Written by Cady Colosimo
Born and bred on the South Side of Des Moines, Dustin Smith is the soul man of our dreams. With his genuine smile and kindest of eyes, he radiates warmth and positivity. It only makes sense that he would front the most awesome soul band in all of Des Moines: The Maytags. The band released their debut EP “Nova” in 2014 and filled our hearts with joy. This past fall the band spent time at the Bomb Shelter in Nashville, Tennessee working on their full-length follow-up, due in spring 2016.
When Smith isn’t singing he’s slinging drinks at various Des Moines hot spots, like Centro. “I like booze and the creativity within it,” Smith says. His days are spent building the band, writing, and focusing on “all things real.” Don’t miss The Maytags this Friday, November 27 (Doors: 8 p.m. Show: 9 p.m.) at Wooly’s (Tickets $8-10). They’ll be kickin’ it on a soul filled bill with Christopher The Conquered and The Candymakers.
Dorando - Didn't I
"This track blows my mind. It has a great arrangement and a message that has been hitting home lately. All about the troubles and conflicts of love."
David Ramirez - Harder to Lie
"This time of year always takes me into a very self-reflecting place. My ears and inspiration tend to lean towards honest folk or country music just like this. I saw David at The Vaudeville Mews a couple weeks ago for the first time. His performance is still running through my head."
Vulfpeck - Christmas in L.A
"Everyone loves a good Christmas jam. This whole album is filled with soul driving grooves. Definitely pushes the bar for any new band trying to make a statement."
Gil Scott Heron - The Revolution will not be televised
"Gil Scott is a beast. He’s so prolific and such a staple for this genre. This song is probably one of his better known and takes a rad approach preaching change."
John Givez - Elementary Trill
"Hip Hop holds a high place in my heart. It's poetic and real. John Givez is new to me and over the past couple months I’ve really enjoyed his work. It has a tendency to lean towards the church and get preachy on some tracks, but never enough to be offensive."
Saun and Star - Big Wheel
"These ladies are perfect. This is their first album off of Daptone and it's a classic; filled with perfect hits, hooks, and melodies. Their story is pretty rad too. They have been singing back-up vocals for Sharon Jones for the past decade, and many other artists before going solo."
Chris Stapleton - Tennessee Whiskey
"Oooftah. I. Am. A. Sucker. For country music. Especially this time of year. This is an awesome take on an old standard. I am head over heels about this dude too and it’s a new discovery for me. He's been writing in Nashville for artists like Kenny Chesney, George Straight, The Dixie Chicks, and more before going solo this year. That kind of career is super admirable and so is this album."
LCD Soundsystem - Home
"LCD was one of those bands I kind of dodged for a long time based on their reputation. I hate that I do that but it almost makes the discovery process even more rewarding when I can approach it on my own terms. It has been great getting to know their discography over the last couple of months."