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Smith's Stacker Songs

Dustin Hahn

Cornell’s beloved “stacker.”
Cornell’s beloved “stacker.”

Terry Smith of Cornell who has been playing music for more than 45 years. It all started on February 9, 1964, when his brother dragged him to their grandparents’ house to watch The Beatles perform on The Ed Sullivan Show. After this, he discovered a love for music. He has since played the guitar with various groups and in various styles. For the last five years, he has been playing his own acoustic shows. He also released an album titled Songs from Stacker Valley last spring. He worked with Mike Vlahakis at Soundworks Studio in Eau Claire, who has since closed up shop. But Smith says that he went there to utilize Vlahakis’ talents. Vlahakis did all of the bass, keyboard, and drum work for the album, which helped Smith complete the record’s sound. As for the album itself, the old-timey songs cover a range of topics from Smith’s own life as well as many different emotions. For example, “Polley Lane” is named for an actual street where an old girlfriend lived, while “Small Town Drunk” is more of a tongue-in-cheek tune. Smith mainly performs at various locations in and around Cornell, but he will return to Eau Claire on June 11 to play at Fanny Hill.