Release Date: Jun 26, 2012
Record label: !K7
Mindy Smith is country singer for you folks (you know who you are) who just don’t like country music. I guess that makes her “alt-country”, whatever that means. She is from Nashville these days, but her roots are on Long Island, NY, and her sound is mostly devoid of that distinctive country twang. Maybe that makes her more of a folk singer—like a Lucy Kaplansky or Shawn Colvin.
Mindy Smith’s music—at its best—is like a papercut: painful to the point of making you wince, yet somehow so compellingly bracing, you can’t stop pressing it. “Come To Jesus” is as riveting a song as anyone’s released this century, and it arrived with a little-girl voice in full throttle, grown woman breakdown/surrender. Not quite folk, left of country, sexier than Americana and shimmering with subtle dashes of jazz and Appalachia, Smith’s music has smeared genres and somehow seemed truer than purists in any of the above oeuvres.