A longer version of this story was originally posted on the Orange County Register Web site on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010.
Mindy Smith's wide-ranging musical style blends pop, alt-country and Americana across her discography.
She'll bring those sounds to the stage at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano tonight (Jan. 22).
Smith is a lyrical songwriter armed with an emotive style, as evidenced by the 13 original songs on her latest album, 2009's excellent "Stupid Love." The material includes the thoughtful "What Went Wrong," the straightforward "What Love Can Do" and the shimmering "Out Loud," as well as the upbeat first single, "Highs and Lows."
Smith co-produced "Stupid Love" with Ian Fitchuk and Justin Loucks at Fiarground Studio in Nashville, Tenn. Fitchuk and Loucks performed many of the instrumental parts on the album, while Smith focused mostly on singing.
Among the notable guests on the album are Leigh Nash (of Sixpence None the Richer), singer Amy Grant and singer-guitarist Vince Gill.
I will be covering the show tonight for The Orange County Register, so make sure to check the newspaper's Web site at www.ocregister.com sometime late tomorrow to read my review. Smith's music is terrific and I'm looking forward to catching her in concert.