|Genres:||Country & Bluegrass|
|Tags:||singer-songwriter country folk americana|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
|Links:||MySpace Official Homepage|
11 March 1962, Brenham, Texas, USA. Smith is among a clutch of singer-songwriters to have emerged from Texas during the mid-80s. He wrote his first songs at the age of 10, but began to take music seriously once his family moved to Houston when he was 13. His influences range from Guy Clark to Townes Van Zandt and Bob Dylan, or as he has said, Anyone who can tell a story. He changed his name to Darden, after a local rodeo star, at the start of his career in the mid-80s. The Texas independent Redi Mix Records released his first album, Native Soil, in 1986, which included his most notable early composition, Two Dollar Novels, featuring Nanci Griffith on guest vocals. This led to a move to Epic Records, where his self-titled second album, produced by Ray Benson of Asleep At The Wheel, included another version of that song. However, the rest of the album saw him move away from the folk/country style that had dominated his debut, as Smith reached...