More Upcoming Local Shows For Randy Smith & His Band Of Merry Men

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Blog at Cidermag.com September 9, 2013

More Upcoming Local Shows For Randy Smith & His Band Of Merry Men
More Upcoming Local Shows For Randy Smith & His Band Of Merry Men
More Upcoming Local Shows For Randy Smith & His Band Of Merry Men
More Upcoming Local Shows For Randy Smith & His Band Of Merry Men

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Randy Smith and his Band of Merry Men are returning to Northern New England for a handful of intimate shows in September and November. Randy will be performing a selection of his solo material, as well as songs from his days as front-man for Vermont rockers 8084 and a few other surprises mixed in.


Photos by Joe Milliken 1. Randy Smith 2. Roy Alan Brown 3.Rich Abel 4. Randy and Gary Spaulding
The upcoming mini-tour, which is being sponsored by Drew’s Salsa in Chester, VT., will include stops at Dreamsicle in Suncook Village, N.H., Mocha Maya in Shelburne Falls, MA., Next Stage in Putney, VT. in late September and shows at The Arts Block in Greenfield, MA., the Mole Hill Theatre in Alstead, N.H. and The Venue in South Burlington, VT. in late November.

Now based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Smith has six albums to his credit and has toured throughout the United States and Canada with such national recording and touring artists as Edgar Winter, Blue Oyster Cult, Foghat, Rick Derringer, April Wine, Aldo Nova, Warrant and Bobby Kimball of Toto. Randy is a Billboard and International award winner, and 8084’s self-titled debut release in 1987 was produced by former drummer of the band New England, Hirsh Gardner.

After a string of successful shows in the area last summer, Smith and friends are excited for their return to Northern New England. “The band has really rounded into form and the treatment and arrangements of my songs has become exactly what I had envisioned with this line up,” Randy said in a recent interview. The Merry Men include fellow 8084 band mates Gary Spaulding on drums and percussion and Roy Alan Brown on bass and vocals, along with veteran Long Island guitarist Rich Abel and national award-winning fiddler, Scott Campbell.

“Roy Brown is simply a sincere and amazing talent and Gary Spaulding has always been the backbone behind me, providing the framework so I can do my thing,” Randy continued. “Guitarist Rich Abel brings a very tight musical sensibility to the mix and our newest addition, Scotty Campbell, (a member of the U.S. Fiddler’s Hall of Fame) adds energy, humor and a load of talent to our band. I am truly grateful and honored to share the stage with this band. Playing music with these guys is always a wonderful experience.”

Smith and the Merry Men will also be performing with a few special guests as well, including the lovely and talented (and only 20 years old!) Keeghan Nolan - a Vermont-native who recently signed a record deal with the Nashville-based label, Big Whirl Records. Keeghan boasts a powerful voice, combining elements of country, blues and a tinge of rock into her wide-ranging vocal style.

Nolan will be opening all six shows for the Merry Men while another rising talent, 16-year-old Holly May, will also be performing a few songs with the band. From Claremont, N.H., Holly is another wonderful, up-and-coming singer whose recent You Tube video, ”Go Big Or Go Home,” has received over a million views. Holly will appear at five of the six upcoming shows while another special guest, Elektra Recording artist Hirsh Gardner, will also join Smith & Co. at the Dreamsicle show.

The diverse set list includes several songs from Randy’s last solo effort titled Bittersweet, including “All My Life,” “Cowboys” and “Savannah’s Song,” as well as several fan-favorites from his days with 8084. Of course, you can also expect to hear a couple new songs and/or arrangements sprinkled throughout. In fact, this fan is already hoping they will again perform their moving version of the Kansas classic “Dust in the Wind.”

“These new arrangements of my songs feature a combination of alt-country with a rock sensibility,” Randy added. “We've worked very hard on our vocal harmonies and feature an interesting blend of fiddle and guitar solos. You know, I learned many years ago that if you surround yourself with talent, it brings your own game to an even higher level."

Randy Smith and his Band of Merry Men and Keeghan Nolan will perform at Dreamsicle in Suncook Village, N.H. (with guest Hirsh Gardner) on September 19, Mocha Maya in Shelburne Falls, MA. (with Holly May) on September 20 and Next Stage in Putney, Vt. (with May) on September 21.

The November schedule includes shows at The Arts Block in Greenfield, Ma. (with May) on the 23rd, the Mole Hill Theatre in Alstead, N.H. (with May) on the 27th and The Venue in South Burlington on the 29th.For ticket information, please contact each venue individually or visit Randy Smith’s Web site at www.Randotunes.com.