Entertainment Weekly says that Mindy Smith has "a lovely girl-woman soprano that feels like cotton sheeting after a bath." But is that any way to talk about a lady whose biggest hit was a song called "Come to Jesus"? In fact, the Long Island-bred, Nashville-based singer has deftly managed to carry her vocal and songwriting talents beyond the confines of the Christian country label with which she was initially tagged. Following the early high-profile endorsement from Dolly Parton that first brought her into the public eye, she's straddled folk, country and pop throughout a series of albums and songs (the best of which "sound like little miracles" - USA Today) and gained an eclectic audience via the authenticity of her musical exploration of what she calls "heartbreak, healing, all that stuff."
Smith has been featured on NPR and has appeared on "The Tonight Show" and Conan O'Brien, and her songs have been played on such television shows as "Grey's Anatomy," "Smallville" and "Six Feet Under. "Her most recent CD is "Stupid Love." On Thursday 5/19 she comes to the Iron Horse in Northampton for a 7 p.m. show. Peter Bradley Adams opens. $20/$25. 586-8686, iheg.com
Peter Bradley Adams was formerly one half of the duo, Eastmountainsouth, signed by Robbie Robertson (of The Band) to DreamWorks Records in 2002. Since then, Adams has released three solo records: "Gather Up", "Leavetaking", and "Traces"; and is set to release his fourth "Between Us", on Mishara Music on June 14th.