Zachari Smith’s latest string of singles pair improvisation’s freedom with folk music’s familiar framework.
Second generation folk singer Zachari Smith has a new album in the works, but he’s not quite ready to share it yet. Currently planned for release in 2022, Smith recorded We’re Going Away in Montreal months prior to relocating to Nova Scotia and has been slowly rolling out singles from this upcoming release ever since.
“I made this album in lockdown in Montreal when all my tours were cancelled and life as a musician felt pretty uncertain,” said Smith. “I started doing Youtube live improvised instrumental shows in March 2020 and this album came out of some of those explorations.”
The first three singles, When I Was A Boy, Be Alright and the most recent, A Different Animal, each blend elements of experimentation and improvisation with Smith’s undeniable ability to pen a memorable folk song, with subtle layers of synth and dobro leading the way.
New Brunswick audiences will get a chance to hear some of Smith’s latest material this week as he makes his way through the province with dates in Fredericton, St. Andrews and Perth-Andover.
“I’m very excited to be on tour again and it feels great to be able to come back to New Brunswick,” said Smith. “I always love playing at Grimross and really appreciate the work that Eddie [Young] does with Roots and Soul. The audience is great, and they tend to really connect with folk music and stories.”
Singer songwriter Jason Andrerson will open the show in Fredericton. Anderson’s latest EP, Canyonlands was released September 10.