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Mi Familia

Migration has become a world wide phenomena and talking point. What compels large groups of people to uproot their lives and leave their homeland for another country. There are all kinds of reasons. But in the end, for many, it's simply about family. Wishing you and yours a peaceful 2017.

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Mi Familia

Mi Familia (David G Smith/Tom Favreau) 
Another migrant stuck in Nogales 
Shanty town Mexican side 
Captured crossing the border 
A journey many have tried 
I serve them food in this comedor  
Some of them I know by name 
When I ask them why they keep risking their lives, the answer is always the same 

Mi Familia, Mi Familia 
My sisters, my brothers, the babies their mothers 
Mi Familia 

They freeze at night crossing the desert 
Drown in the Rio Grande 
Violence and poverty chase them 
On their run for the promised land 
Everyone that comes thru here 
Has a story and picture to show 
Of desperate lives framing hopeful eyes 
Telling me why they still go 

Their stories tear me apart 
But the children will break your heart 
I see them every day 
All of them are 
Mi Familia

What The Critics Are Saying...

Six albums in, the career of singer/songwriter David G Smith has the Iowan belaboring reality to the core. First Love (Hey Dave Music) is 10 deeply felt originals on the cusp of bluesy Americana and righteous roots fervor. It's different. Captivating. Adult. -- Mike Greenblatt/Classicalite Read full review

Finding his voice and his songwriting soul, Smith has crafted a series of independently released albums, including live projects capturing his songs in their natural environment. Reflective and demanding,
-- Donald Teplyske/FervorCoulee. Read full review

The contrast between Smith’s laid-back sound and style and the words he has written is fascinating.
--CD Reviews INDIE Blues/Rhetta Read full review

David [Smith] comes across with the same sort of weathered resolve that best exemplifies fellow travelers like Kris Kristofferson and Townes Van Zandt.
--Lee Zimmerman/No Depression Read Lee's article
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on the charts

"First Love" in the Top 10 at WAGS 1380 AM
Bishopville, SC

"First Love" in the Top 10 at WAGS 1380 AM Bishopville, SC

"Sunday Morning Drive" went #1! Congratulations to my friend, co-writer and artist, Anne E DeChant!

"Sunday Morning Drive" went #1! Congratulations to my friend, co-writer and artist, Anne E DeChant!


You can hear David's music on stations across the US like 102.5 WRRW-FM out of Williamsburg, VA!

Giving Back

My wife and I are thrilled to have been able to donate a portion of Hey Dave Music proceeds to several national, local, and personal causes including Alzheimers, Food Banks, Wells in Africa, Rett Syndrome and many more deserving causes thanks to generous folks like you .  Read More
First Love by David G Smith featuring "In The Silence" a song inspired by David's Dad and Uncle Tom, both of whom were diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

First Love by David G Smith featuring "In The Silence" a song inspired by David's Dad and Uncle Tom, both of whom were diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

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"In The Silence" was inspired by two men whose lives helped shape mine. My Dad and Uncle Tom. It was also written with the families in mind--whose relationships changed from husband/wife, child/father, to caretaker. True communication ceases as this disease progresses. A different kind of language takes its place; one that has no history or future, one that thrives only in the moment; one that appreciates the gift of precious life and just being with another; one that speaks only.... in the silence.

"FIRST LOVE" was produced, engineered and mixed by Blue Miller (India.Arie, Bob Seger) and mastered by Jim Lightman.

"FIRST LOVE" features 10 original songs (including co-writes with Keeley Valentino, Deanna Walker and Tom Favreau) and is filled with old friends, mentors and collaborators.

 Joining Smith (acoustic guitar/piano/vocals) in the studio was Doug Kahan (bass), Jon Fletcher (drums), Blue Miller (percussion, electric/acoustic guitar, string pad), Joe Robinson (electric guitars), Denny Hemingson (Wiesenborn acoustic lap), Jelly Roll Johnson (harp), Edward J Smith (mandolin), Keb Mo' (National acoustic resonator), John Catchings (cello), Larry Franklin (fiddle), and on supporting vocals Alicia Michilli, Blue Miller, Chantae Cann and Mary Gauthier.

Special guests on the song "Fear" include Buddy Mondlock (guitar/vocals), Kenny Malone (percussion), Bryn Davies (stand up bass), Steve Conn (keyboard) and Mary Gauthier (vocals).

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