Smith/McKay All Day: A Gourd's new 'Smile Side' project

Cory Walsh

Smith/McKay All Day formed out of a chance happening four years ago: Two musicians from Texas living in Missoula meet randomly when they both need a new project.

Jimmy Smith’s from Austin, where he co-founded the Gourds. Pat McKay’s from Amarillo, and has played guitar for groups like Hogwild and Cold Beans and Bacon.

Their music pairs Smith’s gregarious, singalong hooks, lyrical quirkiness and heavy basslines with McKay’s fretwork, which changes tones and genres as the tunes require.

Their debut album, “On the Smile Side,” out this Friday, is a landmark for Smith personally, he said. It’s his first proper album since the demise of his cult-favorite roots band, and shows off “identity we created for this.” It has “no Gourdness on it, other than just me, being here.”


Smith/Mckay All Day are holding a release show for their new album on Saturday, May 7, at Monk’s. You can also see Tom Catmull and the Protest Kids. Doors open at 7 p.m. 21 and up only. Cover is $10.

The album will be available on vinyl and digital release. Go to for more information.


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