"City Wide” to Sad Disco: Sean Danger Smith talks compact songwriting, collaboration, and finding love at Ortlieb’s

This February, from the depths of the pandemic, Philly singer-songwriter Sean Danger Smith released an earnest, anthemic song about falling in love in the simpler before times.

“City Wide / We Met At Ortlieb’s” made its debut on the Philly Loves You holiday compilation, and its yearning, uplifting alt-roots tones channeled stars like Marcus Mumford and Nathaniel Rateliff as Smith described a fervent romance forged over Pabst and Beam, cocktail napkin sketches, and late nights.