Writers talking to writers about writing. That is what Austin Liti Limits is all about. We are shining the spotlight on writers living in or visiting Austin, Texas, filming readings and interviews with bestsellers, award-winners, up-and-comers, and indies.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this episode was filmed virtually via Zoom.
BONUS: Click to watch and listen to Darden Smith read a selection from Western Skies.
Over the course of his remarkable three-and-a-half decade career, Darden Smith has released 15 critically lauded studio albums, landed singles on both the country and pop charts (including the Top 10 hit “Loving Arms”), penned a symphony, scored works for theater and dance, published a widely celebrated book on creativity, exhibited works of visual art, and co-founded the non-profit SongwritingWith:Soldiers program, which pairs veterans with musicians in order to tap into the transformational possibilities of collaborative songwriting. The Daily News hailed Smith as “one of the most respected American musicians working today,” while the Austin Chronicle dubbed him a “master song craftsman,” and AllMusic called him “a singer-songwriter blessed with an uncommon degree of intelligence, depth, and compassion.” His latest project, Western Skies, comprises a new studio record, a book of photography, lyrics, and essays, and an accompanying album of readings set to music. The collection is an immersive journey through a world both real and imagined, a place of mystery and mythology, possibility and longing.