Dan’s career began as a songwriter, most often with Eric Lowen, for artists as diverse as Pat Benatar (the Grammy-nominated “We Belong”) , The Bangles, Jackson Browne,Dave Edmunds, The Temptations, Dionne Warwick, Dutch superstar Marco Borsato, The Triplets, and Austin outlaw legend Rusty Weir.
In the 1990s, he recorded and toured with Lowen in the acclaimed acoustic duo Lowen & Navarro until Eric’s retirement in 2009. Dan has transitioned smoothly into a growing solo career, steadily in demand on the national concert circuit...
He moonlights as a singer and voice actor in motion pictures like The Book Of Life (as the villain “Chakal”), The Lorax, Happy Feet (1 & 2), Rio (on the Oscar-nominated “Real In Rio”), Ice Age (2 & 3) ; TV series Turbo Fast, Prison Break, Family Guy andAmerican Dad; records with Neil Young, Andrea Bocelli, Luis Miguel, Jose Feliciano, Janiva Magness, Susanna Hoffs and Jon Anderson of Yes; the hit videogames Fallout 4 and Uncharted 4, and hundreds of TV ads for Subaru, Shakey’s, McDonald’s, Toyota, Coca-Cola, Honda, Nationwide and more.
He has contributed countless hours in Washington on issues of intellectual property, copyright and performer’s rights, including testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Copyright Royalty Board, on behalf of numerous music and the Nashville Songwriters Assn Int’l, the former AFTRA, NARAS, BMI , SoundExchange and the musicFIRST Coalition...
Dan also serves on the boards of SAG-AFTRA, Folk Alliance, The Levitt Pavilions LA and the Golden West Chapter of the ALS Association, fighting the neuro-muscular disease better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, which took Eric Lowen’s life in 2012...
In 2009, after 22 years and 12 albums with Lowen & Navarro, Dan released the spirited
“Live at McCabe’s”, backed by his pals, Austin’s now-disbanded Stonehoney. He is currently finishing his next album, “Shed My Skin” — his first studio album of new material as a solo artist, slated for release early next year.
He is the father of a 20-year-old son and a known abuser of acoustic guitars.
Darden Smith has long transcended traditional singer-songwriter boundaries, and his varied, fascinating musical legacy continues to evolve. Following unexpected paths has been a constant force in his 28-year career as a musician, and his work of the last 15 years has led him both further afield than ever, and also brought him full circle to where he began.
Musically, Smith weaves together folk and Americana influences with rock, pop, and the musical roots of his home state of Texas, to create a sound that is uniquely his own. He has recorded fourteen critically acclaimed albums in locations ranging from Austin, New York, and Nashville to London and Los Angeles. All Music Guidehas praised Smith as “a singer-songwriter blessed with an uncommon degree of intelligence, depth, and compassion.” Likened to songwriters such as Nick Drake, John Hiatt, Leonard Cohen and Elvis Costello, Smith is one of contemporary music’s most winning and gifted artistic treasures whose consistent creative excellence keeps blossoming.
LOVE CALLING, Smith’s latest album and his first with Compass Records, was recorded in Nashville with co-producers Jon Randall Stewart and Gary Paczosa. Capturing the sweep of its artist’s prolific career, the album’s lyrics reflect the depth and resonance of a veteran songwriter, while its melodies and production style recall the purity of Smith’s early work. “No machines, and acoustic instruments whenever possible. Fewer instruments, organic arrangements–I wanted to move in a direction I hadn’t gone in a long, long time.”
7pm doors | 8pm show | $20 adv. | $25 day of