Portland Oregon’s acclaimed family music artists Aaron Nigel Smith and Red Yarn released their first collaborative album, Smith & Yarn, on April 29, 2022. The spirited collection mixes their signature styles of reggae, funk, folk, country and roots rock into a unique blend of sounds and cultural traditions. The music is fused with lyrics that celebrate unity, activism and friendship in a warm and welcoming way.
Aaron Nigel Smith is a GRAMMY®-nominated producer, teaching artist, and nonprofit leader and Red Yarn, aka Andy Furgeson, is an award-winning Texas-born family folk-rocker and puppeteer. Smith and Furgeson have been friends and colleagues in the Portland family music community for the last decade. They’ve worked together on events, taught side-by-side, and sung on each other’s projects, but Smith & Yarn this is their first in-depth creative collaboration.
After talking about making a record together for years, Smith pitched the idea for a country-reggae hybrid in fall 2020. They were sharing a livestream studio to weather the pandemic and began writing and recording songs together. For a year and a half, they each brought new songs to the table, fleshed out tracks in Smith’s home studio, and invited guests to contribute remotely. Smith & Yarn represents a long, organic collaborative process that pushed both artists outside of their comfort zones, yielding songs and sounds that neither would have created alone.
Track Listing & Guest Musicians:
Aaron Nigel Smith: vocals, guitars, keyboards, bass, percussion
Andy Furgeson: vocals, guitars, banjo, harmonica
Jubba White: drums
Dale Haslan: bass
Arcellus Sykes: bass
Co-Produced by Aaron Nigel Smith & Red Yarn.
Engineered by Aaron Nigel Smith.
Mixed by Adam Selzer.
Mastered by Dana White.
All songs by Aaron Nigel Smith (Aya World Productions, BMI) & Andy Furgeson
(Red Yarn’s Notebook, ASCAP).
Photos by Lissa Hahn.
Design by Heather Lin.
PR by Mayers Consulting.
Distributed by Tuff Gong International.
© 2022, Aya World Productions & Red Yarn Productions.