Music has always been an instinctive thing for Tex Smith, from the time he was a kid. He was inspired by everything he’d heard along the way – country, Americana, rock and folk, so it came quite naturally to pool these influences together into an eclectic mix for his self-titled debut, recorded in 2009 at Superpop! Records. Tex Smith includes a bit of everything, both up-tempo and laid back, but it’s strikingly introspective.
Sadly, before its release, Smith faced the terrible, heartbreaking death of his first wife. But rather than isolating himself, he chose to concentrate on his music and actively became involved in Kent Finlay’s Songwriter Circle at Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos. It was through this group that Smith would write and debut the songs that appeared on his next two albums, To A Bird Singing Woe (2010), and A Wayfarer’s Lament (2012), both revealing a lot about his journey through loss and pain, and looking toward the road ahead as he moves on.
The days are far better and brighter this year for Smith, who recently remarried and eagerly anticipates getting back into the studio to work on his fourth album with a load of new songs. Be sure to catch Tex Smith tonight at his regular Monday-night haunt, the Hole In the Wall, 2538 Guadalupe. The bill also features Andrew Blanton, Boot Money and Josh Buckley. Tex Smith starts the night out at 8 p.m. Recommended.