Revered Austin, Texas singer-songwriter Darden Smith has shared the official music video for “Western Skies,” the title track from his now-released new album. Featuring a new studio album, photography book, lyrics and essays, Western Skies is an immersive journey through a world both real and imagined, inspired by the West Texas landscape. Its visually striking companion book is available for purchase HERE.

Watch the music video “Western Skies” HERE

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“Western Skies’ songs, photography, writing, and eventually videos all stemmed from a trip to that part of Texas called the Trans-Pecos (or, as some would say, the Big Bend),” Smith explains. “This video started off pretty straightforward, but it seemed calculated, rather cold and frankly still. At one point I remembered this passage I had shot while driving between Marathon and Sanderson during a thunderstorm, which didn’t is not recommended as a safe driving technique. For both Ray Foley, the director, and me, this clip seemed to capture the feel of the song better than anything we had put together from the other shoots. in one fell swoop, randomly done just because the way it felt that day driving it, fits the music perfectly and captures the essence of how I made Western Skies. neither the intention of making an album. Nor a book. It just happened.

The Western Skies project was acclaimed by No depression, American songwriter, Austin American Statesman, The bluegrass situation, austin monthly, Texas Highways, United Kingdomand much more. Texas music noted, “The pleasures of this album are immense, as if Smith were releasing demons long held in his throat: the lack of mainstream acceptance, the trivialization of his art, the meaning of life as an artist Heady stuff indeed, but stuff of transcendence and emotional resilience that endures repeated listening.” The Austin Chronicle agrees and has Western Skies rotating in their “What We’re Listening to Right Now” column, saying, “Smith is among the best audio documentarians in the state.”

Smith also stopped by podcasts like Jackin’ Around with Jack Ingram, stereo embers and How did I get here? to give listeners a glimpse of his impressive multimedia oeuvre. Album Highlights Like “To not have enough time” have been rightly embraced by his followers, with his music video quickly racking up over 200,000 views on YouTube.

Smith has a number of shows in Texas over the next two months before heading to the UK for a series of shows in June. He also announced a few dates on the East Coast. See the full list and details below. Read more about the project on the Darden Smith website: dardensmith.com/bio.

Western Skies Tracklist:

1. Miles between

2. Lack of time

3. Western Sky

4. I can’t explain

5. Not yet tomorrow

6. Turn the other cheek

7. Perfect for a little while

8. The High Road

9. Los Angeles

10. I don’t want to dream anymore

11. Hummingbird

Tour dates:

May 11 – Austin, TX @ Chez Zee (Texas Author Series)

May 13 – La Grange, TX @ Bugle Boy

May 14 – Austin, TX @ Wyldwood Shows

May 15 – New Braunfels, TX @ Red Bird Listening Room (Early Show)

May 19 – Austin, TX @ Stateside at Paramount

May 27 – Galveston, TX @ The Old Quarter

May 28 – Waring, TX @ Waring’s Church

June 4 – Kerrville, TX @ The Kerrville Folk Festival

June 7 – Austin, TX @ Saxon Pub

June 19 – Bearsden, UK @ Baljaffray Parish Church

June 20 – Edinburgh, UK @ The Voodoo Rooms

June 23 – Saltaire, UK @ The Live Room

June 26 – Birmingham, UK @ Kitchen Garden

June 27 – London, UK @ Green Note

June 28 – Bristol, UK @ Hen and Chicken

June 30 – Sutton, UK @ The Sound Lounge

July 3 – Nottingham, UK @ Running Horse

July 5 – Austin, TX @ Saxon Pub

July 8 – Fort Worth, TX @ The Post (with Walt Wilkins)

July 9 – Dallas, TX @ Poor David’s Pub (Walt Wilkins)

July 15 – Cambridge, MA @ Club Passim

July 16 – Piermont, NY @ Turning Point

July 17 – Syracuse, NY @ The 443

July 19 – New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall

September 25 – Charlotte, WV @ Mountain Stage

Photo credit: Jeff Fasano