January 27, 2017
TULSA - Sky Smeed joined forces once again with the powerful production duo of Mike & Katie West (Truckstop Honeymoon) to record the album in a live setting at The Ninth Ward Pickin’ Parlor in Lawrence, Kan. The end result was another refreshing, rootsy, rock & roll romp through the American soundscape partially influenced by Smeed’s first international adventures.
In 2016, Smeed joined folk songwriter Beans on Toast on a pair of well-attended routings across the U.K., the first of which, Small Town Celebration, gave way to a song of the same name appearing on the new album which touts “the people are good no matter where you go.” Last fall, Smeed supported Beans on Toast for A Spanner in the Works Tour in the U.K.’s major markets to packed venues.
Crowd favorite, “Bumper Sticker”, was also inspired by Smeed’s new permanent residence in the bustling college town of Lawrence. “You can learn a lot about people’s lifestyles and ideologies by the stickers on the back of their cars. I took a bunch of really random bumper sticker slogans, arranged them to rhyme and wrote the song in 30 minutes.”
The album’s title cut is “as true as a fishing story can be,” Smeed laughs, recalling going fishing in his youth with his dad, who told him “one of these days we’ll catch that lunker bass.” Lo and behold, his dad snagged that bass on the last cast of the day, but always gave his son credit for landing the legendary fish.
Smeed will be touring heavily in support of “Lunker Bass” in 2017, including his first European solo excursion, as well as frequent tour dates across the U.S.
“Lunker Bass” will be available February 1; with the physical release happening March 1.
Praise for Sky Smeed
"I’ve seen Sky Smeed win over audiences all over the U.K. It’s impossible not to fall for his charm, his smile and his wonderful songs." - Beans on Toast
“Smeed’s own grin has the power to start plenty of parties.” – Mike Warren, No Depression