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Smith & Myers of Shinedown play acoustic show at Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg on Dec. 6

Smith & Myers of Shinedown play acoustic show at Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg on Dec. 6
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From a press release:

It was announced today that singer Brent Smith and guitarist Zach Myers of multi-platinum hard rock band Shinedown, performing under the name Smith & Myers, will play an acoustic show at the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. with J.R. Moore and Zack Mack.

Tickets, which are $29.50 in advance or $33 the day of the show, go on sale this Friday, Sept. 29 at 10 a.m. and will be available through the Sherman Theater box office (524 Main St., Stroudsburg), online at shermantheater.com and ticketfly.com, and all Ticketmaster outlets. VIP boxes and sky boxes are available for this show and include eight tickets (VIP box) or 12 tickets (sky box), a fruit and cheese platter, and waitstaff. To purchase box seats, call the theater at 570-420-2808.

Shinedown have built their name on rock songs both brutal in power and epic in scope. With their latest album, they veer away from that densely layered sonic palette and take a more direct approach. Featuring lead single “Cut the Cord,” a blistering track that shot to No. 1 on Active Rock radio, “Threat to Survival” finds the multi-platinum-selling band achieving their most powerful sound ever and offering up their most important album to date.

As Smith explains, Shinedown’s approach on “Threat to Survival” had much to do with the emotionally raw material at the heart of the album.

“When we started the writing process, we realized the changes that had taken place over the past two years – our experiences, the relationships that had come and gone. The album really took on a life of its own,” he says. “It’s like the songs were saying to us, ‘The songs were so honest, it felt necessary to present them in the most straightforward way possible.’”

In forming the emotional core of the album, Shinedown delved into many of the most thorny issues facing the band members in recent years, such as Smith’s navigating his role as a father.

“There’s not any song that’s directly about my son but, as we were writing, I was asking myself a lot of questions about what it means to be a good father,” he explains. “It forced me to look at who I am as a person and what’s really important to me at this point in my life.”

In both the writing process and in the final product, that unflinching self-examination proved sometimes devastating but ultimately life-affirming. “I always say that I write songs because it’s therapy, and that very much held true on the writing of this album,” Smith notes.

Shinedown continually bring both staggering musicality and a powerful emotional complexity to their music.

“There’s always been a certain level of positivity with Shinedown – that’s even where our name came from,” says Smith. “There’s a sense that everything that’s bad has a little bit of good to it, just like everything that’s good has a little bit of bad. The songs on this album address the reality that we’re all going to die at some point and that sometimes the willingness to survive is all you have. It’s about holding onto that sheer will to live and getting through whatever might come your way because the legacy that you leave behind is what will carry you on to your next journey.”

Known worldwide for their unparalleled streak of hits, Shinedown is one of the most successful rock bands of the 21st century. Their unmatched ascendancy over multi-format rock radio has seen the band achieve a record-setting 20 No. 1 singles. Hailed by fans as a fiery and always exciting live act, Shinedown has shared their explosive performances with audiences across the globe.

See NEPA Scene’s photos of Shinedown playing at Rock’N Derby in Schaghticoke, New York last year here.