Steve Smith & Chris Sanders
|Time & Place|
|Saturday, March 3, 2012 @ 7:00 pm
4100 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
|Seniors, Military & Students w/ID||$16|
|Children 7–17 w/paying adult||1/2 price|
|Children under 7||free|
Original and traditional acoustic music for mandolin, mandola, guitar and vocals.
Steve Smith (mandolin, mandola, vocals, guitar) and Chris Sanders (guitar, vocals) have been performing together for six years as a duo and in the Las Cruces based group Steve Smith, Chris Sanders and Hard Road. Their award-winning songwriting has landed them both best gospel and instrumental at the New Mexico Music awards in 2006 and best bluegrass and gospel in 2008. Their latest project with Hard Road, Signs Along the Road, is receiving national and international airplay and is climbing folk, bluegrass and roots charts. A June 2010 Bluegrass Unlimited review says
Smith and Sanders also continue writing lyrics that bounce between introspective psychological examinations and concrete stories, exploring such subjects as talking about 'All Things Left Behind', breaking free 'Link By Link' from shackles mental and physical, making a plea that the actions of the young were once 'The Same For You', and detailing the life of an abused woman who relies on the 'Kindness Of Strangers.' These combined with more traditional love and loss themes offer quite an array of emotions. Signs Along The Road refuses any one label, except perhaps that of good, evocative music.
In concerts across the country, Smith and Sanders bring the depth of musicianship that can only come from two life-long musicians. This from Julie Sullivan, former talent director for the Pickin' in the Pines festival: "(They) blend an exquisite musical web of intimacy, humor and grace. Chris Sanders' voice pours out like golden brandy. Profound original lyrics accompanied by Steve's passionate instrumental prowess on mandolin and mandola, make for an unforgettable and richly layered show…they are simultaneously masterful, with complete down-home charm."