Shane Smith & the Saints returned for a hometown show this past Friday on what was finally a chilly fall night here in Austin – a perfect night for some boot stomping and whisky drinking.
Opening the show were the Dirty River Boys with their rousing Americana-style music, setting the tone perfectly for the headliner with Smith & the Saints. It was the band’s first show back in Austin since May, as well as their first show since the release of their latest album Hail Mary, and based off of the crowd’s reaction to these guys finally taking the stage… it was a much anticipated and welcome return. Traditionally, Smith & the Saints open their set with an instrumental jam plucked from the soundtrack of Last of the Mohicans, leading into their song ‘The Mountain’ which starts off with some of the tightest and most incredible harmonies you’ll hear. They’ve been doing that one-two punch opening for years and it never gets old, if anything, it’s even more wonderful each time.
Shane Smith & the Saints has got to be one of the best Texas acts out there in the folk/ country scene and it’s evident how much every single one of the guys loves playing music with each other. Individually, they’re incredibly talented, and together, they truly do create magical melodies and harmonies.