So!!! We finally got the new vinyl back, ‘1,2,3,4…’. 12 inches of pure ’70’s kickass country tinged rock ‘n’roll. Recorded live in 3 days in an old dairy barn with a 6 piece band, comprising drums, bass, Hammond organ, piano, Wurlitzer, Fender Rhodes and 2 guitars, this record boasts a collection of 9 songs – ‘any of which wouldn’t be out of place on the soundtrack to the classic Texas documentary Heartworn Highway.’* “It’s like reading a book of short stories set to sound,” is how one critic put it, with the album receiving 4 stars from Brisbane’s The Courier Mail.

Rob Dickens, of online music blog Music Mainline, described the new album as “similar to classic Bob Dylan, The Band or Neil Young with Crazy Horse, a beautifully ‘loose’ vibe that is foot-tapping and brain-engaging.

‘1,2,3,4…’ is available to purchase through the BUY button on this site,  on 12 inch vinyl (w/ a digital download) or the slightly more modest CD. * Dennis Atkins, The Courier Mail.

So, it’s been a bit of a lengthy process, but the new album is on it’s way. Recorded live w/ a 5 piece band last November, mixed and mastered earlier this year, the new Phil Smith & the Lights album ‘1,2,3,4…’ is due for release in the first week of September. Launching at The Old Museum here in Brisbane, Sat Sept 10, this album is a true throwback to the recording aesthetics of the late 60’s and 70’s. It was tracked live in an old dairy barn in just over 2 days, and will be released on 12 inch vinyl, as well as digital download and a deluxe edition CD with an extra track not available on the vinyl release, and extensive liner notes.

Shortly after the launch I will be heading to Europe for a 20 date solo tour of the Netherlands/ Belgium in support of my last album ‘Year Of The Dog’, after which I’m hoping to head back into the studio to record the follow up to that album.

Stay tuned for more news on the album launch!!



With a love of artists like The Stones, The Band, Creedence and Dylan at his most shambolic, a couple of mates and I have been jamming on some new material that harks back to the golden age of these amazing artists. Strong on story, loose on delivery, with a big emphasis on having a blast and bringing back the purpose of entertaining. With enough material for a new long player, we’ve just received funding for this project, and with one of the guys heading south in the new year we’re aiming to lay down an album before the end of this year. If you wanna catch the new material before it gets laid down, come and check one of the Padre shows in October/ November out. We’d love to see you there…and make sure you come and say hi 🙂

“Like the best songwriters in the genre, Smith manages to shape an album of his and others’ troubles, a dash of drink, women, self-reflection and redemption. And like the best albums, “Year Of The Dog” avoids being defined by its mood; relying on the strength of the songs rather than the weight of the subject matter.”

James McCurry.

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Just when I thought it was going to be a quiet week I realised I have a bunch of radio interviews coming up before the tour kicks off. The first one will be this Wednesday 4th June on Switch 1197’s Breakfast Show. Switch is a community broadcast radio station based here in Brisbane, and it’s at 1197 on the AM dial. Tune in from 8am for a bit of a chat about the upcoming tour and maybe a song or 2. Thursday 5th June at 3:30pm I’ll be interviewed by ABC 612’s Tim Cox, with a chat and a live to air acoustic song, and the next day, Fri 6th June I’ll be on 4zzz at 11am with Quentin. The following day is the first date of the tour. The Bearded Lady in West End is where the action will be kicking off at 8pm with Bree De Rome. We’ll be on at 9, and there’s no cover charge.