Singer-songwriter Caitlyn Smith

Caitlyn Smith
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Venue
Turf Club
1601 University Ave. W
St. Paul, MN 55104

Tickets
$19.50, Advance


21+ Show Growing up in the small town of Cannon Falls, Minnesota, Caitlyn Smith was drawn to music at a young age. She put together her first band when she was 12 years old, drafting her brother as the drummer, and started cold-calling local venues for gigs. By the time she finished high school, she was writing and performing so often that her parents asked if she wanted to use her college fund to finance a record; she went on to make three albums before she turned 19. “I cut my teeth in the Minneapolis clubs,” she says. “All those times sneaking into shows was a defining time of my life, it left a huge mark on me. And the fact that there were these great artists who had come from Minnesota—Prince, Bob Dylan, Jonny Lang—made the idea of being a musician more attainable.” Smith moved to the Twin Cities and played everywhere she could, but she had also been told that Nashville was a gathering place for songwriters, so she drove south to check it out. Discovering a city of kindred spirits, she began finding connections in the writing community. “As often as I could afford it,” she says, “I would take my Dodge Neon and drive for 14 hours, and started a period of going back and forth between the two cities.” The Starfire song “St. Paul” stands as her tribute to this chapter of her development. “It captures that spirit of how it all started,” she says. “Wherever I travel, Minnesota will always be home.”