They have every bit of my attention from the time they start until the last note of the last song.
With three acoustic performances preceding them, we got to enjoy Smith & Wesley with a full band. this very talented group of musicians put on the kind of show you only hope to see on a trip to Nashville. The folks in Ringgold, Ga., were lucky enough to see it right there. The band is made up of the following: Scott Smith, lead vocals, guitar; Todd Smith, harmony, guitar; Steve Pettyjohn, lead guitar; Brian Brewer, baritone guitar, banjo, dobro, pedal steel; Dee Callihan, bass; Greg Gordy, keyboards; and Brad Thompson, drums.
I hope you will all check out the social media links below, and please head over to YouTube (the last link below), to listen to some of their music. “Country Dreams” is another of my favorites, and I think you guys will all like it, too. This band is so likeable, I’m pretty sure the first time you listen, you will be a part of their ever-growing fan base.
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One of my very favorite Smith & Wesley songs, “The Little Things”.
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