Nate Smith may just take the title of being the nicest guy in country music.
Walking into the Betsey Trotwood pub, Smith lights up the early morning with his warm welcome and rosy cheeriness, a perfect mixer for the coffee and laughter that's shared around the room.
While his music traverses the spectrum of emotional expression, Smith constantly delivers with a familiar sense of animation and aspiration, giving you a sense of comfort that his music will soothe and restore you regardless of the mood you are in.
Smith's candidness comes to the fore when he performs live, especially in such an intimate setting. The bittersweet poignancy of 'Sleeve''s imagery resonantes out of Smith's lungs, a rasping weariness forever indented into the words "I'm still pickin' up the pieces / But at least it's still beatin"
"It means the world to me, everybody that's supported this song", Smith admits before performing his No.1 hit, 'Whiskey On You'. "If it means something to you, that's the whole point of making music".
It's this unflinching selflessness to provide emotional shelter for anyone who needs it that makes Nate Smith such an endearing and already beloved songwriter and artist.
Performing his songs 'Sleeve', 'Better Boy' and 'Whiskey On You', this is Nate Smith for the Holler Live Sessions.
Director: Dan Monro
Cameras: Dan Monro, Tom Francome, Nick Richards and Joe Monk
Audio Engineer: Nathaniel Kastoryano
Editor: Dan Monro (Lookout Productions)
Producers: Ross Jones & Gemma Donahoe