The Tasty Brew Welcomes Sky Smeed and Rigby Summer

This week’s episode of The Tasty Brew Music Radio Show welcomes live in the studio, Rigby Summer from Stillwater, Oklahoma and on the phone Sky Smeed of Lawrence, Kansas.

Rigby Summer weaves an Americana soundscape that reflects the road she’s traveled, from her Kansas City jazz upbringing to the beach pop of her former home in southern California to the red dirt roots of her current home in Stillwater, Oklahoma. While her influences range from Mary Chapin Carpenter to The Frames, Sia Furler to Johnny Cash, her sound often draws comparisons to Brandi Carlile and Lucinda Williams—a little modern, a little old-fashioned, always earnest. In 2017, after a five-year hiatus from performing music, she founded the Monday @ Modella songwriter pop-up and the ALL MUSIC STARTS LOCAL initiative and started sharpening her musical teeth, slowly carving a niche for herself in the Oklahoma scene. Since then, she has had the privilege of sharing the stage with and learning from a myriad of local and touring artists. In Fall 2020 she produced a short cover EP “Dancing Alone” with Kyle Reid, which was released in November. Production is now complete on her first full-length album “Geography,” recorded at Naptime Studio in Norman, Oklahoma, with Kyle Reid at the helm.

Tasty Brew favorite Sky Smeed is returning to performing with a show this Saturday at Kansas City’s Lemonade Park sharing a bill with The Fred Wickham Caravan.  Through his storytelling in his songs, Sky has the ability to convey what can be complicated emotional territory simply and organically. The Fred Wickham Caravan blends country, soul and rock and roll into a sound that can only be called pure Americana. Comprised of some of Kansas City’s finest roots musicians, the Caravan originally formed to support Wickham’s 2017 solo release Mariosa Delta. Produced and recorded by the late, great Lou Whitney in Springfield, Missouri, the album received widespread critical acclaim both nationally and abroad. No Depression called Mariosa Delta “a sparkling gem of an album…a great record, part document, part tragedy, all heartbreak,” while PopMatters said the album was “reminiscent of rambling folk and country legends like Dylan and Cash.

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