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Sahara Smith On World Cafe

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Sahara Smith On World Cafe

Sahara Smith On World Cafe

Sahara Smith On World Cafe

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Set List

  • "The Real Thing"
  • "Thousand Secrets"
  • "Are You Lonely"
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Sahara Smith
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Born in Austin but raised in the hill country of Texas, Sahara Smith has a musical style that reflects her background — sweeping, rolling and expansive. Her blend of bluesy country and folk evokes images of long roads into never-ending horizons.

The singer and songwriter began writing music at age 12, and when she was 14, she placed second in a national talent contest held by Prairie Home Companion. As a result, she got a manager and began to play around Austin. Despite obstacles (a label collapse and college classes), Smith's first release, Myth of the Heart, is now on shelves and earning new fans by the day. The 20-something cites her "lifetime love" of Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits as a driving force behind the album, which was produced with the help of the inimitable T-Bone Burnett.