I’ve had the opportunity to interview a few amazing ladies in the past week. I don’t have the audio produced yet for podcasting, but that’s coming soon. I just wanted to post a little teaser/update to whet your appetite.
Last Thursday at Flyboy Studio we hosted indie singer/songwriter Mindy Smith for a really wonderful interview and acoustic session. Mindy hails originally from New York but has spent the last several years in Tennessee. It was in the south where she began her musical career with a collaborative cover of Dolly Parton that launched everything. She has gone on to become good friends with the country star, as well as having a thriving solo career. She was in our part of the country to do a few shows in Austin and also to perform at ACU’s Summit, their big half-week seminar. In our conversation together we discussed not only her musical story, but the influence of our roots into all we are and all we do. She performed a great classic track as well as some new stuff. As soon as that interview/acoustic tracks are produced, they’ll be in our Conversations At The Table link.
And yesterday, I had the blessing of getting to chat by phone with Courtney E. Smith, author of a new book called Recording Collecting For Girls. Prior to her first go-round at book writing, Smith spent 8 years as a music programmer and “picker” of content for MTV2 and MTV’s indie rock radio station. We talked about the criteria for what gets put on the MTV frequencies, the passion of music lovers when they gather together, and the oft-not-discussed sexism in music literature and writing. It was truly a remarkable conversation and one I really look forward to sharing with you all.
It is strange that all the voices mentioned in this post all share the same last name. We’re not related, I assure you, at least not to any of our knowledge. I’ve had a few conversations over the past few months about how Smith used to be a last name that many people you know have. That’s not the case anymore. Yet, it’s very interesting, and in some ways comforting, to have spoken to two like-named ladies in a short amount of time.
Click the links on the names for more info on these cool chicks.