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Darden SmithNashville, TN -- Compass Records is proud to announce the signing of Americana singer-songwriter Darden Smith. His Compass debut Love Calling was co-produced by Gary Paczosa and John Randall and represents the culmination of his work as an artist and global philanthropist. It is slated for release on August 27th

Darden Smith has come a long way from his Americana roots as a singer-songwriter from Austin, Texas. Over the course of his 25-year career he has recorded a dozen critically acclaimed albums known for weaving together rock, pop, country, folk and Americana influences with the musical roots of his home state. Darden is also notable for his efforts to use his songwriting skills to help others.

A decade ago, he founded The Be An Artist Program and his seminars to encourage students to explore creativity through songwriting have reached more than 15,000 students across the United States and Western Europe. His SongwritingWith: collaborations find him teaming with, among others, U.S. soldiers transitioning to civilian life after combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, homeless youth in New Jersey and HIV-affected villagers in Africa. In advance of the album release for Love Calling, Darden will be on tour with Kim Richey (dates below):

ON TOUR w/ Kim Richey (click here for full show details)

  • 4/13 - Acoustic Cafe Series - Indianapolis, IN
  • 4/14 - Jammin Java - Vienna, VA
  • 4/15 - Joe's Pub - New York, NY
  • 4/18 - Billy's Tavern - Thomaston, ME
  • 4/19 - Club Passim - Cambridge, MA
  • 4/20 - The Loft/Union County PAC - Rahway, NJ

Billboard Magazine has described Compass Records Group as one of the leading independent labels of the past decade. The label group is home to over 500 releases across the Compass Records, Green Linnet and Mulligan Records imprints with a roster that boasts a variety of artists including Colin Hay, Victor Wooten, Claire Lynch, Altan, Peter Rowan, The Gibson Brothers, BeauSoleil, Catie Curtis and label co-founder Alison Brown.

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