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 🙂

During the recording process for the last solo album, Year Of The Dog, I took some time off to record a live album with a side band. The band was called The Station Rd Band, and the influences were mainly vintage Stones and Dylan at his most rollicking. The project was then shelved while I concentrated on finishing YOTD but I’ve started listening back to the results, and I’ve decided to initially release a 4 track EP. The lineup was elec guitar/ vocals, drums, bass, keys and horns, and you can have a listen to one of the tracks here. I’m hoping to get the project finished by early 2015. Stay tuned for updates.

Below is the review, by Pieter Wijnstekers of Dutch mag Heaven, of Year Of The Dog. Translated by Petra Heemskerk.

Year Of The Dog is the third album from Brisbane, Australia based singer-songwriter Phil Smith and the album cover (a moody black / white photo of Smith against a black background) is as bare and honest as the music he presents to us. Or perhaps not because, although the basis of Smith’s beautiful songs are shaped by his voice and guitar, as well as banjo, they are usually subtly further coloured in by piano, violin, mandolin, pedal steel, cello and harmonica. It lends the album a wonderful folky atmosphere that, along with Smith’s beautiful voice, is reminiscent of comparable troubadours like Neil Young, Nick Drake or Ryan Adams, all three artists whose quality Smith approaches here. All this makes The Year Of The Dog an album that is as timeless as it is touchingly classic. One that perhaps will be overshadowed by albums that are more self congratulatory, but that will ultimately last at least a lifetime. 8.5/10.