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It has been a great honor to share the stages at different festivals and events with these great performers--Charles Mann (swamp pop legend), Curley Taylor, Steve Riley, Flaco Jiminez, Rosie Ledet, Calvin Parfait, Buckwheat Zydeco, Jeffery Broussard, Chubby Carrier.

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“Take The Ride”
Simmontree Records
Review by Rico Anderson, Rico Entertainment, mgr. Lamont Cranston Band

I’m not sure of the back story on the CD’s title, but judging from the cover, it has something to do with all the long hours on the road that this band puts in, and the trials of mechanical breakdown.

Everett’s third CD shows just how far this band has come. “Take The Ride” is peppered throughout with a lot of great original penned material. You’ve got to give them credit for their own songwriting, they mix up the styles really well with Blues, Zydeco, Rockabilly and more; “Street And Parks”, “Pistol”, “I Flunked Again”, “Big Brother”, “Up Napoleon Up”, “I Once Knew A Queen”, “Love Me Til I’m Gone” by Everett, and “Just Girls Dancin’” by Kathleen.

This CD is a great mix of styles. It is one that you can sit back, relax and play over and over again, and still hear something new each time. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, Everett’s vocals sound like Howlin’ Wolf meets Johnny Cash meets Tom Jones. And, his harp playing is superb.

Smithson’s vocals on “Pistol” is reminiscent of Little Walter singing through his own harmonica microphone – a real classic style.

Ironically enough, “Up Napoleon Up” sounds eerily like Tom Jones’ brand new song he performed on David Letterman this past week (9/22/10). Google it, you’ll love it. Very cool.

Kathleen’s Zydeco style vocals take you right down to the front porch in New Orleans. And, her accordian playing adds a real nice touch to the down home feel.

Throw in the versatility of Twin Cities veterans Phil Schmid on guitar, Jeremy Johnson on guitar & drums, Bill Black on stand up bass, and you have a winning combination.

It’s a bonus with special guests Bruce McCabe on keys, Paul Mayasich on slide guitar (Up Napoleon Up) and Richard Medek (BonTon Roulette) and Riley Smithson on drums (I Once Knew A Queen), and background vocals by Jesse Petrowski and Ray Barnard (IYA, Juvenile Delinquent).

Smithson had quietly layered in some very cool obscure tunes spread out through the history of time in which this band takes a lot of their influences.

2 great choices on the Zydeco side include the swinging “IYA” by Clifton Chenier, which turns it up a notch right away a little over three minutes into the CD. The other great Zydeco tune, this one with a rumba beat flavor is “BonTon Roulette” by Clarence ‘Bon Ton’ Garlow.

Ronnie Allen’s boppin’ rockabilly classic “Juvenile Delinquent” gets you dancing right in your living room. “Do The Do” by Willie Dixon is great. Also impressive are the two Memphis Minnie tunes “Fishman Blues” and “Botherin’ That Thing”.

Even more impressive is throwing in an obscure Wynona Carr tune “Act Right” from her 1955 “Jump Jack Jump” album. Carr, who died in 1976, is a Rockabilly Hall Of Fame member who recorded under the moniker of Sister Wynona Carr.

Another classic is “Diggin’ My Potatoes”, listed by Willie Brown, as legend has it. If you search the internet, you find an ongoing list of artists credited with writing the song, from Big Bill Broonzy, Lonnie Donnegan, Washbord Sam and Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee to Junior Wells.

Everett Smithson – Vocals, Harmonicas, Rubboard; Kathleen Smithson – Vocals, Accordians, Rubboard; Jeremy Johnson – Guitar & Drums; Phil Schmid – Guitars; Bill Black – Bass.

A Band from the North with a Southern Accent
Dec.13, 2008, Performing live for the Sioux City Live Music Club

Everett Smithson on the board Everett Smithson on the "board"

One glimpse of the stage and the crowd knew they were in for something unique. A “high-tech” stand up bass sat in the corner, two old time “squeeze-boxes” adorned center stage and a traditional “washboard” leaned against a classic amp. It looked like the hillbillies invaded the symphony.

The Everett Smithson band takes an audience on a trip from the hills of Arkansas to the back streets of Chicago. Their unique blend of zydeco (swamp rock), blues and swing make for a killer night of live music. The Sioux City Live Music Club has once again proved why they are the place to be for great original live music. Saturday, December 13 Everett and the band woke the ghosts of the old First Edition with three rousing sets. Smithson is a large stage presence with a voice that brings Howlin’ Wolf to mind while grabbing audiences with creative lyrics and storylines. Kathy Smithson offers a taste of New Orleans with her torch-like vocals and tasty accordion play. Her diminutive stature will fool you from the first note she belts out. The couple are backed by three veteran musicians who fill the bill to perfection.

Mama's got a squeezebox Mama's got a squeezebox...

The growing crowds and obvious enthusiasm are evidence that Sioux City’s only private music Club has something special going on. Find out for yourself when the group of music lovers present other great acts from the midwest!

Mad Dog CD CD Review
Everett Smithson Band
Mad Dog
Simmontree Records
By Tom “The Energizer” Schlesinger

This C.D. is Great! I figured I would pick out my favorite three songs and write about them. After seven to eight listens, I wanted to write about every one of them. I can not say enough about this, their third C.D. Every song is done very well, no, wait, how 'bout exceptionally well.

I did finally pick a favorite though, a rocking cover song by R. Penniman, “Long Tall Sally.” Kathleen Smithson (vocals, accordion, and washboard) has a Brenda Lee kind of a voice, sexy with a down home kind of charm, but with attitude. She really belts it out when she wants to and makes this older cover song sound like it’s her own. This song has three leads in it that were done very tastefully.

This is a very strong Minnesota band with the powerful Jimmie Vaughn style of lead guitar by Phil Schmid. That knocked my out! Barrel house piano by Bruce McCabe would make Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis proud, and even Bill Black on stand up bass got his fingers going on a lead part in “Long Tall Sally.” Jeremy Johnson’s drum rhythms made it good dance music; I could not sit still.

"Give Me the Right," track six, is a slow ballad by Wise Blagman that will make you want to slow dance with your sweetie. "Kingsnake" has Kathleen banging on the accordion in Zydeco style.

Evertt takes credit for three of these songs to be his own. When he sings, you think Howlin’ Wolf or Omar Dykes is in the house. He is also a very good harp player.

This album does everything from rocking blues to great dance music - fast and slow, dynamite harp, some rock and roll 50s style guitar, Zydeco, and there’s even a funky tune that made me think the next C.D. in my changer came on by accident.

I highly recommend this C.D. You will really get your money's worth. Great Job to the Everett Smithson Band!

CD CD Review by Rich Benson
Copperheads and Featherbeds
Independent release
Big Everett Smithson Band

Everett and Kathy Smithson and their band deliver a solid helping of blues and zydeco here which seems to travel all the way from one end of the Mississippi River to the other. Everett’s deep, husky vocals and low, heavy, muscular harp playing drive most of the songs, backed by Kathy on either rub board or accordion. On the zydeco of “Calling All Cows” Kathy gets a chance to show off her beautiful voice and squeezebox technique. She brings a little attitude and humor to both, nailing this solid cover. Everett’s singing and playing on “It’s Mighty Crazy” sets a retro, atmospheric tone on a great Otis Hicks cover. The versatile, tasteful tones of Phil Schmid’s guitar adds richness and depth to the songs. The solid, talented rhythm section of Jeremy Johnson on drums and Bill Black on bass provide the steady, strong foundation for the other players.

This is a mix of well chosen songs, great for listening or dancing. “Hurricane” finds Everett blowing his harp slow and soft, singing the same way, and bringing his vocals and harp up to a raging storm of great music. The bands plays very together here, all the musicians helping to create a sense of foreboding over the gathering storm and then letting loose with their playing to evoke the power of a hurricane. “Fat Man” seems to be Everett’s theme song. He shows his humor as well as his harp and vocals on this solid number. The CD ends with the energy and attitude of zydeco on “No Good for Me.” Kathy shows off vocal strengths here, giving the listener nice range, energy, rich vibrato, and plenty of passion. The veteran players move easily from traditional blues to New Orleans funk and zydeco. If you like traditional blues and zydeco featuring some great playing and singing on less familiar songs, this CD is for you.

Everett Smithson Band
CD Release Party
Famous Dave’s Minneapolis
October 17, 2005
By: Rich Benson

Everett and Kathy Smithson brought their talented local blues group into Famous Dave’s for some great traditional blues and zydeco in support of their new CD, Copperheads and Featherbeds. The band jumped right into it with “Stop Breaking Down,” a John Lee Williamson song from their CD. Everett’s big, gritty, and muscular harp and low, husky, rasping vocals drove the song. Phil Schmid added his solid, stinging guitar with excellent tone to the mix. Kathy, Everett’s wife, then showed off her talents on accordion and vocals on “Something Wicked.” Phil added some great jangling guitar licks. Kathy’s pretty, smooth vocals, rich with vibrato, make a nice contrast to Everett’s deep, heavy voice.

The band cranked it up a notch on “Long Tall Sally.” Bassist Bill Black on his upright electric and Jeremy Johnson on drums provided the solid, driving rhythm while Kathy got down and gritty with her vocals on this up-tempo number. It always seem strange to see Jeremy behind the drum kit, where he does a great job, since he is such a talented guitarist. The highlight of the evening may have been their next number, “Hurricane.” Just like nature itself, the band started out slower and softer, Everett’s harp going from low and nuanced to hard, fast, and wildly expressive. His vocals were the same, starting out soft and low, barely a whisper, and rising to strong, clear and powerful. The band played great together here, drums, bass, guitar, and Kathy’s rub board all going from low and slow gradually rising to a powerful storm of music. The band gives this atmospheric, traditional song a great reading both live and on their CD.

Feeling in a New Orleans mood, the band came back with “Calling All Cows,” another zydeco song driven by Kathy’s solid accordion playing and beautiful vocals. Jeremy and Bill set a nice, funky groove while Phil provided tasty guitar riffs on the simple, catchy, repeating rhythm here. This song also graces the CD. The band closed out their first set with a tender little number about drinking, “Wine Headed Woman.” Everett’s great, husky vocals, where he seems to be channeling Howlin’ Wolfe at times, and his solid harp play, going from high and piercing to low, guttural and gritty, made for a nice exclamation point at the end of the set. This band provides a lot of energy and style in their playing, music that is great for listening, or even better, getting out on the dance floor where you can feel and move to their grooves.

This is a tight talented band that demonstrates once again how much great musical talent there is in the Twin Cities. Everett and Kathy lead the jam nearly every Sunday night at Inn Kahoots in Hamel. Bill plays with the Senders, and elsewhere with other groups who need a versatile, veteran bassist. Jeremy and Phil make up Big George Jackson’s great two-guitar attack. Be sure to check them out either together or with the other groups they play with when you get a chance.

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Everett sounds like he is channeling Howlin Wolf himself and is a talented harp player. Kathleen has clear expressive vocals with an innocent quality she uses to good effect.~~Rich Benson-June 03

This band resembles a cross between the Beverly Hillbillys and Mother Earth and is interesting and refreshing!~~Peter "Bluezzman" Lauro-July 05

They specialize in quick uptempo tunes with a solid uncomplicated back beat and were often in our tempo wheelhouse!~~Allen Hall "Lindy Junky"-June 05

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