Nationally acclaimed singer/songwriter Michael Smith is bringing his original music to the Shake Rag Art and Culture Center in Melrose tonight at 8 p.m. Smith has at least 500 songs under his belt on more than a dozen CDs. Numerous artists have recorded his songs. Smith sat down with Florida’s 89.1, WUFT’ s Donna Green-Townsend. He shared how he picked up the guitar at 15 and one of his first songs was about his first love.[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FPMichaelSmithmixdown8312012.mp3]
From Ray Charles' early years in Florida to homegrown stars like Linda Lyndell and Little Jake Mitchell, John Capouya shines a spotlight on the underappreciated contribution Florida has made to the history of soul music in America. "Race is really the context for almost all of the stories I tell." "When white kids started listening to soul music, it really helped the whole movement toward integration of this country that when that music was accepted by a generation, it’s something you can’t quantify, but I think it made a difference."