Marcia R Baldwin Juanita N Lewis Mary K Hilterbran Jack D Reed ‘I had no gumption except to get high’ Long-lost siblings meet for the first time after nearly six decades apart Freedom Festival to honor the American Flag ‘Music and Memory’ at Adams County Manor renews lives lost to dementia Adams County Sheriff’s Deputy takes gold at 2017 Ohio Police and Fire Games Toole awarded Winchester Alumni Scholarship Lady Devils host Summer Varsity Shootout In 14U, Peebles finishes regular season with blowout win Der professionelle Basketball-Traum Local pair attend Wabash College Wrestling Camp Shootouts in the summer time Eight dollars and three keys When life gets messy Hot summer days were no sweat Janice McGlothin Jeannine O Evans Gerald Grooms Marvin Setty Richard G Waldron Grand Marshals selected for West Union Fourth of July Parade Adams County, Maysville Vet team up to save injured dog Michael S Knauff Victor P Price Success builds from the bottom up Finalists named for 2017 Fair Queen Contest William Glenn DeWine, Reader Call For Tips in Rhoden Murder Investigation MHS principal to take superintendent post Peebles Skate Park now a reality 2017-18 Fur and Feather Ambassadors named Caley Grooms is Cattlemen’s Beef Ambassador Dr. Mueller leaving Health Department’s free clinic Hourglass Quilt Barn returning to Adams County Lung, Thornburg are First Team All-District selections North Adams hosts annual Boys Basketball Camps Walk-off winner Wanda Hill George D Johnson Life can be a juggling act My favorite thing to do on the farm Wolves in Adams County! Ronald L Wedmore Three lessons from Dad Donald D Morgan Wenstrup uninjured in Virginia shooting Portman staff to hold grant funding workshop Raymond E Applegate Keeping the Peebles tradition alive Back on the hardwood, local hoops squads compete in Monday Night League Seven county athletes recognized as All-SHAC Baseball honorees Stepping to the podium Lady Hounds host Youth Volleyball Camp Senior Profile: Bryan Young Junior Deputy Boot Camps kick off in Manchester Hayes pleads “not guilty” to 109 counts Six-year-old girl finds long-lost class ring Jefferson Alumni awards annual scholarships Paul Tate Jr Marcus I Cox Jewell Gill James M Hill Jr Jeffrey S Jones Samuel A Disher Jack Sterling BREAKING NEWS: Parents face charges after son overdoses on opiate License Hikes and Tall Turkey Tales Danger under every rock Reigning Miss Ohio USA will judge 2017 Adams County Fair Queen Pageant Gordley’s hoops career will continue at Mount St. Joseph Russell C Newman Kenneth C Thurman George Uebel Summer Reading Program underway Honor Flight carries local veteran to DC When rescuers become victims Passing the torch, West Union hosts week-long basketball camp for future Dragons SENIOR PROFILE: Sara Knechtly Terry L Powell Willie Shreffler James C Fitzpatrick Senior Profile: Austin Parks Six countians named to All-SHAC Softball squad Lady Indians get summer camp season underway Memorial Day services pay tribute to local veterans WUHS Steel Band will perform at Bogart’s SSCC announces Honors Lists for spring semester Peebles Elementary releases Honor Roll for final nine weeks West Union Elementary announces Honor Roll for fourth nine weeks Back to State! Mom calls daughter “living proof” seat belts save lives Rent-2-Own donation means new soccer scoreboard at WUHS NAHS student selected for Engineering Summer Camp Southern Hills Athletic Conferences honors Spring Sports athletes Senior Profile: Kailyn Boyd Madison Welch receives Riffle Scholarship Junior Achievement Volunteers visit county’s seventh graders

Noah Smith and his musical journey

Local singer and songwriter Noah Smith performed on the final evening of this month’s Adams County Fair and was able to sit down to discuss his journey as a musician.

Smith describes his music as something that crosses genres and isn’t a cookie cutter version of either county or rock.

“My record musically walks a line between rock ‘n roll and country music,” Smith. “I call it American Music for fun. I”m a songwriter before everything else. Each and everyday changes and grows into something else. The music I am making changes right along with them.”

That cross-genre style was met with a sizable crowd at the Adams County Fairgrounds on July 18.

“The county fair was great,” Smith said. “The people there were a pleasure to work with and we hope to come back soon. The Chinese food booth was incredible too.”

Smith has been around music nearly his entire life, beginning to play the drums at a very young age but then gravitated towards the guitar around the age of 12.

“My first instrument was a drum set where I sat and played Santa Monica by Everclear over and over,” Smith said. “I always loved lyrics. I’d stay in my room until I had every word memorized to ever song I had.”

Smith said he began leaning towards guitar when he realized the wide range of sounds you can create with one.

“My best friend growing up had a 1970’s Telecaster that a family friend let them have,” Smith said. “I was obsessed with the sounds a guitar could make. I’d listen to songs I loved and try to make my guitar sound just like it.

Smith said he believes he still has a long way to go mastering the guitar, but enjoys the time spent trying to get there.

“It’s funny becasue I wasn’t very good at it,” Smith said laughingly. “I still don’t think I’m very good at it but I still love making noise with it.”

While Smith said he listened to many different kinds of music growing up, Don Henley, Bruce Springsteen and Paul Simon were being played “constantly” at his house as a child.

Before college, Smith joined a band called The Gambling District which he claims laid a foundation for what has become of his music career today.

“We were basically a hard working college rock band that were way too into girls and drank a little too much,” Smith said. “Being in that band gave me a great groud work to start my own artistic endeavors. I’ve been performing in dirty rock clubs working with shady characters since I was 16. You learn to navigate those eaters really fast or you wouldn’t be doing it anymore. The ones crazy enough to keep doing it are the ones that make a difference in music.”

From there, Smith attended the University of Cincinnati where he earned a bachelor’s degree through the College Conservatory of Music.

“I went to UC because I loved the electronic media program there and my generation was brought up being told you graduate and then you go to college and then you get a good job,” Smith said. “I loved it there and I’m proud of my degree. I joke all the time that college just taught me how to be in a band. I made a lot of mistakes and learned a lot of lessons in life and music along the way. I think that time in my life was the time when my close family and friends realized I was going to be doing this the rest of my life.”

After college, Smith started his solo career which has landed him performing in some really interesting places besides the smokey dive bars before college.

“Lasy year I got to perform at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a small event inside the track,” Smith said. “After the show my band and I got to kiss the bricks. That was a huge musical moment for me. I also love performing at the Southgate House Revival too. It feels like home every time we are there.”

Smith said the favorite part of his job as a musician is engraining music within his life experiences.

“Music takes us on a journey,” Smith said. “I call them music moments. Different states, cool homeless dudes that share stories, old vets, sharing songs with each other in kitchens, alleys, van rides, etc. We don’t live life and do music. We live life and music is a part of it. I love the community of fans and friends and family that surounds the music we’ve been making.”

For more information about Noah Smith you can visit www.noahsmithmusic.com.

Reach Charles Grove at 937-544-2391, cgrove@civitasmedia.com or @WUDefender on Twitter.

Chris Butler (left) and Noah Smith performing at the Adams County Fair on July 18.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_IMG_7681.jpgChris Butler (left) and Noah Smith performing at the Adams County Fair on July 18. Charles Grove | People’s Defender

Noah Smith (left) with banjo player Michael Moeller.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_IMG_7656.jpgNoah Smith (left) with banjo player Michael Moeller. Charles Grove | People’s Defender

By Charles Grove

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