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Preview: WRAT and WDHA Present – Smith & Myers at Starland Ballroom

Smith & Myers at Starland Ballroom

Photos by staffer Luke Jamroz

Have you ever heard of that tiny little band known as multi-platinum rockers Shinedown?  Well if so, then undoubtedly, you know the dynamic duo known as Smith & Myers, who bring their side project to the live stage this week at The Starland Ballroom prior to a full-blown Shinedown tour. Did we just use an ironic phrase? We sure did! The S&M experience is a stripped down acoustic version that gives you a more intimate setting to let the guys shine. The strong vocals and stellar guitar acoustics is a dreamy-mix of seasoned professionals needing a little bit of a jolt to the jugular in between tours. Lucky us! Most rocker goliaths are perceived untouchable until tours like this, that bring them to you at arm’s length during the set.

Smith & Myers

The side project was birthed due to a contest where SD fans could submit the song they would love to hear played acoustically. After the overwhelming response, the result ended up in 2014’s The Acoustic Sessions EP. The tunes varied from Otis Redding’s “Sittin’ On The Dock of the Bay” to The Clash’s “London Calling. You can find Youtube videos and experience them live. Something that can come together so organically is special. The charisma and comradery of the two on stage is not just electrifying, it’s a true experience to not overlook.

Smith & Myers

If you aren’t versed in all that is Shinedown let us give you a little background.

Who: The band consists of Brent Smith [vocals], Zach Myers [guitar], Eric Bass [bass, production], and Barry Kerch [drums].

Smith & Myers

Accolades:  (via As a band they have sold more than 10 million albums and 10 million singles worldwide, have 11 platinum and gold singles and four platinum and gold albums, 13 #1 active rock hits, and averages more than 4 million monthly listeners on Spotify as one of the most-listened-to rock bands on the platform with over 600 million streams, contributing to their more than 1 billion total overall streams to date. Every single released throughout the band’s career has hit Top 10 on the rock charts – an unparalleled feat.

Smith & Myers

Prior S16 Coverage: We’re no stranger to Shinedown (Atlantic Records) – we’ve seen them many times,  over the years, even in the UK, and have come to accept and covet they will be around probably as long as cockroaches and Cher. Their show is laced with catchy hits, even if you go into this show without “knowing” them you will have many ah-ha moments of ‘OH THAT SONG!’ Powerhouse ballads, emotional stories, and a helluva show will be in store.

Smith & Myers

Tunes: Some concrete hopefuls to be on the setlist include Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun,” Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man,” Oasis’s “Don’t Look Back In Anger,” and Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive,” as well as “Never Gonna Let Go” and “Sound of Madness.”

Smith & Myers

We will see all of you beautiful people this Friday, January 25th at Starland Ballroom (Grab tickets here) they are also playing the same venue the next night January 26th (SOLD OUT) and we can’t think of one single reason (beyond a blizzard) why you shouldn’t come hang out.  


Their newest single “Get Up,” off of the new album ATTENTION ATTENTION! accompanied by a new video has been on heavy rotation in most cities.  Following the Smith & Myers shows at Starland, the band will be hitting the road on February 20th for their headlining aptly named ATTENTION ATTENTION! tour with Papa Roach and Asking Alexandria.

See you on the road!

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Catch this tour:

Fri 7:30 PM1,523 guests
Sayreville, NJ
Estero, FL
Fri 7 PM2 friends are going
Fayetteville, NC
Fri 7 PM2 friends are going
Fayetteville, NC
Sat 7 PMToni Brawley Dotson is going
Sun 7 PMToni Brawley Dotson is going
Thu 7 PM5,143 guests
Baltimore, MD
Fri 7 PMZane Duffner is going
Hershey, PA
Sat 7 PM14,192 guests
Uncasville, CT
Youngstown, OH
Milwaukee, WI
Green Bay, WI
Mon 7 PM CDT19,768 guests
Minneapolis, MN
Mon 7 PM CDT18,018 guests
Minneapolis, MN
Fargo, ND
Tue 7 PM CDT9,187 guests
Fargo, ND
Fri 7 PM CDT12,682 guests
Lincoln, NE
Cedar Rapids, IA
St. Louis, MO
Tue 7 PM CDT15,179 guests
Wichita, KS
Wichita, KS
Wed 7 PM MDT14,690 guests
Mon 7:30 PM CDT4,150 guests
New Orleans, LA
Atlanta, GA
Atlanta, GA
Atlanta, GA
Fri 7:30 PMToni Brawley Dotson is going
North Myrtle Beach, SC
Fri 7:30 PM2 friends are going
North Myrtle Beach, SC
Sat 7:30 PM2 friends are going
North Myrtle Beach, SC
Sat 12:30 PM2 friends are going
Camden, NJ
Tue 8:30 PM CDT9,671 guests
Madison, WI
Wed 8:30 PM CDT11,754 guests
Sun 12 PM PDT44 guests
100 Reformatory Rd

The leader of the pack, shutter16.fam, head photographer and brain schemer has been a Charlotte based concert photographer since early 2002. Her passion for photography was cultivated by her grandfather, a very well known and decorated war photographer who put the first camera in her very small hands at the age of three.


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