YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TALK MUSIC:
It is neither rap, nor hip-hop, nor spoken-word poetry, nor slam poetry, although the percussive gusto with which Dan Smith
works his voice suggests a debt to all those genres. It also calls to mind the kind of secret things you might have said and done alone in your teenage bedroom with a tape recorder, in the world before YouTube, with your lips pressed to the built-in mic on the jambox and your fingers getting pinched by the coils of a spiral notebook filled with rhymes. Imagine what the sweet and dark rhymes of your young mind would sound like fully realized by a tattooed troubadour from northwest Arkansas, and you'92ll start to get a sense of what '93talk music'94 means. Although Smith calls his act Listener
, he does all the talking. Which is to say he vocalizes, while collaborator Christin Nelson handles drums, keys and guitar. An outing he'92s calling '93The Gun & Knife Show Tour'94
will bring him to Birmingham this week. Listener performs at Nomad Supply, 916 23rd St. South, at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29 with Spoken Nerd
opening. The all-ages show costs just five bucks. Call (205) 907-8200 or go to www.nomadsupply.com
to learn more.