Listening to the tracks on Greenville singer/songwriter/guitarist Travis Smith’s new self-titled album, it’s difficult to figure out how he’s not on the pop or R&B charts. The album is tightly arranged, slickly produced modern soul with dance-floor-ready funk and more subdued, acoustic-guitar-based ballads, and it’s one of the most polished recordings that an Upstate artist has yet produced.
“It’s love music,” Smith says with a laugh. “It’s similar to Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye.”
Part of the album was recorded in Atlanta with producer/engineer Simon Illa, and part was done right here in Greenville at Sit N’ Spin studios, with Matt Morgan behind the boards. “Matt and Simon, they really worked with me,” Smith says. “They guided me really patiently.”
Smith, who will perform an album-release show at Wild Wing Café Thursday, March 9, says that this album, his second, is self-titled for a reason. “My first album was called ‘Thinking of You,’ which was dedicated to all my fans and friends,” he says. “This one is more about people seeing who I am and getting to know my personality. This is more, ‘I’m here, this is who I am, let’s party!’”
Travis Smith (album release show)
Wild Wing Café, 15 W. Washington St., Greenville
Thursday, March 9, 5:30 p.m.
$15 in advance/$20 at the door