Singin' With Steve Smith
A local songwriter has thrown his handiwork into the hat to compete in a new TV show, America… Is It a Hit?
By Samantha Goehri
After travelling through 40 states and seeing the world—and at the recommendation of a friend—Steve Smith decided to drive to Branson and audition for America… Is It a Hit? The TV show, which will air soon to national audiences, had 500 singer/songwriters audition, and Smith made the final cut, along with eight others. On the show, Smith is competing against two other singers, both young country-music songwriters looking to be discovered. “I think they picked me because they wanted someone older, something a little bit different,” Smith says.
And different is what they got. Smith’s music is a mix of Cajun and blues sounds, evident of the time he spent in New Orleans. Although his music is blues, his lyrics speak for themselves as a testament to those experiences Smith has lived throughout his life. “My lyrics are my What about a lucky charm? (piece of clothing, rabbits foot)
“Attitude hats,” he said with a smile on his face. He came back into the room carrying several different hats. “I’ve been doing the short brims lately,” he said. He wears a different hat to each performance, it’s his signature. “Puts you in the mode/mood,” he said.
What’s your earliest singing memory?
What was the first song you knew all the lyrics to?
Do you sing in the shower?
Do you sing in the car then? Or do you mostly sing in the studio?
What’s your favorite band?
What is your favorite album ever? “Muddy and the Wolf – The London Sessions”
How many songs are on your iPod? How many CDs do you have? Records?
“I have an 80 gig ipod and 50 gigs are full. I tend to buy songwriters. Buddy Miller and Steven Bruton. If I like one I buy all their collection.”
Does anyone else in your family sing?
Did you always know you wanted to be a singer?
Will it be weird to see yourself on TV?
What’s your favorite food? (I have this perception that all country singers like fried chicken and I know it’s not true, but I’m always curious)
What about the other competitors? What was it like competing with another Missourian?
Do you watch American Idol? Who was your favorite? “No, I don’t watch much TV.”
What other hobbies do you have besides singing?