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Michael C Smith brings boozy soul to Americana with LP "Prophet on the Barstool"
by: Nicole Banister 
 
Michael C Smith is no doubt one of the hardest working songwriters in Atlanta. The songs just come streaming out, whether through EPs or weekly through Project 52. But his newest work, the LP Prophet on the Barstool, spans widest and deepest yet, tugging on the heartstrings by calling upon both personal and universal truths often learned the hard way, with themes understood in any language.

Prophet on the Barstool was completely fan-funded through Kickstarter and recorded at The Cottage with Damon Moon, himself a veteran in the Americana/folk vein that runs deep in the city. The finished product reflects Moon's sensibilities; the songs sound both lush and sparse at the same time, old and new somehow, just like the melodies themselves.

The material, all of which was written by Smith, draws from personal family history in many places, and the emotion, sometimes gloriously thick on Smith's tongue, is often apparent. The title of the album, a line from the track "West Virginia Lung", is very fitting; each song seems to represent a memory of some old barfly, a man who has sat at the same place in the same dive six nights a week for 15 years. Watching patrons live their lives, feeling somehow connected and yet still the watchful narrator, the barfly sees everyone's triumphs and falls, including his own, deluded through pub sing-a-longs and jukebox romances.
Foot-stompers like "90&9" and "Great Ocean" beg for a ramble down Main Street USA, apple pie moonshine in the listener's mason jar. Tracks like "Cold Hallelujah" and "Stolen Crown" seem more like dirges, beers emptied on the grass, now empty barstools revered until time is forgotten.

The entirety of the album reads like a trip to your hometown. One filled with memories, good and bad. The reminder that any bad blood you feel coming home is usually rooted deep inside, the memory versus reality of who you were versus who you are, and that the battle you often fight is with yourself.

 

 

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"Prophet On The Barstool"

by Michael C Smith

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"Prophet On The Barstool" begins with a foot-stomping ramble of political and social unrest with it's lead track "90 & 9" and ends with a prayer screamed from the deepest depths of despair with album closer "Laid to Rest". The 8 tracks in between range from love songs to confessionals, each one uniquely individual yet, hauntingly universal. It's an album designed to be heard from start to finish. An album that invites its listener to journey, to participate, to love, to fight and when finished; to reflect & repeat.

A beautifully constructed slice of Americana, Roots and acoustic rock.

Enjoy.

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  1. 1 90 & 9 02:52
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  2. 2 Great Ocean 03:28
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  3. 3 Cold Hallelujah 05:58
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  4. 4 Tracks 02:58
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  5. 5 West Virginia Lung 03:22
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  6. 6 One More Time Marie 03:16
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  7. 7 Troubled Wind 04:46
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  8. 8 Stolen Crown 05:24
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  9. 9 Unbroken 04:16
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  10. 10 Laid to Rest 06:34
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Live Shows

Previous events

Date Event Location
Michael C Smith Shenanigan's, Dahlonega, Ga. 30533 Shenanigan's, Dahlonega, Ga. 30533
Hard Rock Troubadour Hard Rock Cafe, Atlanta, Ga. 30303 Hard Rock Cafe, Atlanta, Ga. 30303
Songwriter Showcase Steve's Live Music, Sandy Springs, Ga. 30328 Steve's Live Music, Sandy Springs, Ga. 30328
 —  — Southern Ground Social Club Southern Ground Social Club, Senoia, Ga. 30276 Southern Ground Social Club, Senoia, Ga. 30276
 —  — Michael C Smith Sidewalk Saturdays Decatur Square, Decatur, Ga Decatur Square, Decatur, Ga
Songwriter's in the Round Crimson Moon, Dahlonega, GA 30533 Crimson Moon, Dahlonega, GA 30533
Alley Cat 120 Newnan St , Carrollton, GA 120 Newnan St , Carrollton, GA
Michael C Smith Smith's Olde Bar Atlanta Room, Atlanta, Ga. 30324 Smith's Olde Bar Atlanta Room, Atlanta, Ga. 30324
 —  — Michael C Smith LIVE Hard Rock Cafe, Atlanta, Ga. 30303 Hard Rock Cafe, Atlanta, Ga. 30303
Michael C Smith Alley Cat, Carrolton, Ga. Alley Cat, Carrolton, Ga.
Michael C Smith & Dan Bern Smith's Olde Bar Atlanta Room, Atlanta, Ga. 30324 Smith's Olde Bar Atlanta Room, Atlanta, Ga. 30324
Small Business Sunday Decatur Square Decatur Square Decatur Square
Songwriter Showcase Morgan Creek Grill, Isle of Palms, SC 29451 Morgan Creek Grill, Isle of Palms, SC 29451
Prophet On The Barstool Atlanta Release Show Smith's Olde Bar Atlanta Room, Atlanta, Ga. 30324 Smith's Olde Bar Atlanta Room, Atlanta, Ga. 30324
Prophet On The Barstool Album Release The Monkey Barrel , Gainesville, Georgia The Monkey Barrel , Gainesville, Georgia
Backpack Buddies Charity Event Cartersville Library (Ascension Coffee House), Cartersville, Ga Cartersville Library (Ascension Coffee House), Cartersville, Ga
Morgan Creek Grill Morgan Creek Grill, Isle of Palms, SC 29451 Morgan Creek Grill, Isle of Palms, SC 29451
The Mill The Mill, North Charleston, South Carolina 29405 The Mill, North Charleston, South Carolina 29405
Grant Park Music Mondays Grant Park (Meadow at corner of Sidney & Cherokee), Atlanta, Ga. 30324 Grant Park (Meadow at corner of Sidney & Cherokee), Atlanta, Ga. 30324
120 Tavern 120 Tavern, Marietta, Ga. 30062 120 Tavern, Marietta, Ga. 30062