On a fall evening in October 2013, California-based duo Misner & Smith played to a packed house at Seattle's' Empty Sea Studios - a craftsman house turned into a recording studio and listening room. Now, you can experience that concert "better than live" through this HD concert film.
With multiple cameras and CD-quality sound, this episode of Live From Empty Sea brings the intimate listening environment into your living room.
For a sample from this program, check out the duo's original tune, "Seven Hour Storm."
Misner & Smith’s music is a search for meaning. The songs yearn for connection, ache for understanding, relish in mystery, and rejoice in creation. In a world that often feels to be crumbling down around us, they dig deep, and find hope in simple things, in the beauty that surrounds us all.
With their brand new release, Seven Hour Storm, Misner & Smith have created an album of vivid, poetic songwriting, filled with some of the finest harmony singing around. Working with producer Jeff Kazor (The Crooked Jades, Richard Buckner) and engineer Bruce Kaphan (David Byrne, REM, The Black Crowes) they have a created an album with lush, yet subtle arrangements, filling out an already rich sound that the duo is known for producing live.
It was an entirely different art form that brought these two together in the first place. Having separately studied and worked for years as actors in theaters around the country, they met for the first time at a Shakespeare festival in California in 2002. Though the seeds for their future collaboration may have been planted then it took two more years for the musical bond to be forged, when the two were cast in another show together in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California.
Through several weeks of rehearsals, and an extended run of the play Woody Guthrie’s American Song, Sam and Megan discovered a mutual love of roots music, and in particular, harmony singing. Since then, the two have acted in the play over a hundred times around the country, including runs at venues such as Marin Theatre Company, The Colorado Shakespeare Festival, as well as a special run at The Freight & Salvage in Berkeley last summer, in celebration of Woody’s 100th birthday.
Balancing their lives as musicians and actors is no easy task—and often more like a juggling act. Yet storytelling is at the heart of both. Inspired by both music and theater, their list of influences contains equal parts playwrights, songwriters, actors, and musicians.
Crafting songs rich in meaning and texture, Misner & Smith’s sound is anchored by their unique vocal harmonies and evocative lyrics. They tour extensively, both at home and abroad, and in 2007, their song “Madeline (Paradise Cracked)” won the West Coast Songwriters Association’s Song of the Year.
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