With 10 tracks, Mike Smith’s first Country/Americana album Always You And Me showcases a lot of variety in the sounds present on the project from scorching country rockers to blues-y and dance-y numbers to powerful ballads. A consistent throughout Always You And Me are Smith’s lyrics and vocals.
“All Your Love” is graced with Dan Dunmore’s iconic steel guitars and the production from Nioshi Jackson brings the song to life, Jackson produced seven of the project’s 10 tracks and showcases an apt ability to build vibrant country/rockers (“Keep It All To Yourself,” second single “Green Eyed Girl”) and nuanced ballads. The other three tracks were produced by the Avilla Brothers (with an assist by Gilby Clarke on two of those tracks) and they feature ear worm debut single “Little Bit Of Us” and the title track, “Always You And Me,” opening and closing the record, respectively.
It’d be easy to dismiss Always You And Me as a vanity project from a successful producer/musician from other genres but as Aaron Lewis proved, if you do country right, albeit different here than how Lewis approaches his art, it’ll treat you well as country music has Mike Smith with Always You And Me.