Thursday, December 31, 2015

Jason Guy Smiley shows the stuff to be Orlando's new folk-punk darling (Will's Pub)

Posted By on Thu, Dec 31, 2015 at 10:05 AM


click to enlarge Jason Guy Smiley at Will's Pub - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Jason Guy Smiley at Will's Pub
This city has big love for rugged, bleeding folk-punk. Just look at the congregation every time Lucero or the Revival Tour rolls through. It’s one of the most passionate audiences around. Well, Orlando, I got your next man-crush: Jason Guy Smiley (Dec. 29, Will's Pub).

click to enlarge Jason Guy Smiley at Will's Pub - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Jason Guy Smiley at Will's Pub
Considering the background of the former Midget Fan Club member – punk vet from Gainesville gone folk – the Chuck Ragan parallels will loom. And though it’s not a perfect analogy since he’s also got a big shot of Ben Nichols in his voice, Smiley actually packs the gravel and gusto to justify the comparison. If any of those names are dear to your heart, pour yourself some self-respecting bourbon, lean back and check this guy out. He’s not too well-known here yet but, with this town’s thirst for folk-punk, it should only be a matter of time.


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