Josh Smith

Too Damn Cold

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This is the third release from Smith, a Ft. Lauderdale-area native who was just 17 when this album was recorded. Nearly all of the tunes were written by Josh and his father, Joel. Much of the guitar playing and some of the vocals are similar to Jimmy Thackery's style -- not a big surprise since Thackery was a friend and an early influence on Smith. Too Damn Cold features some blues-rock (the title cut and "Booty") and some fairly hard rock ("Natural Disaster" and "Hard World"). You'll also find lightning-fast swing in "Packing Her Bags," some nice slide playing on the instrumental "32 Degrees," and even a fast shuffle ("Driver"). Smith slows it down for a great version of Albert Collins' "Lights Are On But Nobody's Home." Smith's vocals lack strength, but the technical perfection and speed of his guitar playing deserve a great deal of attention.