"Once in a blue moon, a new artist comes across your path in a way that makes you go; ‘Why haven’t I heard of this guy before!?’. In a world that seems oversaturated by acts desperately trying to authentically connect, Ladd Smith has single-handedly revived my optimism for the next generation of emerging performers.
A young pioneer of the burgeoning "Parlor Pop" genre, Ladd's original songs are an equally tasteful blend of Nashville word-smithing, melted into the timeless melodies and simple elegance of The Beatles. I believe he is exactly what is missing in today's fast-food music industry.
I happened upon Ladd's Myspace page nearly a year before actually meeting him in person, and immediately fell in love with the lighthearted lyrics and whistled refrain of his song "Treehouse". After hitting repeat several times on the radio-friendly "Beautiful Thing", he brought me to tears with the heart-wrenching lament of "Just Another Alice".
As his name suggests, Ladd has a natural boyish charm. A mischievous smile with a quick wit and wild imagination; but there's an old soul in this Stillwater, Oklahoma native. It feels like you're already listening to a classic every time you hear his rich baritone carry a handcrafted chorus. To see Ladd live is to experience electric charisma and acoustic energy. You can tell he genuinely loves his audience. There’s something about the way he connects with every single person in the room that makes you feel like his music is an important part of your story.
You should know, it's not just his instantly recognizable voice & blonde curls that will make you swoon! He also plays just about any instrument you can think of and is a true guitar virtuoso. He's been on numerous recordings as a session guitarist since he was a teenager and he beat out over 6000 other guitarists to be crowned Guitar Player Magazine's International Guitar Hero. Guitar God, Joe Satriani, had this to say: “Amazing. I couldn’t play like that in a million years!”
Over the last year, I've had the privilege of being among the first to hear a collection of Ladd's latest material, as he's been preparing to record his next highly-anticipated studio album and I can confidently say that you will need new socks! This is the year of Ladd Smith. Get ready to go barefoot."