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Gloversville native brings music to GPAC

September 1, 2012
By ARTHUR CLEVELAND , The Leader Herald

GLOVERSVILLE- After several years living in Franklin, Tenn. and working in Nashville's music scene, David R. Smith, 55, a musician hailing from Gloversville, came back to play for a third time at the Glove Performing Arts Center on Friday, presenting a show titled simply, "The Country Show."

Born in Gloversville in 1957, Smith comes from a large family of musicians. He played in several rock bands while in high school.

"My grandfather played in the big band era as a drummer, my uncle Fred was a piano player," Smith said. "I couldn't have missed it. Even if I ducked, I'd still get hit with it."

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Musician David R. Smith performs during a sound check at the Glove Performing?Arts Center in?Gloversville on Friday.
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Smith also is a cousin of Billy Gibbons, who gained fame with the rock band ZZ Top.

After attending Berklee School of Music in Boston in the 1980s, Smith played in orchestras and wrote music until signing a music deal with Lamon Records, a Christian music label out of Nashville, in 2006. A year later, Smith signed on with Wild Oats Records.

Currently, Smith is an independent artist with two albums released: "Hello" and "Somewhere Between Here and There."

Smith calls the style of music he plays "Americana," which he describes as a cross between country, light rock and folk music.

"It's not the country and western old style of music," Smith said. "It's the new style."

Smith has played in The Glove twice before, once with Stan Devoe and once at a New Year's Eve show.

Friday night's appearance at The Glove was part of a two-week tour.

"I thought it would be fun to come back here and do a benefit show, since I watched movies here growing up and I always thought it would be fun to put a show up here," Smith said.

Bob Smith, David's father, said he was happy about his son's career.

"It's great. He's always wanted to do this," the elder Smith said.

Richard Samrov, executive director at the Glove Performing Arts Center, said that all proceeds from Friday night's event will go to the theater.

Smith's trip through the music industry has not always been smooth, expecially in Nashville

"It's such a hard nut to crack down there. It's just a big churn of people coming in, people going out. What it really boils down to, [after] seven years, it's a big networking town," Smith said. "You get in with this one, you get in with that one. This one may give you a break, this one may not. You hit a lot of dead ends. There [are] a lot of people who say they will do things for you that they won't."

Smith finished by saying that making it is 90 percent luck.

"I hate to say it, but that's how it is," Smith said.



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