In this episode of The Jay Franze Show, we sit down with Drew Ryder Smith, a true luminary in the country music scene. Drew’s remarkable journey from growing up between the musical epicenters of Nashville and Muscle Shoals to becoming a sought-after country singer, songwriter, and producer is inspiring.
We dive into Drew’s early beginnings, where his mischievous voice led to a surprising career in radio at just 14 years old. His influences, including legends like Merle Haggard and John Prine, shaped his unique sound and songwriting prowess. Drew shares incredible stories from his career, such as opening for Merle Haggard at the iconic Ryman Auditorium and collaborating with some of Nashville’s brightest talents.
But Drew’s story doesn’t stop at the stage; he’s also a successful producer and senior mixing engineer at Gray Sound Recording LLC. He reveals the secrets behind his studio success and introduces us to “The Before You Record Course,” designed to empower aspiring artists for their first recording sessions.
Join us for a conversation with laughter, music, and Drew’s undeniable passion for dogs. You read that right: Drew’s love for our furry friends is as heartwarming as his music.
- Host: Jay Franze
- Guest: Drew Ryder Smith
- Recorded: September 25, 2023