The Nashville-based singer-songwriter makes his local debut at Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern in Nags Head.
Smith, who grew up in Williamsburg, Va., had his first hit in 2009, penning Love and Theft’’s Top 20 hit “Runaway.”
His vocal style, which falls somewhere between Keith Urban’s quivering tenor and Jason Aldean’s smoky baritone, is equally suitable for love ballads and raise-a-glass numbers.
And his hit singles reflect that, from the mid-tempo devotional tunes “We Got Us” and “Love You Like That” to the party anthems “Hole in a Bottle” and “Good Kinda Bad.”
Probably his best song is “Bronco,” a lovely ode to a brother who died young.
In it, Smith describes his feelings as “country junkyard kind of pain.”
Who: Canaan Smith, with Route 12 opening
When: 8:45 p.m.
Where: Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, 2316 S. Croatan Hwy., milepost 10, Nags Head
Info: 252-441-4116, kellysrestaurant.com
The Southern California trio, playing at New York Pizza Pub in Nags Head, formed in 1979 at the height of the punk movement.
And though they fit right in, pumping blistering three-chord songs about angst, society and alienation, their sound was flavored by shots of ‘60s surf music.
Many music historians say Orange was the first band to do that.
And not much has changed in 38 years; the music is still fast and furious.
Founding member Mike Palm (guitar-vocals) leads the current edition of the group, which includes Dave Klein (drums-vocals) and Perry Giordano (bass-vocals).
Among the band’s best-known tunes are “Bloodstains,” “The Electric Storm” and “Everything Turns Grey.”
The trio also serves up blistering takes on surf classics like “Secret Agent Man” and “Pipeline.”
Who: Agent Orange, with Manday Huge and The Hot Signals
When: 10 p.m. Friday, July 28
Where: New York Pizza Pub, 2217 S. Croatan Hwy., milepost 10, Nags Head
Info: 252-441-2660, nypizzpub.com
All over the place
The two-letter singer-songwriter grew up on Roanoke Island and started playing professionally 20 years ago.
In addition to solo work, BC has been a member of three popular local bands, Version, The Dreadnecks and Blissta.
Armed with an Alvarez acoustic guitar and harmonica, he puts a soulful spin on a wide range of covers and originals.
BC can go from hip-hop artist Weeknd to country outlaw Hank Williams Jr. to modern storyteller Jason Isbell without breaking a sweat.
I recently caught up with the 40-something singer-songwriter.
Q: When was the first time you sang in public?
A: It was at an open mic night in St. Thomas, and I was terrified. I did Fishbone’s “Change.”
Q: Who are your musical heroes?
A: My late dad, Murray Cudworth, who could really play guitar and sing. That’s what made me want to play music.
Q: Give me five of your favorite artists.
A: Bob Marley, James Taylor, Van Morrison, Prince and Marvin Gaye.
Q: Your most-unusual covers?
A: Probably Valerie June’s “Astral Plane” and Brett Dennen’s “Desert Sun Rise.”
Q: And, finally, how do you describe your sound?
A: I just call it acoustic-rock.