Rocking a bill tomorrow night with MaryBeth Doran and Annalibera. Some Sultry Souls from the Heartland. The Sunday Silos will also be introducing a new song as we continue to gear up for tracking this Winter. 11/21 The Vaudeville Mews. 7:30pm. #iowaMud
Some cool pics from our show at Codfish Hollow.
Super happy to record at Daytrotter during our tour this last Fall. Keep it fresh and check out our sesh.
Spent the day recording a new single. I called it Anthem. We did it all Live at one of our favorite spots in the DSM, The Lift. Thanks for the engineering from the sexy boys at Wabi Sound. And the video from the sweet fellas over at DEFT Productions.
New Tour dates posted. Also a New single to be released on September 2. Thanks for all of your support. Keep Chuggin Love Bug…..
Follow Dustin Smith & The Sunday Silos on the day of the 2013 Gross Domestic Product Festival in Des Moines, Iowa, as they keep it loose and enjoy the company of friends and the countryside before the band’s performance at GDP.
Produced by DEFT
Director: Bruce James Bales
Production Assistants: Logan Clark and Justin Augustus
Filmed in Adel and Des Moines, Iowa
"Orphans" from Northerner
Indie Band Guru—Northerner album review (February 2012)
An old adage of advice to young authors is “write about what you know.” Whether or not this works for everyone, the premise stems from the goal of being authentic. In the music scene, this remains a worthy target as well. Throughout history, we’ve all heard the background noise of musicians and bands eventually clanging into the bottoms of waste-baskets because they reeked of contrivance and “posing” (Examples: We like the Beatles, but the Monkees are fairly useless – even though there was one period when the latter actually out-sold the former. We love Dylan, but The Weavers (?) well… and then there’s Spinal Tap). Fortunately, every now and then music artists land with two feet squarely on both authenticity as well as well as talent.
Dustin Smith and the Sunday Silos seem to have the framework in place to be one of those bands. Smith’s Southern Iowa roots are both explicitly and intangibly evidenced in his artistry. By his own admission, he “grew up in the humble heart of Iowa (and his) musical interests have always been satisfied and influenced by the early Western Swing and Americana that was played throughout (his) home as a child.” Although specific songwriters could be noted here as probable influences, I didn’t personally think about the “fruit” of the Mid-west’s artistic “roots” until living roughly six years in the Southern Iowa (near Des Moines) region. Though I still can’t claim to have a perfect grasp on this vibe, I can attest there is a particular, though still nearly inexplicable, “feel” to both Iowa and its artistic community. I like to compare it to the weather. In juxtaposition to the southern and western regions of our country, Iowa can be markedly… cold. Still, in contrast to these other locales, an average day can be extremely cold … yet very sunny – even beautifully sunny. I see this as an apt metaphor for Smith and the Silos’ music.
Their appropriately titled December 2012 release Northerner is certainly anything but sunny “sugar cane.” Both the tone and the lyrics reflect loss, heartache, and even an occasional bitterness (note one of my favorite tracks ‘Rosemary’, and the line “go away misery, thanks for nothing, Rosemary”). Still, like the brightness of the sun and the generally optimistic spirit of Southern Iowa, this album won’t bury you in a nihilistic deep-freeze. Northerner is pensive without being depressive. The arrangements can be bitingly sparse (banjo, bass and percussion), and yet replete with alluring brass. Smith’s voice has a definite knife-edge quality, but it won’t hurt you. The sound is quite warm and friendly – like an old friend, and yet you have no idea why since you can’t pigeon-hole it. As I attempt to jump out feebly into some modern-day reference-points, try to imagine a subtle blend of Van Morrison, Jamie Cullum, Mumford and Sons, and Sufjan Stevens. Although very different from any of these, I’m confident fans of these artists will likely love soaking in the season with Smith and his landscape of Silos. It’s an acquired, tasteful balance you’ll learn to love. Like Des Moines, it’s familiar but fresh. It’s cold… yet at the same time… sunny.
DesMoinesIsNotBoring.com—Northerner album review by Dave Murphy (December 2012)
I have an odd relationship with Dustin Smith and the Sunday Silos. I bet I have been to a dozen shows they have been a part of, at least. Yet, for whatever reason, if I ever get to a show later than I’d like, they always seem to be the band that I missed. I’m not sure how it always happens, but for some reason I hear about one song of there’s and it is usually in the background as I order my drink or whatever. The couple of times I have been there, I have gotten distracted by whatever outside stimuli and not paid as close attention as I should. I think my own hang-ups have even caused me to discredit their work, for whatever reason, which is decidedly unfair.
I was very excited to be able to review their debut full length album, Northerner, because I knew I had never really given them a fair shot.
I’m glad that I did, because I have absolutely been devaluing them for far too long. Northerner is a surprisingly brisk 15 song pop/folk/soul album that shows off the talents of the entire band. While musically they are all solid, I especially like the horns on the opening track “Center St.”, the vocals are what really stand out for me.
Smith has a real throaty and bluesy voice. It is wonderfully unique for this scene and this time. With so many trying to be American Idol winners, very few ever want to be Taylor Hicks. Yet, Smith is a rich man’s Hicks, a soulful singer who can actually pull off pop and folk backing without it sounding forced or stretched. It is an honest and gutsy style and it makes me very pleased to listen to. And is much better than Taylor Hicks, let us not forget that.
The real vocal star, though, is Paige Harpin. With two powerful voices and a beautiful score, the best track on the album is undoubtedly “Orphans”. Everything about it seems to click. The piano pounds like a heartbeat and Smith’s smooth voice beds. But when Harpin gets her chance on the chorus, her powerful voice steals the track. It hits at the right intensity, without being comical or overblown.
All in all, this is a pretty great first LP from a band of talented musicians. It makes me wish I had given them more of a chance in the past. But it does accomplish something pretty significant; it assures that I will do my best to be punctual when I know they are on the bill.
Des Moines Cityview—Dustin Smith “Burgess” Independent release
According to the dictionary, a “burgess” is a member of the lower legislative house in Maryland or Virginia before the American Revolution. I don’t know how that definition might apply to Des Moines-based Dustin Smith’s new folk-western-swing-soul EP, “Burgess,” since little is said about the singer-songwriter-guitarist-banjoist on his Web site and this CD was mailed to me without any press materials. One plausible connection is that the music of “Burgess” is steeped in Americana (which is rooted in the South) and that it is timeless. On this excellent, original six-song EP, Smith (complete with falsetto vocals) delves into the personal (“Grudge”), the inner child (“Radio Flyer”), the nostalgic (“When We Were Boys”) and the gospel — literally (“Burgess”) with a sense of delicacy, texture, tone and space aided by several talented local musicians including Nick Leo’s sweeping pedal steel guitar lines. Maybe that’s all we need to know.
Band Bombshell—November 28, 2012