Song of the Day: Shawn Smith – Ring That Bell

Shawn Smith

Ron Henry

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Every Friday, the Song of the Day podcast spotlights local musicians. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Morning Show host John Richards is Ring That Bell by Shawn Smith on the album The Diamond Hand from Sound VS Silence.

Shawn Smith – Ring That Bell (MP3)

Veritable local music legend Shawn Smith has a resume longer than your average merchant marine. As a musician, Smith has explored everything from Grunge-era rock to funk/trip hop/soul, though most often he’s found alone behind a piano.  Smith, a Spokane native, has had a long diverse career and has worked with the likes of Steve Fisk (Pidgeonhead), Stone Gossard (Brad and Gossard’s Hank Williams tribute album), and Greg Dulli (The Twilight Singers) — and that’s not to count the numerous solo releases and guest appearances. His latest album, the introspective The Diamond Hand, explores religion, war, and death. In the “Ring That Bell,” he soulfully reminds us how it important it is for us to have people with us at the end of times, whenever those may be.  You can check Shawn Smith out at The Comet on August 30th with his band All Hail The Crown (formerly called From The North), featuring former members of Malfunkshun and Satchel. This Saturday, August 16, they’re one of the featured performers at Hempfest.  For more information, check out his myspace page or his website. For now, check out this video of Shawn performing Wrapped in My Memory, which you might recognize from The Sopranos:

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