Smith & Myers of Shinedown go acoustic for the biggest Drive-In Series show yet.
Brent Smith and Zach Myers, touring under the branding of Smith & Myers, were the latest act to perform a Covid-19 safe drive-in show at the Circle Drive-In. The duo provided the largest crowd at this venue yet as the series produced by Stage West – Scranton, Circle Drive-In, SLP Concerts and DamnMillennial Promotions continues to grow as Fall quickly approaches. Smith & Myers are better known as one half (vocalist and guitarist) of the critically acclaimed and massively popular rock band Shinedown.
Shinedown has enjoyed a steady climb of success for the past 20 years as the group has sold more than ten million records worldwide and just recently claimed the title of most number one singles on the Billboard Mainstream Rock charts out of any band, with 16. With 6 albums of Shinedown material, original content and covers Smith & Myers had no shortage of material to revisit while constructed their stripped down acoustic show for the drive-in.
Smith & Myers hit the stage just past 9PM on Friday evening as the drive-in was treated to a beautiful fall evening that even allowed the stars to be seen visibly before the bright stage lights of the performance began. The duo constructed a well mixed setlist of Shinedown hits, deep cuts, original material and covers that they would never get the chance to perform while on the road with their full band set up.
While Brent Smith kept the mood light through out during the evening as he joked with Zach Myers at his side there was no messing around when it came to performing as each track was delivered flawlessly on a technical and artistic level. Smith has widely been regarded as one of the best live vocalists in contemporary rock and his powerful vocals were even more impressive when coupled with the stripped down playing that Zach Myers provided on his guitar for the set.
Across 18 songs Smith & Myers showed the true reason Shinedown has been so successful for the past two decades – their mastership of craft. Whether it was the powerful ballad of “I’ll Follow You, the stripped down version of “Cut the Cord,” the new original single “Not Mad Enough” or the unexpected covers of Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight” the duo delivered incredible performances that laid their talents out in the most honest of ways.