Smiley & the Lovedawg
'Chris and Steve are like one of those meals your Granny might cook. The taste is familiar and comforting, and there's more than enough to go around. They play comfort music, whipped up in a small kitchen where the recipes aren't written down. If you don't like one dish, there are plenty of others to choose from. But just like eating one of your Granny's home cooked meals, it isn't just how good the food tastes. Nope, the true goodness comes from the look of the food, the variety of dishes, the smells, and Granny's little comments, to no one in particular, about how the feast before you isn't nearly good enough for you. It's the whole gestalt of being at Granny's for a mealâ?¦ And that's what Chris and Steve are like - you know, Granny gestalt. A context that connects you to mountains, people, roots, simple pleasures, home, life, bitter, sweet, canned, and homegrown.' - Candy Yep, that's what I'd like to think Steve and I sound like; we both really like grannies and food. For those of you who want a more straightforward description of Smiley and the Lovedawg - I (Chris) write most of the songs, sing, and play guitar; Steve sings harmony and plays the mandolin and slide-mandolin. He is truly an original mandolin man and I'm lucky to have spent the last twenty-something years playing music with him at bars and weddings, funerals and coffeehouses, all mixed-up with a whole bunch of house parties. We probably sound like the East Tennessee valley where we're from - melodies, rhythms, and images from Appalachia mixed with the sensibilities and concerns of factory towns, polluted and otherwise effected by a variety of outside influences. O.K. That's enough of trying to explain what we are, I would recommend listening to a few of the examples you ought to be able to access here and see what you think. I do most sincerely hope you enjoy what you hear. - Chris.