Manchester grad enjoys a “Super” Experience Taking Adams County patriotism to the state capitol John P Sininger Jo Ann Hayslip Harvey U Schrock Eunice G. Burgess Senior Profile: Kaulen St Michael Cox Racing returns to Brushcreek on April 2 Southern Hills Athletic Conference holds Winter Sports Awards ceremony Adams County provides multiple walking venues Adams County parks are tobacco-free Rhoads Memorial 5K Run/Walk is April 9 Peebles Elem. Staff of the Month Floyd E Maddy Raymond A Holt Derrick Poe Spencer E McFarland Mintie F Rogers Roberta Eylar Big Time Wrestling coming to NAHS Carl Tomlin CTC students help with storm clean-up Opening the door for high-tech jobs Jack R Slyger Thomas Stratton Jr Eastern Lady Warriors headed to Final Four Senior Profile: Logan Rogers Southern Hills Athletic Conference names 2016-17 All-Conference Basketball Teams Winchester PD continues assault on drugs Alonso joins Defender staff Sheriff to set up outpost in Manchester Johnson named OEDA Membership Chairperson Sherman E Young Ruth Jackman ‘Kitten Season’ comes to Ohio Manchester Council votes to disband PD Olde Wayside Inn under new management Two overdose on heroin Senior Profile: Ethan Parrett Adams/Brown Youth League holds postseason tourney Three nights of pain Furious rally falls short, Lady Devils again eliminated in Div. III district finals, 45-42 Oscar Moore Barbara J Finnegan Ohio Senate and House honor Miss Ohio USA Michael Eldridge Frances Towner Thelma R Williamson BREAKING NEWS: Manchester council votes to eliminate police department Before all dogs go to heaven Adaptive Bikes delivered in Adams County Adams County Junior Fair Market Hog Identification plans announced for 2017 Local couple takes ownership of two local businesses Jo Hanson to retire after nearly 50 years in banking Sierra Club, hero or villain? Greyhounds, Devils are runners-up in SHAC Tournaments Harold L Purdin Senior Profile: Jacob Wickerham 98-year old author publishes first book Early March storm packs destructive punch Jeeps rally in second half to end the Peebles season How about some post season awards? Thanks for all the great sports coverage PHS Principal hopes to expand students’ world view When spring becomes a promise Greg Lorenz Clay shoots the lights out, shoots down Greyhounds’ season Senior Profile: Savannah McFarland Devils put up a good fight, but fall to Portsmouth in sectional final, 50-43 Second half comeback sends Lady Devils to district finals for third straight year Butts honored by Southeast District Athletic Board North Adams Elementary holds Random Acts of Kindness Week Chester W Eyre BREAKING NEWS: March makes its entrance with force WUES kicks off Right to Read Week with guest readers WUHS students see Aronoff show on the life of Edgar Allan Poe Local high school seniors winners of Wendy’s Heisman Awards The emotions of a senior year Market Hog Clinic scheduled for March 4 Venture Hawks fall to Scioto County Senior Profile : Colton Thornburg Lady Dragons’ season ends with sectional loss to Lynchburg Devils advance in tourney with convincing win over West Union, will face Portsmouth for sectional title Wenstrup selected as Vice Chairman of House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee Adams County 4-H Shooting Sports to hold fund raiser Linda M Howland Nellie B Hayslip Russell E Bailey Gladys M Perdue Commissioners meet in Columbus with DP&L CEO Tom Raga Missing the Dirtrollers The farms that aren’t forgotten Flora Hilderbran Commissioners to meet with DP&L officials New state graduation requirements called a ‘train wreck’ Catching up with Keller Senior Profile: Justin Knechtly Piketon size is too much for Lady Indians, Peebles falls in sectional finals Greyhounds grab Senior Night win Indians finish regular season riding six-game winning streak

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

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