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SO:  Oh, thank you.  When I was doing the liner notes, it was a quick thing. It just struck me, “You know what?  Let’s explain,” you know, “Let’s explain a little bit about the album so people can have a little understanding,”

Smitty:  Steve, I can’t wait to hear some of these songs live. Your shows this year are going be “off the chain” with these great new songs!

SO:  Oh, thank you.  Yes, the whole month of March and April I’m doing showcase touring to promote the new album and I’m playing the whole album live.

Smitty:  Nice!

SO:  That’s the other good thing about this album.  It really plays well live.

Smitty:  I know!

SO:  So I’ve been performing, I’ve already done it.  I did XM Satellite Radio just last week.  I just got back from Washington DC. I did a whole album showcase and we played the whole album live. It has a lot of music and that’s what’s great about this new album Radiant.  It really plays great live.

Smitty:  Yeah, yeah, man, I tell ya, Steve, I really anticipate some seriously cool things happening with this record this year.

SO:  Oh, thank you.

Smitty:  This is your best work to date, my friend. 

SO:  Wow.

Smitty:  It’s very diverse, very melodic, and it’s got some serious grooves, and it’s got that funk that the bass brings to it, you know?

SO:  Yep.

Smitty:  I mean, and your guitar playing has just escalated, my friend.  Wow!

SO:  Oh, thank you.  Yeah, you know, I got to do different things this time around; Like on “For What It’s Worth,” the vocal tune, which I just love that track, because it’s very organic. I also played a different guitar. Actually, that guitar was a guitar that was in Michael B’s studio and I just picked it up and I just started playing on it.  I’m like, man, this guitar sounds incredible!  You know, who guitar is this?  It was just sitting in the corner, so I ended up using it on the record, and you could hear me slapping the guitar as a percussion instrument, along with playing the lead on it, on “For What It’s Worth,” and it just has this great tone to it, and I just had a blast with it.  And then the vocals, you know, of course, doing the wordless singing thing on every song and using the voice as an instrument again. That’s part of my sound and what I do. It was just a blast, all the diversities of the songs on this album.  I was really happy with that.

steve oliverSmitty:  Yes.

SO:  It really flows nice at the same time.

Smitty:  It does, man, and I love those voice sounds, and you know that.  It’s a shame I can’t do that.  (Both laughing)  I don’t think anyone can do that, Steve.

SO:  Oh man, I don’t know.

Smitty:  You are unique.

SO:  Oh man, thank you.

Smitty:  So you’re gearing up for your 2006 tour?

SO:  Yes. A lot of really cool things in the works as we speak.

Smitty:  Very cool.

SO:  Lots of shows already, which is for the beginning of the year, which has been amazing. We’re going to back to Florida, I’m doing a run there and of course, we’re doing the Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards in April.

Smitty:  Yeah.

SO:  I’m performing with Warren Hill again, Along with tons of solo shows that we’ve been focusing on this year.

Smitty:  Yes. Well, I know I’m probably preaching to the choir for a lot of the fans out there that have seen your live shows, but you have such an amazing show with your voice sounds, with the guitar sounds, and the band is always hot.  It’s always an amazing show, but I will say to those that perhaps have not seen you perform, “You are really missing out on something truly unique and wonderful.”  So I would encourage everyone to catch your live performance.  It’s always a lot of fun.  It’s a party, you know?

SO:  We try to make it fun and yet at the same time very engaging. Because live shows don’t happen without an audience.

Smitty:  You got that right.

SO:  And to not have them be a part of it, I mean, it doesn’t happen; so it’s really important to have everybody be engaged into the show and be a part of it, a part of the music as we are, and I really encourage it.

Smitty:  Steve, my friend, best of everything with this great new record, it’s called Radiant, it’s on the Koch Records label, and it’s from the amazing Steve Oliver himself.  Steve thanks again for sharing your time and this great new record.

SO:  Oh, thank you.

Smitty:  I must catch you out on the road, my friend.

SO:  I know Smitty, we gotta hook up.

Smitty:  Yeah, we will do it, I promise.

SO:  I hope so.

Smitty:  All right.  Steve, thanks again, my friend, and let’s hook up soon.

SO:  Thank you, you bet, thanks for everything and all your efforts and hard work.

 

Baldwin “Smitty” Smith