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Thursday, 10 January 2013 11:42

Lyric Theatre stage about to be Savage-d by Smith

Written by  Jessi Gowan
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Lyric Theatre stage about to be Savage-d by Smith Photo by Lindsey Baker

The Blenders music series is kicking off the new year with a performance by singer / songwriter Samantha Savage Smith, whose folk-blues style has been likened to that of Feist, Cat Power, and Anita O'Day. Savage Smith will showcase her impressive voice on Jan. 19 at the Lyric Theatre.


“I always played music, ever since I was a kid, in bands and stuff, but it was all pretty low-key,” Savage Smith explained. “I think, at first, I just kind of fell into it.”
Through the help of record producer Lorrie Matheson, Savage Smith recorded her first album, 'Tough Cookie', which was released in April of 2011. Savage Smith wasn't expecting the album to take off like it did.
“I really had lower expectations, I didn't think it would have any kind of national presence,” she admitted. “I thought maybe people here in Calgary would check it out, maybe people in Edmonton. But all of a sudden, there was this momentum, opportunities started happening and doors started opening, and I totally wanted to go with it.”
For Savage Smith, who has an extensive collection of records and CDs, music has always been an important part of her life. Being able to write music and share it with an audience is a valuable experience for Savage Smith.
“Playing music and writing songs is such a satisfying thing to do,” she noted. “My songs are all personal, emotionally-charged songs from my own experiences. It's not something I really labor over, it just comes out, it's natural for me. It doesn't feel contrived.”
Savage Smith still struggles to place her music into any particular genre. She blends influences varying from folk, country, blues, rock, and jazz, to create a sound all her own. Although she is considered a singer / songwriter, Savage Smith has been performing with her band for the past two years, and is also involved with several other musical side projects.
“People jump to a certain idea of what a 'singer / songwriter' might sound like, whether positive or negative associations, but I think my music goes in a lot of different directions, especially the new record I'm working on,” she explained. “These are the songs I write on my own, but this is just one of the things I do. I just want to be playing music in whatever I can. That's what appeals to me.”
Savage Smith will be performing on Jan. 19 at the Lyric Theatre. Doors open at 8 p.m, with music beginning at 9 p.m. Tickets are only $25, and are available at Pharmasave or by contacting Shann at 306-778-2686 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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