If you like your crooners country, you should be keeping tabs on Sky Smeed.
The musician has one of the most likable voices in the local country scene, a genre that often gets ignored in Downtown Lawrence venues (or takes a backseat to bluegrass and folk). Smeed keeps it simple, always presenting an enjoyable stripped down performance and proving that less is actually more. There’s no need for a flashy personality or wild onstage persona with this one. He’s nothing more than sweet-natured and pure. Even on a busy Friday night in Lawrence, audiences chose his Lucia set over the hustle and bustle of Final Fridays and buskers on every corner.
Here he is at Lucia, which continues to provide a great stage for country and folk artists, called “I Won’t Go To Work Anymore,” off his latest album, Lunker Bass.