“Last Drive” on NPR Music…

“4 Stars” Mojo Magazine

“Smith steps up to challenge, with the likes of Justin Rutledge and Rocky Votolato … with deeply confessional lyrics, the best of which can be found on ‘Goodnight Stars’ and ‘Surrounded.’ Americana UK

“Straight-from-the-heart sincerity, capped off with a sense of yearning. A sad beauty permeates the 10 song set…”  Miles of Music

“…a dusty epic-inspired by the story songs of Gillian Welch, the Louvin Brothers, and Steve Earle.” The Stranger – Seattle

“The album Last Drive, as a whole, hangs with the best of the genre: Josh Ritter’s Golden Age of Radio, Lucinda William’s Car Wheels on a Gravel Road and Townes Van Zandt’s High, Low, and In Between.” The Boise Weekly

“The sound is pure americana with pedal steel, mandolin, accordian and dobro. Darren’s voice and the way he structures his songs reminds me of recent stuff from Slaid Cleaves. It’s tasteful and every element from the instrumentation to the backing vocals are just perfect.”

“Darren Smith wraps his songs with creative heartfelt emotional lyrics. Then he weaves in singer/songwriter tested pop-rock envelopes. His vocal delivery is sugary and that combines nicely with Appalachian guitars…Great music!”

“This is noteworthy literate folk music that deserves a wider audience… There is sadness on this record but like Springsteen’s Nebraska it has a quiet joy to it. Indeed you’ll find more songwriting on this disc than a shelf full of Seeger tribute discs…there ain’t no filler here. Mr.Smith is no Mr.Jones…he does know what’s happening and he sings it right if you see this coming flag it down it’s worth a spin round the block.” Flyin’ Shoes