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Roger Len Smith's 6th studio album, first in 9 years. 10 strong new songs about chaos and love in the 21st Century, featuring Noelle Hampton, Kim Deschamps, and Rami Jaffee from The Foo Fighters.
Anything Goes is Smith's sixth album and first since 2009, and features some of his best songs, including the title track and the single, "Raining On A Sunny Day," featuring Rami Jaffee from The Foo Fighters. Produced by Smith and AJ Downing at Downing's Charkansas Studio in Wimberley, TX, these 10 songs flow beautifully covering a wide gamut of topics both personal and public. A fluid yet very diverse set of sounds, the album balances dreamy shuffles and ballads with hard-rock, folk, country and roots-flavored rockers. Smith tackles timely topics of the day with the splendid "House Of Cards," "Empty" and the title track, and gets personal on revelatory numbers such as "Aim" and "Leaving It All Behind." The propulsive "Empty" even has some 80s Minnesota feel to it, a driving rocker with strong lyrics. Character pieces like the opening barn-burner, "Can't Wait For Another Day" and the jumping closing track, "Down At Juniors" make for engaging and high energy modern country-rock story songs.
Smith plays guitars, bass and harmonica on the recording and is joined by several very talented friends. Providing stellar performances are Kim Deschamps and Andre Moran, who both play tasty solos and other sonic pleasures that elevate each song. Deschamps (Midland, Cory Morrow, Cowboy Junkies) plays lap steel, pedal steel and dobro and Moran contributes gorgeous, dreamy guitar parts reminiscent of Pink Floyd's David Gilmour. Singer Noelle Hampton provides her beautiful and seamless harmonies and drummer Jimmy Spencer is rock solid with his groove-heavy and creative drumming. Rami Jaffee, keyboardist for The Foo Fighters (and founding member of the Wallflowers), plays the spacey and stellar vibes on "Raining On A Sunny Day."
Evocative, melodic Americana/roots-rock songs with strong settings and characters. Amazing musicianship in the form of guests Peter Rowan (who sings on three songs), drummer Victor Bisetti (Los Lobos), Leeann Atherton, Kim Deschamps and more.
Roger Len Smith's fifth CD, CLEAR BLUE SKIES is a high-energy recording brimming with songs filled with memorable grooves and dynamic progressions. Featuring legend Peter Rowan singing his trademark high harmonies on three songs and an excellent cast of musicians from Austin, Los Angeles and beyond. Produced by RLS and Kim Deschamps.
New Dark Ages combines jam-band fury with a mix of songwriting styles and story-telling against a diverse, driving and intense roots-rock backdrop, all questioning the increasing angst of modern life.
PRESS RAVES FOR ROGER LEN SMITH:
"NEW DARK AGES is Smith's best yet, his talent finds light in the darkness." --High Bias
“An articulate wordsmith with a knack for alluring melodies.” -Relix Magazine
“MY BEST FRIEND is subtle, smooth, spirit-lifting rock…like Alejandro Escovedo, Smith gets well beneath the surface, lyrically, in probing the complexities of humankind and the conundrums of daily existence.” -Rockzillaworld
“Smith is an artist of great talent, MY BEST FRIEND is a gem that deserves attention, this excellent album has definite crossover appeal.” -New Music Weekly
“Crafty, knowing lyrics. Sturdy tunes.” -Music Connection Magazine
“An excellent songwriter, crafting intelligent lyrics with sweet melodies and harmonies, substance and variety.” -The Islander
“Roger Len Smith follows up his strong second album MY BEST FRIEND with the rootsy, soulful A BETTER PLACE. Smith puts sincere soul into smooth sounds." -High Bias
ROGER LEN SMITH
Singer-songwriter Roger Len Smith will tackle any subject, so for his fourth album—NEW DARK AGES--he goes to the heart of the matter by examining the war-mongering actions and tactics of America’s first government of the 21st Century, as well as the incessant greed and questionable ethics of corporate culture. Balancing humor with the reality of serious topics, Smith glides between dark and light on his new CD as he pokes fun at Willie Nelson’s recent pot bust, gets stuck in a blizzard and covers Lyle Lovett’s whimsical “If I Had A Boat.”
NEW DARK AGES is a packed, 16-track collection ranging from intense rock jams to soulful roots-rock to personal country-tinged songs and beyond. Smith showcased his 2005 album, A BETTER PLACE, with many shows and a live radio & internet broadcast from Maui, HI. NEW DARK AGES has already started making waves as one of the new songs, the moody jam-rocker, “Holding Onto My Guitar For Dear Life,” is featured on RELIX Magazine’s April/May sampler—with over 100,000 copies in circulation.
As usual, RLS employed many talented friends for NEW DARK AGES—Jennifer Stills, Warren Hood (The Waybacks), Bryan Head (Peter Case, Dead Rock West), Eric Heywood (Son Volt), Phil Cody, Sam Hendricks, Dick Ross and many more. As any listener will find, NEW DARK AGES is about more than just today’s troubled world and personal journeys, above all it’s about quality songwriting in a time of fleeting and disposable pop culture.
Smith’s songs are marked by intricate, mindful lyrics backed by meaty, modern roots-rock rhythms. Incorporating dark, provocative grooves, blues and country barnburners, funk and more. Having worked in a wide variety of facets of the entertainment industry in addition to performing—from roadie to promoter to music journalist to benefit concert producer—Smith pours his insights into a pack of musical notions, all played with stellar musicianship.
RLS has toured the U.S. and Europe many times with his and other groups, opening for The New Cars, Todd Rundgren, Warren Zevon, Tracy Chapman, Little Feat, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Barenaked Ladies, Linda Perry, The Violent Femmes, Sam Bush, Flounders Without Eyes and more.
Roger Len Smith's second album features twelve diverse songs sporting a variety of roots, groove and alt-rock delving into the deconstruction of the thrills and ills of love.
Roger Len Smith is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist living in Colorado. MY BEST FRIEND is a dynamic modern roots-rock record about the thrills and ills of love, released on Big Rock Entertainment. MY BEST FRIEND weaves through midtempo rockers, alt-country ballads, funk jams and power pop while investigating the complexities of love, forces both light and dark. MBF starts with the spacey, atmospheric wistfulness of "Up In The Heavens Today," followed by the whimsical powerpop of "Now You're The Enemy," the funk of "(I Got So) Deep With You," and eventually closes with the half-true "What She Really Wants To Do Is Ride Horses," a country song with a rock coda segueing into the emotional "Upside Down."
For this, Raj's second album following his debut, NATIONAL BOULEVARD (1997), assembled another talented cast for MY BEST FRIEND, which he produced with engineer/percussionist Jeff Gross. Guest musicians include Wallflower & Foo Fighters keyboard guru Rami Jaffee, drummer/percussionist Victor Bisetti (Los Lobos), drummers Joey Peters, Robert Jolly and Andrew Kamman, guitarists Ben Peeler, Ann Klein, Jim Mason and Patrick Milligan and vocalists Shawn Amos and Shannon McNally. Soaring lap steel guitars, shimmering keyboards, guitars, dobros and pulsing drums frame this group of twelve songs.
Since 1990, Raj has been a longtime bassist and collaborator for L.A.-based songwriters Phil Cody and Shawn Amos, and has performed and recorded with many artists including Mark Seliger, The Water Bunnies, Twelve Stories, Andy If, Five Easy Pieces and many others. Like his friend Cody, Raj hails from the Midwestern river town of Cincinnati, Ohio. Together they have toured the U.S. and Italy several times over. Raj has opened for such acts as The New Cars, Todd Rundgren, Barenaked Ladies, Warren Zevon, John Hammond, Carla Olsen and many more.
"MY BEST FRIEND is a gem that deserves attention. Raj is an artist of great talent, definite crossover appeal." --New Music Weekly
"Roots-Rock with substance and variety." --The Islander
"Subtle, smooth spirit-lifting rock." --Rockzillaworld
"An articulate wordsmith." --Relix Magazine
"MY BEST FRIEND is a diverse record that flaunts hooks, taste and soul." --High Bias
"A cross between Dylan, Zevon and Petty . . . crafty, knowing lyrics." --Music Connection
"Thoughtful lyrics and alluring melodies combined with soulful music." --Westside Life Magazine